Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery

2000 South 39th Street

Saint Louis, Missouri 63110


Open by appointment

rebecca lynn barnard: a photographic tapestry

November 3 to November 26, 2018

Rebecca Lynn Barnard at Cathy GregoryRebecca Lynn Barnard was born in 1953. She grew up in St Louis, Missouri, where she died in 2015. She studied at Washington University, where she received a BA in music and an MA in English Literature. She began photographing in earnest in her thirties. Barnard studied at St Louis Community College at Forest Park, where her teachers included the late John Hilgert and Tom Barkman. She came to appreciate the community that developed among the people from a wide variety of backgrounds who taught or enrolled in photography courses there.

Rebecca Lynn Barnard at Cathy GregoryShe learned much by looking. She admired the work of such photographers as Eugene Atget, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Ralph Gibson. But more important was looking – looking at people and things in the world. She would buy things at antique malls and thrift stores and then arrange them in her home. She said, “I'm training my eye."

Although she did not exhibit often, her work came to be appreciated by many St. Louis photographers. Barnard's work is in the collection of Wells Fargo. In 2008, Maryville University in St Louis devoted both rooms of its art gallery to a retrospective exhibit of nearly five hundred of her images.

Fresh Eyes, Three St Louis Photographers; August-September 1994; Stein Gallery, Clayton MO
with Matt Gainer and Mark Tyler
Title and date unknown; ca. 1996; St Louis Community College at Forest Park
What We Have Forgotten; April 1998; St Louis Community College at Forest Park
What We Have Forgotten 2 – retrospective exhibit; May-June 2008; Maryville University
Abstractions; October 2018; May Gallery, Webster University

Thanks to Richard Rubin for his diligent efforts to make this exhibition of Ms. Barnard's work possible.