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artist , educator

Barbara Waterman Peters, American artist, educator. Recipient Outstanding Achievement award, American Institute Banking, Topeka, 1977, assistantship in lithography, Kansas Arts Commission, 1981, Woman of Distinction in the Arts award, Kaw Valley Girl Scouts, Topeka, 1996, Artist's Residency award, The Raymer Society, 2001-2004, Certified of Recognition Outstanding Contributions, State Kansas, 2003.


Peters, Barbara Waterman was born on November 3, 1944 in Topeka. Daughter of L.E. Clifton Bailey and Gertrude Minnie McFarland.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Washburn University, 1973. Master of Fine Arts, Kansas State University, 1998.


Adjunct instructor Washburn University, Topeka, 1985—1988, adjunct assistant professor, 1989—1996, 1999—2001. Graduate teaching assistant Kansas State University, Manhattan, 1997—1998, temporary assistant professor, since 2004, assistant professor painting, 2004—2005. Museum specialist educational services Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, 1987.

Faculty advisor Washburn Art Students Association, Topeka, 1994-1996. Guest curator Water Marks exhibition Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, 1995-1996. Exhibition juror in field.

Speaker, reviewer in field.


  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include Bedyk Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 1983, 88, Collective Art Gallery, Topeka, 1988-1990, 96-97, 1999-2000, 2002-2004, 2006, 07, Yost Gallery-Highland (Kansas) Community College, 1989, 95, Art Craft Gallery, Denver, 1994-1995, 97, Fourth St. Gallery, Kansas City, 1997, Michael Cross Gallery, Kansas City, 1999-2000, Wichita Center Arts, 2001, Kanas Artist Gallery, Mulvane Art Museum, 2002-2007, The Cross Gallery, Kansas City, 2007. Group shows include Holman Art Gallery-Trenton State College, 1979, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, 1980, National Society Painters, New York, 1980 (Michael Engle Memorial award), Ball State University Art Gallery, Muncie, Indiana, 1981, Portsmouth (Virginia) Community Center, 1982, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, 1982, Owensboro (Kentucky) Museum Fine Art, 1982 (award), Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, 1988, others, Women's Conference, Beijing, 1995, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, 1995, The Columbian Art Gallery, Wamego, Kansas, 1997, 2002, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library., 1997, 2002, 05, 08, Strecker Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas, 1999-2000, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Museum Art, 1997, Wichita Center for the Arts, 2000, 02, Birger Sandzen Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas, 2001, 2006, 2007, University Kansas Art and Design Gallery, 2002, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas, 2002, 05, 06, 07, 08, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, 2003, 07, Emporia Art Center, Kansas, 2003, Gallery of Framewoods, Topeka, 2004, 05, 07, 08, Beauchamp Gallery, 2003-2007, Bergen Gallery, Salina, Kansas, 2007, Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, Kansas, 2007, Kemper Gallery, Kansas State University, 2005, Central Missouri State University, 2006, National League American Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association Women, 2006, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri, 2006 (award 2008), Kansas/Missouri Artists, Carter Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 2006, International Miniature Print Exhibition, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2007, Kansas Masters Invitational Exhibition, Manhattan, 2007,Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, Hays, Kansas award,2006, 2008, Warehouse 414, Topeka, 2007-2008.

      Visual artist Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre, Washburn University, since 1999. Visual artist Sunflower Music Festival, Topeka, Kansas, 2008, writer Topeka Magazine, since 2008. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Volunteer art gallery Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library., since 1986. Panelist Kansas Arts Commission, Kansas Presswomen, since 1990, Northeast Kansas Music Teachers Association/Topeka Music Teachers Association, 2004. Member ad hoc committee Kansas Arts Commission, 2002—2004, member fellowship selection panel, 2004, member arts in education grants selection panel, 2006.

Member ad hoc committee Topeka Community Foundation, 2002—2003. Board directors Arts Council Topeka, 2002—2006. Member of Kemper Museum Contemporary Art, American Arts Action Fund, National League American Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association Women (vice president 2007-2008), Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, American Craft Council, Manhattan Arts Center, Association Community Arts Agencies of Kansas (board director 2004-2006, secretary-treasurer 2006-2007), Lawrence Art Center, The Collective (charter, treasurer 1987-1989, vice president 1990-1994, 1999—2000, newsletter editor since 2000, president 2001-2006, vice president 2007-2008), Mulvane Art Museum, St. Louis Artists Guild, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Chicago Artists' Coalition, National Museum Women in the Arts, Raymer Society (board director), Kansas Authors' Club (convention workshop presenter 2004, selection committee J. Donald Coffin award 2004-2005, vice president district 1 since 2005, president district 1 2006), Kansas Citizens for Arts, Library.

Friends of Art Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library., Friends of Art Board Beach Museum Art (collections committee since 1997), Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (associate).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, writing, travel.


Married John Herman Waterman, December 21, 1965 (divorced December 1985). Married Larry Dean Peters, May 30, 1986.

L.E. Clifton Bailey

Gertrude Minnie McFarland

John Herman Waterman

Larry Dean Peters