Barbara Waterman-Peters holds a BFA from Washburn University an MFA from Kansas State University and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Washburn University. Waterman-Peters taught at Washburn and Kansas State Universities for several years, as well as for Lassen Community College in California. She received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas and the Monroe Award from the Washburn University Alumni Association. In 2011, she was awarded the ARTY for Distinguished Visual Artist from ARTSConnect in Topeka. Barbara is a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery (1987-2014) and is a charter member of Circle of 7. She has shown nationally and internationally in almost 300 solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions. Waterman-Peters was the staff artist for the Washburn University Theater from 1999 until 2016. In 2010, she founded STUDIO 831, a gallery and working studio for several artists in the North Topeka Arts & Entertainment District (NOTO). She has served on numerous boards, most recently the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District Board. In addition, she was part of Heartland Visioning’s Quality of Life component, and a curator and panelist for various arts institutions. Currently, Barbara is a member of the ARTS Leadership Roundtable. Barbara is also the co-founder of Pen & Brush Press with author Glendyn Buckley. She and Glendyn each received a Children’s Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club for their work on their second book,Bird. Their first book, The Fish’s Wishes, was placed on the KNEA’s Recommended Reading List. Recently, she worked with poet Dennis Etzel, Jr. on the exhibit and illustrations for the Two Ponders: A Collaboration project. Barbara's award-winning artwork can be found in museum, corporate and private collections throughout the US. Barbara is represented by several galleries, including the Jones Gallery in Kansas City, MO, the Strecker Nelson West Gallery in Manhattan, KS, and the Beauchamp and Southwind Art Galleries in Topeka. Barbara has worked with several authors to create cover art and illustrations for numerous books. She writes articles about art and artists for TOPEKA Magazine and other publications.