Barry Underwood an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) and a BA in Theatre and in Photography from Indiana University Northwest (IN)
He was awarded the Creative Workforce Fellowship through the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (OH), The Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Arts (OH), and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (OH)
His has also been an artist-in-residence at The Banff Center for the Arts (Canada), I-Park Foundation (CT), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), Burlington City Arts, at Shelburne Farms (VT), The Center for Land Use Interpretation (UT), The MacDowell Colony (NH), Teton Artlab, (WY), and most recently The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation (CT).
His has exhibited his work in a variety of contexts including Art Museums, University Galleries, Project Spaces, and for-profit Galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (OH), McDonough Museum of Art (OH), The Woodbury Art Museum (UT), Buddy Holly Center Fine Arts Gallery (TX), LCAD on Forest, Laguna College of Art + Design (CA), Wayne State University (MI), University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti (MI), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (MI), Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, Tarleton State University (TX), Russell Hill Rodgers Gallery, The Southwest School of Art (TX), Suburban Gallery (IL), Dorsky Gallery, (NY), The Sculpture Center (OH), Burlington City Arts (VT), Photographic Center Northwest (WA), Sous Les Etoiles Gallery (NY), and Johansson Projects Gallery.
His work has also been reviewed in numerous print, website publications, including Color Magazine (CA), the London Times, Spectrum Magazine (England), Photo+ (Seoul), Picnic Magazine (Tel Aviv), and Vision Magazine (Beijing), as well as featured in Real Simple Magazine (United States), Gizmodo, BLDGBLOG, Esquire, Turkey, Mental Floss, Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz Magazine, Gwarlingo, Colossal, the Huffington Post. His work has been published in various books including Crazy Photography (France), Land Art (France), and the San Francisco Exploratorium’s The Art of Tinkering (CA). Barry’s work has been reviewed on Swedish television The Leading Art Green Wave, SVT Nyheter (Sweden), The Sound of Applause, WVIZ (OH), and featured on At Large, Creators at Work, on Red Bull Media House (Austria)
His work is in the collections of The Akron Art Museum (Akron, OH), The Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), Elton John Photography Collection (GA), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Rockefeller Family Art Collection (CA), Murray State University (KY), The Progressive Art Collection (OH), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (OH), and The George Gund Foundation (OH), among several others.
Barry lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is an Associate Professor in the Photo+VIDEO DEPARTMENT, at the Cleveland Institute of Art