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Barry Sweeny, Artist
(and Friend; Dad; Husband; Grandpa; Teacher; Fix-it-guy; Brother; Son)

Barry loved making art since he was a child and was encouraged to do so by his creative mother and numerous teachers.

  • He was graduated in 1967 by Northern Illinois University with a comprehensive painting and drawing major and B.S. in Ed. degree in art education.
  • He earned his Masters of Art degree in sculpture.
  • It is the combination of these diverse experiences that has formed his vision for his work now.

Barry passed away this year on March 6th at CDH with us all around him from complications from chemo. Read Dad’s Obituary.

His Professional Accomplishments

  • During the years since 1967, Barry taught nearly all forms of art in public high schools, middle schools and many times at the adult level. For adults he has taught both credit courses and workshops.
  • 1967-1972 – Art Teacher in all media, Niles Township High School, North Division, Skokie, Illinois
  • 1969 – Teacher, Art Appreciation, Adult Evening School, Niles Township High Schools, Skokie, Illinois
  • 1974-1983, Instructor and Instructor Trainer, part time in evenings, Sherman Hospital. Taught the six week long course “Preparation for Childbirth”, a community-based program in Elgin, Illinois.
  • 1976-1992 – Art Teacher in all media, Franklin Middle School. Wheaton, Illinois. While in this assignment, Barry”s teaching gained state-wide recognition when he received the “Those Who Excel” teaching award from the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • 1992-1998 – Manager of School Improvement, DuPage-Kane Education Service Center and Kane County Regional Office of Education, delivered training to improve instruction and student performance to hundreds of teacher and administrator groups.
  • Barry’s most recent teaching of adults was a twelve week Water Color Course, given during fall and winter 2007-2008, and again in the fall and winter of 2008-2009.
  • Barry, with the help from a gift from a friend (Roseanne), had some of his watercolor and acrylic pantings assembled as a collection in a hard-cover portfolio book from blurb.com.
  • Barry has always perceived his work as a teacher as turning on the eyes and the creativity of his students.

Read even more about where my Dad’s showed his artwork at the ART EXHIBITION RECORD.

Find out what his goals were in his Artist’s Statement.


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