Philadelphia-born, internationally acclaimed artist, poet, and novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. Chase-Riboud creates abstract art with a deep and nuanced understanding of history, identity, and a sense of place. She works in textiles and cast bronze in studios in Rome and Paris.
A resident of Paris since the early 1960s, Chase-Riboud was knighted by the French government and received the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1996. She is a dual citizen of the United States and France.
Chase-Riboud has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Temple University; doctorate of letters from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; James Van Der Zee Award (now known as the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award) from Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Philadelphia; doctorate of letters from the University of Connecticut, Mansfield; and the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association in 2007.
Chase-Riboud’s work is in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, among other institutions.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records