Barbara Bickel is an artist, researcher, educator and independent curator. She received a Ph.D. in Art Education (Curriculum Studies) from The University of British Columbia, Canada, where her arts-based research focused on women, ritual, spiritual leadership in multi-faith contexts, collaboration, and restorative and transformative learning. She completed an arts-based MA in Education at The University of British Columbia, where she inquired into the body as a site of knowing -- performing itself as text. She holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Calgary and a BA in Sociology and Art History from the University of Alberta.
Her art and performance rituals have been exhibited and performed in Canada since 1991. Her articles on arts-based inquiry and a/r/tography have been published in numerous journals and book chapters. She is committed to an integral life practice that encourages relational ways of knowing and being of the artist, researcher and educator. At SIUC’s School of Art and Design, Bickel teaches courses in Art Education and Drawing. Her art portfolio and arts-based research can be viewed on-line at http://www.barbarabickel.com.
Professor Bickel is pictured (below) with her new works, Stone tracings (left) and Where water meets air (right), created at Gibraltar Point Center for the Arts in Toronto.
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