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Barry Fitzgerald | Artist's Statement 


My work is driven by the need to discover. It often begins in my sketchbooks, where conscious and subconscious ideas begin to take form. Select compositions and concepts are developed while exploring the application of design fundamentals. Texture/pattern and line/shape relationships, as well as media application methods have been my current pursuits.


At times, the image requires a specific message and the pursuit is in resolving different way to express it. Other times, the image directs the conversation, and discovery of the meaning follows. 


My investigation of a personal visual vocabulary has led me to address paintings as objects. Not limiting them to being just an image opens up possibilities. Ultimately, the opportunities within the combinations of visual language and image-making methodologies compose a fertile playground to explore. 


Barry Fitzgerald | CV | Updated July 2019

Born, 1962, Omaha, NE

Resides in Lawrence, KS 



State University of New York at Buffalo, MFA Illustration, 1990

State College at Buffalo, BS Design, Magna Cum Laude, 1984

Niagara County Community College, AFA Fine Art, 1982



The University of Kansas, Professor, Illustration, 2012-present

The University of Kansas, Associate Professor, Illustration, 1999-2012

The University of Kansas, Assistant Professor, Illustration, 1993-1998



Freelance Illustrator, 1987-present

The Detroit News, Detroit, MI, Features Staff Artist, 1990-1993

Arbitron Inc., Laurel, MD, Graphic Designer, 1986-1987

Mary Byrd Productions, Washington, DC, Senior Graphic Designer, 1985-1986

Ad Resources Inc., Annapolis, MD, Graphic Designer, 1984-1985



Lürzer’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2011/12, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2018/19

3x3 International Illustration Annual, 2010, 2015, 2018

London International Creative Competition, 2013, 2015, 2018

Studio Visit, 2016, 2017, 2018

Communication Arts Magazine Illustration Annual, Shortlist, 2017, 2018, 2019

Society of Illustrators of New York, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2014, 2017 

American Illustration, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2016

Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 1997-2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015

University & College Designers Association Design Competition, 1997, 2008, 2011

Creative Quarterly, 2008, 2011

RSVP Competitions, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 

Print Regional Design Annual, 1989-1994, 2000, 2004

Applied Arts magazine, Illustration Annual (pen name as Barion Lörie), 2002

Step-By-Step magazine, Illustration Annual, 1999, 2002 

Kansas Artist’s Postcard Series, 1995, 2001

Step-By-Step magazine, Design Annual100, 2000

How magazine, International Design Annual, 2000

Art Directors Club of Houston, 1998

Society of News Design Annual, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998

Associated Press of New England, Gold Medal, 1994

Print’s Best Logo and Trademarks Vol. 2, 1990

Art Directors / Communicators of Buffalo, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Merit, 1988-1990

Art Direction Magazine’s Creativity Annual, 1987, 1988

Printing Institute of America Design Award, 1985



Mini Masterpieces, Revolution Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 2019

Child’s Play, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO, 2019

Something Wicked, Revolution Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 2018

ICON 10, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI, 2018

Joke’s On You, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO, 2017

Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2015, 2017

The Annual Coaster Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2016, 2017

Tall Tales: ICON9 Group Show, The Lion’s Nest Gallery, Austin, TX, 2016

Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, L.A., CA, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2015

Going Home, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO, 2015

Banned Books Trading Card Competition, Lawrence Arts Center, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Visions of Lawrence, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS, 2014

Rag Dolls, Robots, & Rocketships, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO, 2013

Laluzapalooza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2012

University & College Designers Association Show, Phoenix, AZ, 2011

Everything But The Kitschen Sync, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2008-2010

University & College Designers Association Show, Savannah, GA, 2008

Kansas Governor's Inaugural, Topeka, KS, 2007

Lawrence Own-Your-Own (LOYO), Lawrence, KS, 2004 - 2006

RSVP Competitions, New York, NY, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004

Hype Gallery, London, England, 2004

University & College Designers Association Show, New York, NY, 1997

SUNY Buffalo Faculty and Alumni Show, Buffalo, NY, 1996

Kansas Artist’s Postcard Series, Traveling Exhibit, 1995, 2001, 2002

Faculty and Invited Alumni Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, 1996

Imagery and Form, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS, 1994, 1995

SUNY Buffalo Alumni Show, NCCC Gallery, Sanborn, NY, 1993

Art at the Sight, Theodore Roosevelt Historical Sight, Buffalo, NY, 1990

Western New York Exhibition, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1990

Best of McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 1989

Niagara’s Best, Kenan Center, Lockport, NY, 1985



Animal Kingdom, Wonder Fair Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2019

Disegni Revisitati, Tallgrass Studios, Lawrence, KS, 2018

The New Normal, Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS, 2018

Mostly New, Wheatfields, Lawrence, KS, 2016

Dis/Re/Con.nect: New Works, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS, 2015

In Between, Wonder Fair Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2015

Connecting The Dots, The Collinson Gallery, Weston, MO, 2011

Heartland Art Series, Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City, KS, 2002



99: Locally Brewed, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2017

Art On Fire, Percolator Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2017

Kent Smith: Collaborations, Landmark Bank, Lawrence, KS, 2017

Post It Show 12, Giant Robot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

Hott Sheets, Wonder Fair Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2010, 2013, 2016

Hint Mint Art for Awareness Event and Auction, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Opening Collection, The Collinson Gallery, Weston, MO, 2010

Art On The Clock, Percolator Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2010

The 1950 Ford Show, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2007

Illustrators Who Teach, Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY, 2006

For The Arts: Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Overland Park, KS, 2005

Dialogue,Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2004

Dialogue, Abbey Church, San Diego, CA, 2004

Dialogue,Studio Fly Contemporary Art Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2004

Heaven and Hell, Abbey Church, San Diego, CA, 2003

Heaven and Hell, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA, 2003  

Ben Franklin Portrait Show, Hamilton Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 2003

The Hell Show, Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, 1997



Design Faculty Show, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1993-2019

Lawrence Art Auction, Lawrence Art Center, 1995-2010, 2013-2019

Thieves Guild Show, Phoenix Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2014 

Selected Works, Landmark National Bank, Lawrence, KS, 2012

KPR Listeners Exhibit, Lawrence, KS, 2007

M.F.A. Thesis Show, Bethune Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1990

Group Nine, Seneca Street Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1989



Communication Arts, “The Whole Picture”, July 1995


PRESS: PUBLICATIONS AND WEB:,Fruit Smiles, Cocentaina, Spain, 2017,The Sun King, Cocentaina, Spain, 2017,Spring Love/Love in the Spring, Cocentaina, Spain, 2016,A Bouquet of Flowers, Cocentaina, Spain, 2016, Afterlife, Issue 3, Barcelona, Spain, 2011

Kansas Alumni Magazine, Full Bloom, Issue 2, 2011

The Oread, Design Professor Named One of ‘Best Illustrators Worldwide’, 2011

The Oread, Prof’s Art To Be Shown In Elite Competition, Mar. 5, 2007

Step-By-Step Magazine, 2002

Lawrence Art Center Newsletter, 2001

Step-By-Step Magazine, 1999

Step-By-Step Magazine, 1998

Lawrence Journal-World, 1996

Print Magazine, 1991



Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, The 120th Annual Midwest Art Exhibition, 2018

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, 2006

Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City, KS, 2002

Art Directors Club of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, 2001

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, 2000

Society of Newspaper Design Annual International Conference, San Diego, CA, 1997

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, 1997

Society of Newspaper Design Regional Workshop, Lawrence, KS, 1995

Society of Newspaper Design Annual International Conference, Kansas City, MO, 1994

Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, 1992

Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, 1992

Fredonia State College, Fredonia, NY, 1990




American Medical Association

Business Week magazine

Boston Globe

Chicago Review Press

Children’s Television Workshop

Collective Arts Brewing Co.

General Motors

Grolier Publishing

Harvard Business Review

Houge Winery



Millennium Pharmaceuticals

New York Times 

National Public Radio

Pepperidge Farm


Playboy Jazz Festival


Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

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