Brooke Barrie

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1956 - 2015
Brooke Barrie, former museum director and curator of Grounds for Sculpture, passed away on December 30, in Tucson. She was born in 1956, in Schenectady, NY. Brooke graduated from high school at 16 and from the time she left home that fall for SUNY Potsdam, she supported herself, working to earn her BFA and then an MFA in Sculpture from Tulane University. Not one to idle, Brooke soon took a position at the Johnson Atelier, in Hamilton, NJ, as Academic Director. At the Atelier she would forge life-long friendships with a host of artists who benefitted from the Atelier's unique position in the sculpture world. In 1992, she joined the creative team that founded Grounds for Sculpture. At GFS, from 1992-2007, Brooke accomplished her life's work. She developed park procedures and programming, supervised a growing staff, provided input for acquisitions, and helped develop a governing board. Her passion, however, was exhibitions. She curated major sculpture shows for Beverly Pepper, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Red Grooms, Marisol, William King, Dale Chihuly, Albert Paley, and too many others to mention. She also traveled extensively to lecture and consult on sculpture issues, visiting museums and parks in the U.S., London, Turin, Berlin, and Changchun, China. She is the author of Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture and co-author of Grounds for Sculpture: A Living Legacy, as well as numerous journal articles and exhibition catalogs. On retirement, Brooke split time between Tucson and a cabin in the Adirondacks. She is survived by her long-time partner, Bruce Petronio; a brother, Hugh Barrie; sisters Jill Barrie and Beth Barrie; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Before her death, Brooke was honored to learn that Grounds for Sculpture had created the Brooke Barrie Art Fund. She asked that those who wished to make a donation, do so to the fund, Contributions will establish an endowment that will support acquisitions, conservation care, and exhibition development. The fund will enable GFS to grow its current collection of fine art, and help to broaden and enrich the public experience of art, now and in the future.
Published on from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2016
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