Barb Rydz Ross: An Abstract Painter in Barrington, IL

Barb Rydz Ross was born in Belgium to Polish immigrants, concentration camp survivors. Barb Rydz Ross has lived in New York, London, Hong Kong and Germany. Ross earned a B.A. degree in Studio art from The City College of New York (CCNY).

After working in Human Resources for 23 years, raising three children alone, she returned to painting and studying art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she received a Certificate in Drawing and a Certificate in Painting.

Ross has exhibited in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart and in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center and her work can be viewed on the website of Xanadu Gallery. Three of her larger acrylic paintings are permanently hung in the lobby of One Arlington Plaza, Arlington Heights, IL and other works are hung throughout the building. North Light Books has published one of her collage paintings in the 2014 publication of Incite 2 Color Passions the Best of Mixed Media.

Ross is a full-time studio artist and Vice President of the Barrington Cultural Arts Center (BCAC), a local organization of artists.

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POP-UP ART WALK, Barrington , IL 2019

AMDUR ART FAIR, Barrington, IL May, 2017, 2018, 2019

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE, MacLean Center, Chicago, IL, “Finding Ourselves Together” 2018

ICE HOUSE MALL GALLERY, Barrington IL 2016, 2017, 2018

THE ARTHOUSE, Chicago, IL “Art by America: A National Review of 2-Dimensional Contemporary Art” 2015

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Sullivan Center, Chicago, IL “Inner Section/Inner Change” Sept. 2014

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, Jacob Javits Center, NYC, Acrylics, 2013

ARTumn HARVEST ART SHOW, Deer Park, Il, Mixed Media, 2013

ONE OF A KIND SHOW, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, Acrylics, 2012

ONE OF A KIND SHOW, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, Watercolors, 2009


Chicagoist, 2014, School of the Art Institute, featured painting “Green Forest”

Press release, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “Inner Section/Inner Change” Nov. 2014

Country Magazine, (JWC Media) “Kaleidoscope Life”, Art and Artist, August 2018

Xanadu Art Catalogue, Scottsdale, AZ, 2014 through 2018