Visual artist, poet, and art historian

A graduate of Ontario College of Art and University of Toronto, Carol Barbour has exhibited at galleries, books fairs, and libraries in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has produced artist books, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and more recently a multiple titled, “Birth of the Child.”

Poems, fiction, and essays are published by the Fiddlehead, Canthius, Sein und Werden, The Toronto Quarterly, Ekphrastic Review, Transverse, Resources for Feminist Research, Impulse, and Matriart. Books are collected by the National Gallery of Canada (Art Metropole), the British Library, Museum of Modern Art (Franklin Furnace Archive-Dadabase), Artexte, the Woman’s Art Library, Goldsmiths at University of London, Virginia Commonwealth University and others.

She is currently preparing an upcoming exhibition titled “Do I know you? Alter pieces, paintings and heads” at the Peter Mackendrick Gallery, located at the Wychwood Barns on Dec. 1 and 2, 2018. Ongoing research involves the intersection of words and images in books and art with a particular focus on the iconography of emblem books in early modern Europe, ca. 1500-1800.  She has delivered conference papers at the Renaissance Society of America (Chicago), Bibylon (Lyon, France), the Society of Emblem Studies (Nancy, France), International Medieval Congress (Kalamazoo, MI), and will present a paper at the Sixteenth Century conference in November, 2018 (Albuquerque, NM) on the topic of Jesuit emblems.

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New book of poetry

“Infrangible” available for purchase at Guernica Editions

Live Reading


Recent poems published online:

“Manitoulin Sediment” at Poetry Super Highway, ed Rick Lupert, online, 2018. Read

“Matera, Basilicata; Neurology; Spoke” poems at Nine Muses Poetry, ed. Annest Gwilym, online, 2018. Read

“Spider Wars” poem for National Poetry Month, ed. Amanda Earl, online April 29, 2018. Read

“Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo’s Self Portrait,” poem in Ekphrastic Review, ed. Lorette C. Luzajic, Toronto, online journal, 2016. Read


Framed by Feminists

Come and visit me at Framed by Feminists: affordable market of feminist art at Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, October 28, 10 am. -4 pm. 

I will be showing “Birth of a Child” alter piece, “Emblema Femina”, limited edition multiples and copies of my new book “Infrangible.”

A market of affordable feminist art with socially-minded programming that will run as an alternative art experience to the weekend of Art Toronto. Framed by Feminists provides an egalitarian and inclusive space for artists and art lovers to engage without the high cost of participation.

20 visual artists will offer their works for sale including paintings, drawings, sculptures, collage, and more! Following the art market will be a panel discussion at 7pm, Feminist Art: A Hard Sell? The participatory conversation will run for ninety minutes among panellists and audience members. 

Participating Artists

Carol Barbour
Yaara Eshet
Yara El Safi
Joanna Strong
Alisha Davidson
Anne Borshell
Charlie Star
Rotem Anna Diamant
Sarah Zanchetta
Angela Marsh
Stefania Bussey
Las Lobas Collective
Ilene Sova
Amy Duval
Grace Brooks
Jane Tarini
Jibola Fagbamiye
Kristy Blackwell


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