Barbara Kasten

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1930s

1936

Barbara Kasten is born in Chicago.

decade

1950s

1955–59 1955

Barbara Kasten transfers to the University of Arizona and earns her BFA.

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1960s

1960s 1961

Barbara Kasten goes to San Francisco to work as a stylist and display dresser for department stores.

1960s 1967

Barbara Kasten works at US Army bases in Germany, where she leads art workshops for soldiers.

1968

Barbara Kasten returns to Northern California to work on her MFA at San Francisco State University.

1969

Barbara Kasten transfers to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.

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1970s

1970

Barbara Kasten earns her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts.

1970

Immediately after graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Barbara Kasten moves to Los Angeles to be a substitute teacher for Bernard Kester’s fiber arts course at UCLA.

1970s 1970

Barbara Kasten participates in exhibitions with her friends Robert Cumming and Douglas Huebler.

1971–72 1971

Barbara Kasten receives a Fulbright fellowship and moves to Poland to study with Magdalena Abakanowicz.

1971

Barbara Kasten describes being a woman in LA’s art scene in the 1970s.

1972

1975

Barbara Kasten, Untitled 75/36 from the series Photogenic Painting, 1975. Cyanotype; 30 × 40 in. (76.2 × 101.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2011.44. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1975

Barbara Kasten begins teaching at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.

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