Cobble Hill, Brooklyn artist and native of Duluth, Minnesota, Barbara Rae Schaefer began her artistic career inspired by the pristine beauty of Lake Superior and the Canadian border landscape: deep blue sky and water, rich green fir trees, pure white snow. After receiving a BFA in painting from the University of Minnesota, she came to New York on a Whitney Museum Fellowship and went on to earn an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, studying with the renowned abstract expressionist painter, George McNeil. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad and as an American painter, represented the United States in 1997 and 1999 at the Salomne Dâ€™Autumne in Paris, France. Her painting â€œVoice of a Dead Sea Scrollâ€ was included in the 2001 exhibition â€œEncountering the Second Commandmentâ€ originating at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh, where it now resides in the Museumâ€™s permanent collection. In 2004 her work was shown at the City Hall of Oslo, Norway, site of the Nobel Peace Prize Awards Ceremony, in an exhibition entitled â€œInternational Women Artists,â€ which traveled to Gallery Tondinelli in Rome, Italy, on view during the week of mourning for Pope John Paul II. Barbara Rae Schaefer's paintings have more recently been shown at the Ezair Gallery, NYC, 2008; the Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn, 2008; The Andrews Art Museum, NC, 2010; and will be featured in the "People's Choice" exhibition at The Pen & Brush Club, NYC, October 2011.