Biography

Barbara Kilpatrick is an interdisciplinary visual artist working at the intersection of live performance and the still object. For over twenty years, her work has been seen in the context of dance and multi-media performance, where her photographs,  set and costume installations are an integral ingredient in the creation of each production.  Her collaborative work with dancer-choreographer Vicky Shick extends over two decades, leading to a BESSIE award (New York Dance and Performance Award) for “Outstanding Creative Achievement”. Kilpatrick, Shick and sound designer Elise Kermani have shown their work at The Art Center of the Capital Region, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, West End Theater, American Dance Institute, 92nd Street Y / Harkness Dance Festival; the Trafó Theatre in Budapest, Hungary; and the Project Art Centre as part of the Dublin Dance Festival in Ireland. Their site-specific work Everything You See, designed for the architecture of Danspace Project, was nominated for a BESSIE in the category “Outstanding Production for 2013”.  Her collaborations with sound designer/multi-media artist Elise Kermani have led to projects in performance, installation and film, including Jocasta, Keepsake, and Poe (and the Museum of Lost Arts.) Kilpatrick was an Artist in Residence at the New Arts Program in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. She has shown her solo installations in the context of performance at the Kitchen, St Mark’s Church and New York Live Arts, and curated a show of performing and visual artists, Motion Fixity, at the Pierro Gallery, East Orange, New Jersey. Kilpatrick ’s photographs have been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Dance Magazine and Time Out New York. Her sculpture, drawings and photographs have been exhibited in numerous group shows along the East Coast and in Japan and Ireland, and included in private collections and the Allentown Art Museum. In 2012, her work Bearskin, a performance for puppets and movement artists, was presented at FIAF (French Institute / Alliance Française.)  Kilpatrick has received support from the New York Foundation for the Arts SOS Grants; from the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation (with Shick and Kermani); and from the Cill Rialaig Artist’s Residency in Ballinskelligs, Ireland.