Barbara Ishikura is a painter and art educator. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her work in the US, Japan and Italy. Ishikura will hold her first museum exhibition at the Wilson Museum – Southern Vermont Arts Center in the summer of 2023. She received the St. Botolph award in 2018 and fellowships to the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming and Cill Railiag in Ireland. Ishikura teaches drawing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.