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University of Iowa, attended 1942-47

B.F.A. in sculpture, 1946

M.A. in art history, 1947

Selected Grants and Awards

National Institute of Arts and Letters, Grant, 1956

Guggenheim Fellowships, 1957 & 1959

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Simpson College, 1964

Saltus Gold Medal, National Academy of Design, 1990

Gold Medal, National Sculpture Society, 1991

Venture Fund Grant, University of the Arts, 1995

Richard Florsheim Art Fund, Grant, 1998

Harry Watrous Prize, National Academy, 1999

Modern Art Foundry Award, National Sculpture Society, 2004

Dunwiddie Award National Academy, 2005

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Sculpture Center, NYC, 1959, '65, '71, '75, '77, '83

Rutgers University, 1965

Fairfield University, 1972

Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL, 1973

Museum of Fine Arts, Columbia, SC, 1973

Saint Peter's Center, NYC, 1973

Museum of Fine Arts, Colby College, 1976

Mount Holyoke College Museum of Fine Arts, 1978

Benbow Gallery, Newport, RI, 1978

The Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, 1984, '87

Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY, Courtyard Installation, 1985

Adelle M. Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1987

The Park 900 Condominium, NYC, Installation, 1989, '97

KGA & A Corporation, Americas Tower Installation, 1992

Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL, 1998

Sculptors' Showcase, Jersey City, NJ, 1997

Percival Galleries, Des Moines, IA, 1985, '87, '90, '95, 2000

Century Association, NYC - "Space, Time, Memory" 2001

Marmara Manhattan, NYC, 2004

Selected Group Exhibitions

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annuals, 1950-64

Whitney Museum of American Art, Annuals, 1952, 1956

Museum of Modern Art, NYC, "Recent Sculpture, USA," 1959

American Federation of Fine Arts, Traveling Exhibition, 1959

University of Indiana, "Contemporary Sculpture," 1961

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1960

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1967

Sculpture Center, NYC, "Critics Choice," 1972

Schenectady Museum, NY, 1977

UMASS at Amherst University Gallery, 1977

The Sculpture Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, 1982

Philadelphia College of Art, "Affect/Effect," 1983

Imprimatur Gallery, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 1985

Helsinki, Finland, "Fidem XXII," 1990

The Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, "Anniversary," 1990

Shidoni Bronze Gallery, Sante Fe, NM, "Death and Taxes," 1992

British Museum, London, England, "Fidem XXIII," 1992

Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, "Seventeen Sculptors from the University of the Arts," 1992

Kyoto, Japan, "Members of Kyoto Sculptors Association and Sculptors Guild," 1993

Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY, "Contemporary Figurative Sculpture, 1994"

Dietrich Contemporary Arts, Soho, NYC, Inaugural Exhibition, 1994

Palazzo Mediceo, Saravezza, Italy, "National Sculpture Society in Italy," 1994

NY Design Center, NYC, "Figurative Sculpture," 1995

Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, "Sculpture Exhibition," 1995

National Sculpture Society, NYC, "Eight Fellows," 1997

National Academy of Design Museum, NYC, "Stages of Creation," 1998

Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ, "Summer Exhibition," 1999

Meguro Museum, Tokyo, Japan "Shriek From an Invisible Box," 2001

James Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA, Inaugural Exhibition, Sulpture Garden, 2000

Judith Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill ME, Summer Exhibition, 2002

National Academy of Design Museum, NYC, "Challenging Tradition: Women of the Academy," 2003

Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood,” 1988, ’89, ’94, ’97, 2001, 2004

National Academy of Design Museum, NYC, “Desegno”, 2005


Socony-Mobil Building, NYC: three interior sculptures, 1956

Beldon Stratford Hotel, Chicago: three interior sculptures, 1957

Reidl and Freed Building, Clifton, NJ: ten-foot welded steel lobby relief, 1964

Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL: eight-foot welded bronze fountain group, 1968

Bayfield Clark, Bermuda: welded bronze outdoor figure, 1971

Bayfield Clark, Bermuda: bronze outdoor figure, 1974

Steuben Glass, NYC: design for crystal, 1982-83

Simpson College, IA: ten-foot bronze "Orpheus," 1983-84

Kingsmead, Trafalgar House Office Park, Northcastle, NY: life-size bronze figure, 1985-86

Brookgreen Gardens, SC, 2005

Public Collections

Des Moines Art Center, IA

Montclair Museum of Art, NJ

Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, MA

Grinnell College, IA

Knoxville Art Center, TN

Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL

Simpson College, IA

Drake University, IA

Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, IA

National Academy of Design, NYC

New School for Social Research, NYC

General Electric, Fairfield, CT

Travelers Insurance, Hartford, CT

Nils Hult Associates, Eugene, OR

535 Pacific, San Francisco, CA

Philharmonic Center For The Arts, Naples FL

Century Association, New York, NY

James Michener Museum of Art, Doylestown, PA


Stamford Museum, CT: Faculty, 1970-75

Colby College, MN: Artist-in-Residence, 1976

Westchester County Art Workshop, NY: Faculty, 1976-77

Mount Holyoke College, MA: Visiting Artist, 1977-79

College of New Rochelle, NY: Graduate Art Faculty, 1980-84

Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, FL: Workshop, 1988

Foot Hills Art Center, Golden, CO: Workshop, 1988

Glinsky Memorial Lecture, New York University, NYC: 1988

National Academy of Design, NYC: Faculty, 1990-95

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA: Visiting Critic, 1992, '96

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA: Faculty, 1981-2001

Kenan Master Sculptor (teaching), Brookgreen Gardens, NC, 2003


Visiting Lecturer:

Park College, Fairfield University, New Paltz State Teachers College, Montclair Museum, Rutgers University, etc.

Sculpture Lectures and Workshops: United Presbyterian Study Center, New Mexico: Summers 1963, '64

Selected Bibliography

Lynch, John, Metal Sculpture, Studio Crowell, 1957, pp. 118 ff., ills.

Andersen, Wayne V., American Sculpture in Process: 1930-1970, New York Graphic Society, 1975, ill.

Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, Barbara Lekberg, Sculpture: 1948-1978, 1978, Catalogue of retrospective exhibition, foreword by Jean Harris, artist's statement, excerpts from reviews, ills.

Streifer-Rubenstein, Charlotte, American Women Sculptors, 1990

Reynolds, Donald Martin, Masters of American Sculpture: The Figurative Tradition, Abbeville Press, 1993, ill.

Hale, Nathan Cabot, Creative Welding, Dover Press, 1994


National Educational Television: Three videos on three sculptures by Lekberg, shown extensively on Channel 13, NYC, 1964

Hudson Valley Cable TV: Fifteen-minute interview by Ann Leonard, November, 1981

National Sculpture Society Video: "The Figure," 1983

National Sculpture Society Video: "Techniques of Sculpture," fifteen-minute segment on welding, 1984

Westchester Cable Television: One hour interview by Carol Hayes, March 1990


National Academy of Design, Academician

Sculptors Guild

National Sculpture Society, Fellow

The Century Association