Harris and Ros Barron met at the Massachusetts College of Art, married a year later in 1953, and established their first studio in 1954. They have made art since—as individuals and as collaborators.
ROS BARRON has exhibited her work at, among others, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has been supported by grants for video art from The Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Bunting Institute of Harvard University [Fellow], The New York Arts Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council—Town of Brookline, The LEF Foundation, and others.
Her work is in the permanent collection of: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Kijhuis, Netherlands; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Addison Gallery of American Art; The Worcester Art Museum; Dartmouth College; Smith College; and many other public and private collections.
Ros Barron‘s biography is included in current editions of Who‘s Who in America; Who‘s Who in American Art; and Who‘s Who in American Women.
Barron has taught painting and performance art at University of Massachusetts, Boston. She lives and maintains her studio in Brookline, Massachusetts.
HARRIS BARRON‘s sculpture and performance works have been presented at many venues in this country and abroad, including: The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Institute of Contemporary Art; The Children‘s Museum; Boston Film & Video Foundation; The Artist‘s Foundation, Boston; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, ME [Purchase Award] as well as at universities, including lectures—Harvard, MIT, Brandeis, Colorado at Boulder, Utah at Salt Lake City; Ohio at Columbus—the Bertha Schaefer Gallery and Automation House, New York City; Ward-Nasse and Kanegis Galleries, Boston; Kenneth Taylor Gallery, Nantucket [First Prize]; and in Brussels; Rotterdam; and USIA and UNESCO exhibitions, as well as the Art in US Embassies Abroad program—US Department of State.
Architects, Walter Gropius, H. Morse Payne, Norman Fletcher, Hugh Stubbins, Percival Goodman and others, including The Columbus Indiana School Foundation, have collected and commissioned many large-scale sculptures for major public buildings at sites including San Francisco; Columbus, Ohio; Wilmington Community Center, Delaware; Choate School, Wallingford, & West Hartford Community Center, Connecticut; Manchester, New Hampshire; Parkside School, Columbus, Indiana; Pittsfield and Fitchburg savings Banks; YMCA Roxbury, Boston, and Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts; and Paris, with national awards from the US Office of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]; American Institute of Architects [AIA]; and others.
Harris Barron‘s work has been included in Modern American Sculpture, by Dore Ashton, H. Abrams, NY, pub.; Le Béton dans L‘art Contemporain, Editions du Griffon-Neuchâtel, Suisse, pub.; and periodicals [NY Times; Boston Globe; Art News; Architectural Record; National Geographic] for some. [see, Wikipedia biography: Harris Barron]
His work has been supported by The Rockefeller Foundation; The Goethe Institute; The Guggenheim Foundation; The New York State Council for the Arts; The American Federation of Information Processing Societies; Irwin Miller-Cummins Engine Foundation; WGBH-Ch. 2, Boston; Blanche Coleman Foundation; Aileen Vanderbilt Webb and other private grantors.
In 1970, at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, Harris Barron founded and directed The Studio for Interrelated Media [SIM]—a celebrated, pioneering department employing late 20th century technology [ sound, light, image, motion ] stressing space-time arts of ideas.
He was appointed initial chairman of the new Department of Media and Performance Art, which evolved from the SIM development.
Since 1988, under the pen name, Eagle Air, he has written Spaces in the Air*; short stories and poems, as well as a memoir in process, The Birth of Eagle Air.
A Navy flier based in Pearl Harbor during World War II, he has flown sailplanes and instructed with the MIT Soaring group for many years, and spent a week flying—Massachusetts to California [with pilot Frank Scarabino]—in a 1936, open-cockpit Stearman biplane.*
In a spare time pursuit of exactness, with ‘air in his veins‘ Harris has designed, built and flown complex ‘miniature‘ aircraft since 1935. He is married to the painter and “pioneer video artist” Ros Barron. They have two children, two grandchildren—and live and work in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Harris and Ros Barron, October 2011
“Art is the accomplice of love.” – Remy de Gourmont