Barbara Hughes Place



PhotoI have been a studio artist for over 40 years, and I am the author of Enfolded in Silence: A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood available from Amazon. See For most of my career, I have done figurative ceramic sculpture. My work has been exhibited in many cities including Atlanta, Washington, DC and New York. My Cathedral Nativity is the official crèche of the Washington National Cathedral (see Art). Recently I have turned to painting as well as sculpture.


I have led workshops on various aspects of art and spirituality for over 30 years for the Episcopal Church and for other groups (see Art Retreats), as well as from my own studio. I have been Visiting Instructor in Art and Theology at the School of Theology in Sewanee, teaching seminary students how to explore their spirituality through art. I have taught figurative sculpture at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center ( in Atlanta, GA.


As a survivor of childhood sexual violence, myself, I have worked with many other survivors of abuse and have written, lectured, and expressed this subject in art. Some of my retreats are especially for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other trauma (see, under construction).


I have gone on mission trips to Eastern Europe, Haiti and to Tanzania, doing workshops on addiction, codependency and abuse. I am a member of the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace.Clay sculpture by Hughes


I received a BA from Bucknell University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and studied art at Ohio University and at the University of Toronto, where I took course work comparable to a BFA in the U.S. In addition, I took an intensive course inCross by Hughes sculpture and ceramics at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I have taken the basic course in art therapy, and have worked with an art therapist for many years.


I was involved with dance (especially liturgical dance) for many years, performing mime and drama in several settings. Besides making art, I like canoeing, sailing, reading, hiking, napping, and time with family and friends. I am interested in politics, women’s issues, climate change, poverty, civil rights, and global peace. I have had periods of political activism and participated in my share of protest marches.


I am married to the Rev. Dr. Robert Hughes, retired Professor of Theology and Spirituality at the School of Theology in Sewanee, and have two sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.


For more on my thoughts and activities, visit my blog.

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