Title: Artist, Educator
Company: City Recreation Center
Location: Boulder, Colorado, United States
Barbara M. Cox-Bixby, Artist and Educator at City Recreation Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in drawing, stone sculpture and wood carving.
Ms. Cox-Bixby was 12 when her parents noticed her persistent artistic abilities. From there, she began her sculpture training. After coming to the United States, she started teaching art as a way to financially support herself. She initially worked with children from six to eight years old. Afterward, she decided to acquire an art education certificate, which would allow her to teach in other places. In the years that followed, she proceeded to instruct and educate other people in art. She loves every moment in which she can direct people to the beauty of their own life in art. Ms. Cox-Bixby started by taking coursework in sculptural studies at Gewerbeschule in Innsbruck Austria in 1957. She then went to the Fine Arts Academy in Munich, Germany taking coursework from 1960 to 1963. In 1991, she received a Master of Arts in therapy and Jungian psychotherapy at The Avalon Institute.
In one of her art classes, Ms. Cox-Bixby was working with a limited budget. In order to compensate for what she lacked, she handmade all of the supplies that her students would need to succeed. In 1976, Ms. Cox-Bixby earned the Training Management Program Arts and Crafts Grantee in 1976 from the Western Art Foundation in response to her initiation. She used it to build up to the arts programs in the city. Ms. Cox-Bixby started as an art instructor with the Community Free School in 1971, remaining for a year. She then became an art instructor for children’s classes at the Boulder Fine Arts Center from 1972 to 1973. In 1974, she joined the UMC Arts and Craft Center at the University of Memorial Center as a director, instructor, and coordinator, where she remained until 1985. Ms. Cox-Bixby became an art instructor of stone sculpture and woodcarving at the University of Boulder Continuing Education from 1985 to 2002. Alongside that position, she took an art instructor job with the City Recreation Center teaching drawing in 1985 and holds that position to this day. As a testament to her success, Ms. Cox-Bixby has received a Merit Award from the Lakewood Arts Council in 2006 and an International Art Award from the Cultural Center of Beijing in 2005. She is also listed in the 23rd and 27th editions of Who’s Who in American Women and the 60th edition of Who’s Who in America.
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