With experience in both nonprofit and commerical organizations, Barbara Escobar manages communications strategies for a wide range of cultural institutions, foundations, and major initiatives.
Since joining Resnicow and Associates in 2015, Barbara has mounted communications campaigns and strategic planning for a range of organizations and major projects, most recently the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Rose Art Museum and featuring the work of Mark Bradford; and the opening of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s new permanent home in the Miami Design District in December 2017. Barbara has also worked on campaigns for regional and encyclopedic museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art and Denver Art Museum, as well as a number of associations and foundations including the Art Dealers Association of America, Rolex Philanthropy, Sharjah Art Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Wildenstein Plattner Institute.
Prior to joining R+A, Barbara was the publicity and events manager at Aperture Foundation, the photography nonprofit and publisher. In that role, she directed institutional communications, digital marketing, and publicity campaigns for more than 40 publications, internationally-traveling exhibitions, and major projects annually, including the launch of programmatic partnerships with the Hermès Foundation and Paris Photo. Barbara also managed events, sponsorships, and cross-promotional exchanges with cultural institutions and corporate brands, and regularly produced programming in New York and at partner institutions internationally. Previously, she worked in a marketing role at Phillips auction house and has held a variety of positions at visual and performing arts nonprofits, including internships at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and The Barnes Foundation.
Since 2014, Barbara has been adjunct faculty in arts marketing at SUNY Purchase College. She serves on the advisory boards of the Honolulu Biennial and Musée magazine and is a member of the Whitney Contemporaries.
Barbara received a master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University and graduated cum laude from Catholic University with a double major in art history and philosophy.