Brooke Barrie, of Tucson, AZ and Forestport, NY, died on Wednesday, December 30, in Tucson. Brooke was born in 1956 in Schenectady, NY. After graduating from West Genesee High School in Camillus, NY, she earned a BFA from SUNY Potsdam and an MFA in Sculpture from Tulane University. After college, Brooke took a position at the Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, NJ as Academic Director. She was part of the creative team that founded Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. In 1992 she became Grounds for Sculpture’s founding director and curator. She curated major sculpture shows for Beverly Pepper, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Red Grooms, Marisol, William King, Dale Chihuly, Albert Paley, and many others. She also traveled extensively to lecture and consult on sculpture. Her own sculpture was exhibited in sixty shows nationwide. She is the author of Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture and co-author of Grounds for Sculpture: A Living Legacy, as well as numerous journal articles and exhibition catalogs.
Brooke was an avid traveler, hiker, bird watcher, chef, and loved being an aunt to her nephews and nieces.
She is survived by her life partner, Bruce Petronio; her brother, Hugh Barrie of Baldwinsville, NY; sisters, Jill Barrie of Naperville, IL, and Beth Barrie of Hamilton, NJ; and nephews and nieces.
Services will be private. Donations can be made to the Brooke Barrie Art Fund at Grounds for Sculpture, brookebarrieartfund.org
Date of Death: December 30, 2015
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Jan. 6 to Jan. 10, 2016
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