Barbara Segal is a sculptor
and stone carver
based in Yonkers
, New York
Early life and education
Segal studied at Pratt Institute
in New York City in the early 1970s and spent two years at the L'Ècole des Beaux-Arts
She worked in fine marble studios in Italy
such as Tommasi Fonderia and SGF Studio Scultura, and with Jacques Lipshitz
, Augustin Cárdenas
, and Max Bill
She returned to New York in the late 70's and made product models for Avon Cosmetics
in the 1980s.
Work and career
Barbara Segal creates sculptures carved from stone such as marble
, and calcite
She uses traditional carving tools such as chisel
s and stone cutters
and acquires material from stone quarries
all over the globe.
Her work was inspired by the textures and patterns of the Renaissance and Baroque sculptures she saw while studying in France and Italy. In her TedX talk, she speaks on being inspired by cathedrals and the fact that she could see the hand of the artist in these architecture works. She re-recreates pop and fashion icons such as a Louis Vuitton handbag
and a Chanel
gift bag in stone. Her work explores society's fascination with status symbol
s and the impact they have on culture
By turning these cultural objects into 100-pound sculptures made from stone, Segal transforms them into the semblance of a historic relic.
One of her larger pieces is a 3 foot tall Chanel
bag that weighs 2,000 pounds.
She has held solo exhibition
s at The Neuberger Museum of Art
, the Hudson River Museum
, and Vassar College
Segal teaches Sculpture at New York Academy of Art
and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
She also teaches workshops at her art studio
in New York.
Segal worked alongside a group of artists to create the Yonkers Sculpture Meadow in 2003.
Heading the project, her works for the Sculpture Meadow include functional furniture carved from stone titled ''Cloud Couch'' and ''Cloud Loveseat.''
Other artworks in the Sculpture Meadow include Susan Abraham's ''
'River Bedroom,'' Lou Lalli's ''Fish Loveseat,'' and Paul Greco's ''Meditation Circle.'' On organizing this project, Segal states "If you're going to make art in public places, it's not a bad idea to make it functional. This way we're giving the community something it needs anyway.''
In 2005, she created a sculpture 72 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide made of two cast aluminum relief
s called ''Muhheakantuck (The River that Flows Two Ways)'' that were installed on the bridge at Yonkers Station
The title, ''Muhheakantuck
,'' is the name for the Hudson River
used by the indigenous peoples
that lived in this region before European settlement
. The sculptures are abstract representations
of the Hudson River
. Segal has spoken on her interests in "unearthing that history and telling us its story through sculpture".
Segal founded a Yonkers-based non-profit arts organization called Art on Main Street and was the executive director. This organization brought art to downtown Yonkers and was involved in the revitalization of the waterfront in the city.
Segal founded Yonkers Arts in 2007 with a mission of community development and promoting the arts in Yonkers.
She was awarded a Housing and Urban Development grant in 1995, a Mayoral Citation in 2007, an America for the Arts Award in 2008, a Yonkers Visionary Award in 2015, a New York State Assembly and Senate citations in 2015.
Segal's work is in the collection at the MTA Arts for Transit
, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
, the White House
, the Neuberger Museum of Art
and the private collection
s of Leslie Wexler
and Malcom Forbes
*Barbara Segal Ted XInterview with the Curator's SalonCreation of Yonkers Sculpture Meadow and Muhheakantuck
Category:American women sculptors
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Category:American women educators
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Category:American women artists
Category:Women stone carvers