department of art & art history

FIne Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.5821

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Barbara Pagh

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  • Professor, Printmaking and Two-Dimensional Studio
  • Department of Art and Art History
  • Phone: 401.874.2731
  • Fax: 401.874.2729
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  • Mailing Address: Fine Arts Center, Rm F202
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Barbara Pagh has been teaching courses in printmaking and two-dimensional studio at the University of Rhode Island since 1983. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Pagh lived in Manhattan before making Rhode Island her home.

As an artist, Pagh has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the country. In 1997, she had the honor of having a one-person show at the Adams Gallery in Taegu, South Korea. Pagh’s installation Passages was on view in the Main Gallery at URI in 2009. In 2011 she was invited to participate in a national portfolio exchange, East/West, with two artists from each state. The portfolios were exhibited in several locations around the country including University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.; University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, La.; University of Wyoming, Visual Arts Gallery, Laramie, Wyo.; and UMass Dartmouth, New Bedford, Mass.  

Pagh has been a member of Hera Gallery in Wakefield, R.I. since 1985. As a member of the gallery’s board of directors, she currently serves as vice president. Pagh is a founding member of the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England, and in 1985, Pagh and her husband Jeff Bertwell founded their own printshop, Queen’s River Press.


An on-going research interest involves examining the transformation of landscape by ancient cultures resulting in gallery installations. Stone Paper Circle was based on the stone circles found in the highlands of Scotland and Passages was based on passage tombs in Ireland. Landscape is a recurring theme in my work. There is no attempt to create a realistic representation of place, but a subjective impression based on structure and color, and resulting in a layering of texture and form. Printmaking allows me to experiment with the multiple in different ways by printing different colors and varying the combinations of images.


  • M.A., New York University, 1975
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1968

Solo Exhibitions

“Coast To Coast”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Proof Positive”, Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT

Hera Gallery 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Hoxie Gallery, Westerly, RI

“19 @ 25”, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

“Collage & Assemblage”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

Printmakers Network Exhibition, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

“East/West: A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking”, University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA

“Score 2012”, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

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