Barbara Tepper Levy

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Barbara Tepper Levy is originally from the New York City area, and now lives in Saugerties.    Her background is in fashion and costume design, bringing a vibrant color and line dynamic to her work.  Her art is composed of collages, black and white line-art drawings, acrylic painting, mixed metal jewelry and hand-built sculptural ceramics.  She has taught collage at the Lifelong Learning Center at Bard College, and showed regularly at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. She has also shown at the ARTBAR Gallery in Kingston, New York and at the Lev Shalem Gallery at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, the Artists Society of Kingston, and the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY.  She is currently showing at Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, and work is available through their website  She was chosen to appear at Fall for Art in 2014 and 2015, where she showed her sculptural ceramics, and was on the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour for the third time this August. She can be reached by email at  Her telephone number is (845)247-3227.

Artist’s Statement

My formal education is in fashion and costume design.  I worked as a fashion designer for several boutiques in New York City, and on constructing costumes for Broadway shows such as “Cats,” and for many ballets.  I restarted my art education soon after the birth of my children 19 years ago, with classes in graphite portraiture.  I then moved on to collage, which was a satisfying and fun way to approach my work.  I also took a number of classes in both watercolor and acrylic painting, and ceramics and began working on what I call “Structural Ceramics,” sculptural pottery works that are more like beautiful pieces of art.   My work was recently described as “pieces that have curves that evoke a sense of graceful movement,” in the Northern Dutchess News.  I believe that flowing dynamic in my work is influenced by my years of working in costuming and fashion design.  Right now I’m using that aesthetic to make handmade silver jewelry, set with semi-precious gems.