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, Franklin Furnace artist books, Artexte, the Woman’s Art Library, Goldsmiths at University of London, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

She is currently working on a series of “alter pieces”, writing, and researching the art of early modern emblem books. Ongoing research involves the intersection of words and images in books and art with a particular focus on the iconography of the Tabula Cebetis 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.

A new book of poetry titled, “Infrangible” is forthcoming from Guernica Editions.

Recent poems published online:

“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

“Finding without looking,” poem in Canthius, ed. Clare Farley and Cira Nickel, 2016. Read



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