Visual artist, poet, and art historian

A graduate of Ontario College of Art and University of Toronto (MA, History of Art), 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 multiples.

Poems, fiction, and essays are published by the Poetry Super Highway, Nine Muses Poetry, Fiddlehead, Canthius, Sein und Werden, The Toronto Quarterly, Ekphrastic Review, Transverse, Resources for Feminist Research, Impulse, Matriart, among others. 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.

Recent Exhibitions

Do I Know You? Alter Pieces, Paintings, and Heads at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 2018.

Yumart Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W. Toronto.

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New book of poetry launched Sept. 2018.

“Infrangible” is available for purchase at Guernica Editions


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. 1500-1700.  She has delivered conference papers at the Renaissance Society of America (Chicago), Biblyon (Lyons, France), the Society of Emblem Studies (Nancy, France), International Medieval Congress (Kalamazoo, MI), and the Sixteenth Century Society (Albuquerque, NM).

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Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York City

Reading at Supermarket, Toronto

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