Barbara King was born in Syracuse, NY. She was the recipient of a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she graduated with a BFA in Printmaking and earned a teaching certificate in art. King received an MFA in Mixed Media from Hunter College in 1989. Her graduate thesis show was awarded a William Graft Scholarship. King has taught art workshops in Hastings, Yonkers, Buffalo and New York. She has exhibited at Saint Peter's Church in New York, and has shown work in Buffalo, Rochester, Hastings-on-Hudson, and Yonkers. Her painting, sculpture, mixed media and installations utilize a wide range of materials including paper, canvas, pencil, conte crayon, pastel, and acrylics. King investigates how personal and political issues are revealed through their relationship to cultural symbols.