Cal Poly Pomona


Barbara Thomason, Lecturer
M.A. Printmaking (FA / GD)

Barbara was born in San Diego and grew up in Southern California. She received a Master’s degree in printmaking at California State University, Long Beach and after graduation worked as a master printer in Lithography at Gemini G.E.L. for artists Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Claus Oldenberg, Elsworth Kelly, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Joe Goode and Robert Rauschenberg

She has had numerous exhibitions in California. Selected galleries, museums and university facilities include Space Gallery, representing Thomason (70’s-80’s); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, University of Redlands Peppers Galley, Laguna Art Museum, Transamerica Building, Ellie Blankfort Gallery, Oceanside Museum of Art; Armory Center for the Arts.

She has also completed several site-specific public art pieces such as the “Gates of Los Angeles,” four etched stainless steel elevator doors”, the “Noho Mask Mural “ in North Hollywood and an interior mural for the Los Angles Children’s Museum.

Her artwork is found in national and international art collections. Barbara has taught Painting, Drawing and Printmaking extensively and participated in several academic projects. She has taught at Otis College of Art and Design, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Redlands, Ryman Arts at USC, University of Alaska, and am currently teaching printmaking at Cal Poly Pomona.  This includes Introduction to Printmaking, Relief, Digital, Intaglio, and Monotype printmaking. 

She coordinated two courses for the CSU Summer Arts; Printmaking as Public Art in 2004 and “Natureworks” Sculpting with Natural Materials in 2006, and was a reader for the Advanced Placement Program for the College Board for seven years and Gallery Director at the University of Redlands Peppers Art Gallery for five years. She is currently an examiner for the International Baccalaureate in Fine Arts.

Barbara says she is primarily a painter but also make prints and sculpture. “My artwork is not easy to pigeonhole…it has evolved in a large spiral.  I began as a realist, creating small watercolors, moved through abstraction and have once again returned to image-based art.  I work in watercolor , oil and cel vinyl..  My subject matter …comes out of what I’m interested in at the time.  When my [entire body of] work is looked at as a whole it is very connected, but covering a wide spectrum of realistic images and abstractions.”  I am currently working on a series that I plan to turn into a book.  It is called “One Hundred Not So Famous Views of LA”.