For our 30th Anniversary, Sunflower Music Festival is pleased to be partnering with special guest Visual Artist Barbara Waterman-Peters. Barbara is a local NoTo (North Topeka) artist, as well as a former Washburn instructor and alumni. She received her BFA from Washburn University followed by an MFA from Kansas State University. Her award-winning work is in museum, corporate and private collections, and is represented by Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS, Mojo Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 123 Main Studio & Gallery in Naper, Nebraska, South Wind, Beauchamp, Mulvane Art Museum Gift Shop, and Warehouse 414 Galleries in Topeka.
She was a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery (1987-2014) and is a charter member of Circle of 7. She has shown regionally, nationally and internationally in over 250 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions. In 2010 she became the first Core Artist in NOTO, founding STUDIO 831. Waterman-Peters taught at Washburn and Kansas State Universities as well as Lassen Community College in California. Currently, she writes about artists for TOPEKA and LAWRENCE Magazines. She also writes an “Artist Spotlight” online for TOPEKA Magazine. She has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas and the Monroe Award from the Washburn University Alumni Association. In 2011 she was awarded the ARTY for Distinguished Visual Artist from ARTSConnect in Topeka. She has illustrated several books, including BACI: A Mind-Altering Cat and THE COLLECTIVE @ 25 both of which she also wrote and designed; in addition, she has created book cover art for a number of authors. In 2015 she illustrated THE FISH’S WISHES, written by Glendyn Buckley. Together, they published this children’s book and have formed their own company, Pen & Brush Press LLC. For many years, Waterman-Peters has been the staff artist for the Andrew and Georgia Neese Gray Theater at Washburn University.
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