Barnaby Fitzgerald


Professor of Art
Painting and Drawing


Barnaby Fitzgerald divides his time between teaching and painting in the United States, and painting and video work in Togo, West Africa, and Umbria in central Italy. He has shown in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and New York City. Currently he is represented by Valley House Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

In 1979 Fitzgerald was a fellow of the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, where he painted and drew Provençal landscapes for a year. In 1985 he won an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, New York City.

To enter Barnaby Fitzgerald’s Dallas studio is to enter a world of astonishing beauty, …” writes Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. “In Barnaby Fitzgerald, the Texas sensibility is wonderfully married to the classical European tradition back through the Renaissance to classical Rome and Greece.”

Fitzgerald’s work is in several private collections and in the Yale Art Gallery print collection, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and other museums.


M.F.A. in Painting-Printmaking; Yale University School of Art, 1983

B.F.A. in Painting; Boston University School for the Arts, 1977

Magistero, Printmaking; Istituto d’Arte Statale, Urbino, Italy, 1973

Additional studies

Boston Museum School, Boston, Massachusetts; Painting and Drawing, 1974

Accademia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy; Drawing, 1973

Conservatorio Gioacchino Rossini, Pesaro, Italy; Musical Composition, Maestro Mario Bertoncini, 1972

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 “Concordances” paintings, drawings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2015 “The root in the Snow” paintings, Cennina, Arezzo, Italy (June 4-24)

2014 Museum of the Southwest, “Moments, Still Lives and Figures,” Texas NEWS (North) exhibit

2013 “Barnabaccio (1953-1980): things outside art,” Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas

2012 “Interdictions and Extuitions,” paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2007 “complexions of the avatars,” tempera and oil paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2006 “Trimalchio’s Kitchen,” paintings, Meredith Long & Co., Houston, Texas

2004 “Barnaby Fitzgerald, Paintings,” Anne Dean Turk Art Center, Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas

See more exhibitions, 1978-2003

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Amarillo Museum of Modern Art, “Go Figure: 6 Contemporary Painters and the Human Form” Jan 22- March 28

2019 Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, “Conversations” with Mary Vernon and Lin Medlin, Paintings

2017 “A society grows great when old men plant trees,” Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2010 “An Exuberant Life: Flo McGarrell,” AVA Gallery, Lebanon, N.H.

2010 “La Sirena” tempera, in “Á Travers les Couleurs,” Fosaj Art Center, Jacmel, Haiti; curated by Flo McGarrell

2009 “The Plan is the Body,” Big Chimney Art Space, Chicopee, Mass.

2009 “Natural Colors,” Greenfield, Lomé, Togo

2008 “Meadows Art Now,” McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), Dallas, Texas

2007 “Printastic Printangular,” Invitational Print Exhibition, Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas

2004 “The Art Show,” Seventh Regiment Armory, New York City, N.Y. (Valley House Gallery)

2004 Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill. (Valley House Gallery)

2004 McNay Art Fair, San Antonio, Texas (Valley House Gallery)

2004 “Modalities of the visible,” inaugural exhibition at Brookhaven College's new Art Gallery, Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas

See more group exhibitions, 1977-2002

Visiting Lectures and Critiques

2019 Keynote Speaker: “American Painters in Umbria” Associazione Bonazzi, Università per Stranieri,Perugia, Italy

2017 May 18 -Arte Cultura: Perugia Sala dei Notai, Palazzo dei Priori: ‘Colori della Presenza Umana’

2014 Museum of the Southwest, lecture and podcast on Surrealism, metaphor and the challenges of making art:

2014 Museum of the Southwest, lecture and podcast on Surrealism, metaphor and the challenges of making art

2013 Visiting printmaking critic, Tarrant County College, Art Department, Fort Worth, Texas

2012 Juror, TVAA Painting competition, Dallas, Texas

2012 Visiting critic, New York Academy, Manhattan, N.Y.

2011 Presentation, “Algorithms of Distance, Metaphors in Pictorial Language,” 6th International Conference of the Arts in Society, Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany

2010 Presentation, “Painting in West Africa Today,” Claiming Creativity Symposium, Columbia College Chicago

2010 Workshop performance, Fosaj Art Center, Jacmel, Haiti

2007 Artist talk, “Iris donation from A.G Hill to the Meadows Museum of Art,” Meadows Museum, SMU Student Forum

2005 Presentation, “The Contour Phenomenon,” Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas

See more examples of visiting lectures and critiques, 1979-2001

Grants and Residencies

2019 SMU Travel Grant, Symposium “American Painters in Umbria” Perugia, Italy (March 15-18)

2014 “Big ASS event” Science and Art, Tracy Hicks Conference, High Cove, North Carolina (Smithsonian)

2013 SMU faculty development grant, Museum of the Southwest exhibition support

2011 SMU faculty travel grant, Berlin, to attend 6th International Conference of the Arts in Society

2010 Artist-in-Residence, “Á Travers les Couleurs,” Fosaj Art Center, Jacmel, Haiti

2009 Travel/development grant, Fosaj Art Center, Jacmel, Haiti

2008 Sabbatical leave, Togo and Burkina Faso, Africa

See more examples of grants and residencies, 1979-2003

Public Collections

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (Canticle)

Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas (Iris)

Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas (Dryad; Sunflower Fields)

Barrett Collection, Dallas, Texas

Boston University, Brookline, Mass.

Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Conn.

Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas

Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, Mass.

Yale Print Collection, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. (Parable)

Charles B. Goddard Center, Ardmore, Okla. (Poppies)

Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas (Romance of the Prodigal Son)

Amarillo Art Museum, Amarillo, Texas (Waiting for Sarah)

Private Collections

Estate, William Maxwell, New York, NY; Georgia Shreve Greenberg, New York, NY; Kevin and Cheryl Vogel, Dallas, TX; Dr. Frederick Turner, Dallas, TX; Societe` Arabella, Paris 4me, France; Bonnie Wheeler, Dallas, TX; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Greenberg, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Philip Wasterval, Boulder, CO: Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Long, Houston, TX; Mr. William Hill, Houston, TX; Mrs. Anne Guardabassi, London, England; James Laughlin, New Direction, New York, NY; Mrs. L. Syms, New York, NY.; Dr. and Mrs. John O’Sullivan, Dunleavy, Ireland; Mr. and Mrs. Paolo Lungarotti, Perugia, Italy; Dr. and Mrs. Michele Lato, Perugia, Italy; Mag. Giuseppe Severini, Consiglio di Stato, Palazzo Spada, Rome, Italy; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Boeckman, Dallas, TX; Nancy O’Boyle, Dallas, TX; Jerry and Diane Jackson, Dallas, TX; Mr. John Stone, Dallas, TX; Dr. Susan Barnes, Austin, TX; Mr. David Gibson, Dallas, TX; Estate of Professor Wilbur Frohock, Cambridge, MA; Arch. Leonardo Donati, Rome, Italy; Arch. Giovanna Chiuini, Perugia, Italy; Edith Baker, Dallas, TX; Ms. Joan Davidow, Dallas, TX; Arch. Fabrizia Scassellati, Florence, Italy; Professor Andrew McLaughlan, Cambridge, England; Mr. & Mrs. Lubin, Lexington, MA; Nancy Nagle, Houston, TX; Mr.Russell Hawkins, Houston, TX; Ms. Mary Ralph Lowe, Houston, TX; Mr. Kenneth Bentson, Houston, TX; Ms. Nina Zilkha, Houston, TX; Dr. Eric Scheffey, Houston, TX; Mr. Kenneth Bentson, Houston ,TX; Elisabeth Swift, Houston, TX

Bibliography Selections

Frederic Turner, “An Impossible Union: Observations on the Art of Barnaby Fitzgerald” Exhibition Catalogue “Concordances” 2017

Barnaby Fitzgerald, “I Colori Della Presenza Umana” L’Arte Cultura dei Popoli Conference, Sala dei Notari, Perugia, Italy, 2017

Heather Horton, “Past Reveals Present in Exhibit: Sculptural Graffiti,” The Collegian, Fort Worth, Texas, December 4, 2013

Frederick Turner, “The Music of Tempera: an Appreciation of the Art of Barnaby Fitzgerald,” Valley House Gallery, August 2012

Michael Huey, “Comfort in Constraint,” World of Interiors Magazine, July 2012

Barnaby Fitzgerald, “The Algorithms of Distance,” International Journal of the Arts in Society, December 2011

Frederick Turner, “The Eyes of Texas,” American Arts Quarterly, Summer 2010

Judith Segura, “Barnaby Fitzgerald, A Life in Art,” Langdon Review, Fall 2007

Writers Garrett, journal cover, “TEX!,” Spring 2006

Elaine Rogers, “Perfect Pitch,” Dallas/Fort Worth House & Home, February 2005

Rainer Schulte, editor, Translation Review, The University of Texas at Dallas, selection of drawings, 2005

Michael Ennis, “The Barrett Collection,” Meadows Museum exhibition catalogue, November 2004

Steve Carter, “Enigmatically Yours: Explore the Pre-Postmodern Beauty of...” Dallas Home Design, February 2004

Susan White, “Portrait of an artist,” SMU Research magazine, Vol. 2, July 2004

Valley House Gallery 50th Anniversary catalogue, February 2004

See numerous additional articles, 1973-2003

Commissions and Interdisciplinary Activities; Selected Nominations

2014 MacMillan Audiobooks, cover of “Homeric Poems,” trans. R. Fitzgerald.

2011 Nominated: Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

2010 Presentation, “The Stance of Independence,” and video documentary on West African contemporary painting, at Claiming Creativity Conference, Columbia College, Chicago, Ill.

2009 Written, directed, filmed 50-minute documentary video Les Couleurs de la Forêt, on Prosper Nyanú, Kouma Konda, Togo; video nominated for Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award

2008 Written, directed, filmed video A Retable on Panel: 52minutes, Professor Bonnie Wheeler, English Department, Cultural Formation Class Spring 2008, former Meadows Museum, SMU

2005 Societé Arabella, Paris, France. Painting, “Terpsichore”

2004 Farrar Straus and Giroux, book cover for new edition of Homer, The Odyssey and Homer, The Iliad.

See additional commissions, activities and nominations, 1974-97

Course list

SMU Meadows
1999-Present, Professor of Art
1990-99, Associate Professor of Art
1984-89, Assistant Professor of Art
Teaching, Other
1989-Present, Adjunct Graduate Faculty, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Biomedical Communications
1989, Visiting Professor of Painting and Drawing, The University of Georgia at Athens, Cortona, Italy
1982-84, Art Instructor; Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Conn.
1983-84, Assistant Lecturer in Art Appreciation; Quinnipiac College, New Haven, Conn.
1982-83, Teaching Assistant to Bernard Chaet, drawing courses for Yale studio art majors, Yale University, School for the Arts
1977, Instructor of Drawing, AIFS Program; Università per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy
Barnaby Fitzgerald