Barbara Manger's primary focus is on the forces and phenomena of nature—flowing, winding rivers, drifting and decaying leaves, and other phenomena both grand and tiny. I attempt to capture these things through the glowing beauty of layered oil inks in monotypes.
Manger has been included in individual and group exhibitions throughout Wisconsin and the U.S., as well as Lausanne, Switzerland, Haiti, Dominican Republic. Her work is included in private and public collections in Wisconsin and the mid-west.
Her publications include Mary Nohl: Inside & Outside, Mary Nohl: A Lifetime in Art and Riding Through Grief. Distinctions: 2001 Milwaukee Area Nonprofit Excellence Award for Young Organization for AWE, Inc.; 2002 Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts for founding Artists Working in Education, Inc.; 2019 Friend of Art Award, City of Milwaukee.
Barbara Manger has taught drawing and printmaking at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC; Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University; Carroll College and for 26 seasons at The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI.
A Note from Barbara:
I am intrigued by the rhythms of endless growth, bloom, death, and renewal I observed at Donges Bay Gorge.
Besides the transformation caused by changing seasons, the ongoing return of this land to its natural state is occurring.
There is an overwhelming sense of what was once here and is now gone. The fairy-tale pool houses remain, symbolic of man’s need to claim and own.
The other traces of man’s ownership fade, circling the land back to what once was. It was owned for a time.
Now it belongs to all of us. I am reminded that among Native peoples, the notion of ownership was an alien concept.
They lived on the land, they cared for it and honored it, but it was not theirs.