Libby Barbee — Professional Development in the Arts

Libby Barbee is program manager at the Colorado Creative Industries a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and a practicing artist

Barbee grew up on the southeastern plains of Colorado and currently lives in Denver where she straddles multiple roles as an artist, curator, and arts administrator. As an artist, Libby creates work focused on the relationship between culture and nature, specifically examining American frontier myth and the mediating role it plays in the construction of both American identity and the American landscape. Libby believes that art has the power to illuminate ideas, to move people to action, and to unite communities. As an arts administrator, her work has focused primarily on supporting cross-sector work through the arts and socially engaged artists. As a Program Manager with Colorado Creative Industries, she works to support artists and communities across the state in their efforts to create thriving and resilient economies, relationships, and systems of support. 


The Art & Art History department has invited arts leaders from around the region and CU Boulder alumni to share their knowledge and provide a direct link for students to learn about and discuss career-relevant topics. We invite all students to participate and pave a new pathway for a thriving career in the arts.

This program is designed as a series of professional development conversations that encourages skills development through peer-to-peer exchange. Topics will include: arts funding, museum standards and best practices, creative business plans, exhibition development, and many others. These discussions can help students examine the successes and challenges of working in the arts, build a community of future collaborators and engage in critical thinking about the role of the arts within our society.

  • Free to participate
  • No advanced registration is required
  • Students working in all disciplines are welcome to join the discussion
  • Sponsored by the Student Advisory Board of the Department of Art & Art History

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(Meeting ID: 940 0782 1191)

Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

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