Barbara Takenaga (born 1949 in North Platte, Nebraska) is an abstract painter who is known for her swirling, dot-based paintings that recall cosmic and cellular imagery. She is currently represented by DC Moore Gallery in New York and by Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco.
Takenaga attended the University of Colorado Boulder, earning a BFA in 1972 and a MFA in 1978. She has been the Mary A. & William Wirt Warren Professor of Art at Williams College since 1985. Takenaga also taught briefly at the University of Denver from 1982 to 1984. She currently lives and works both in Williamstown, MA and in New York, where her studio is located.
Takenaga's awards and honors include a 2009 Wauson Fellowship, FOR-SITE FOUNDATION, San Francisco, CA; 2008 Eric Isenburger Annual Award, National Academy Museum, New York, NY; 2005 Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Awards, American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY; 2004 Artist's Resource Trust Grant, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; 1998 Massachusetts Artist Fellowship in Painting, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts; 1993 Artist's Residency Grant, Art In General, NY State Council on the Arts; Fellowship in painting, New England Foundation for the Arts; 1992 Studio Grant, Space Program in New York City, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation; Asian Women United Grant for collaborative video with Christine Choy; and an Alice Baber Art Fund Grant, New York, NY.