Painter · Photographer · Sculptor
Born January 5, 1929, Newark, New Jersey
Died March 11, 2008, Princeton, New Jersey
Barry Snyder is one of those rare creative people who not only is highly accomplished as an artist, but also has had a positive impact on the community where he lives. Barry has taken an active interest in promoting the work of other artists, has been a leader in raising public awareness about the visually impaired, and has done much to encourage the creativity of children. Brian H. Peterson, Senior Curator, James A. Michener Art Museum, 2005
Sculptor Barry Snyder transforms everyday objects into works of art. He is also a painter and a photographer. Snyder began his exploration of "found objects" by sketching them and creating collages; these works then evolved into sculptures. His first sculpture was made of an eggbeater, wire mesh, and paint. Initially his work was heavily influenced by primitive art, often resembling masks, animals, totems, figures and other primitive objects. In his later works, Snyder has become more conscious of refined and graceful compositions that are inspired by oriental design and Zen thought. Characterized by both humor and intense feeling, his sculptures often incorporate unusual materials including delicate branches, old tools, vines, metal objects, rubber tubing, antiques, fabric, etc.
Snyder has exhibited locally at the Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibitions, Elllarslie Trenton City Museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Hunterdon Art Center, and many other venues. He is an active member of Artsbridge, Princeton Artists Alliance, and Trenton Artists Workshop Association. He has served on the Children's Gallery Advisory Board at the Michener Art Museum since its inception in 2000, and served as the curator of the Children's Gallery art exhibitions for more than four years.