June 2018:

I am currently working on a book of my body of work Phantom Power. It is being published by Daylight Books and will be released in June 2018.


Online Features:





Streit House Space Spring Quarter 2017 http://www.streithousespace.com/


Current Exhibitions:

88th Artist Member Exhibition, The Arts Club of Chicago, January 19-February 24, 2018, http://www.artsclubchicago.org/exhibition/88-artist-member-exhibition/

Tree Talk, The Griffin at Lafayette City Center Passageway, Boston, MA, January 30-May 30, 2018, http://griffinmuseum.org/show/tree-talk/


Recent Exhibitions:

ID Faculty Exhibition, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL, November 2 - 22, 2017 http://www.oakton.edu/about/thearts/museum/index.php

Hot New Pics 2017, Midwest Center for Photography, August 25 - September 8, 2017 http://www.mwcponline.com/2017-hot-new-pics.html

Context 2017, Filter Space, Chicago, IL, March 3- April 22, 2017

2017 Open Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, March 3 - April 2, 2017



Born in 1982 in Germany Barbara Diener received her Bachelor of Fine Art in photography from the California College of the Arts and Masters in Fine Art in Photography from Columbia College Chicago.

Her work has been exhibited at Alibi Fine Art, Chicago, IL, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, IL, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Lilllstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL, Riverside Art Center, Chicago, IL. Pingyao Photo Festival, China, The Arcade, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT and Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA among others. Diener’s photographs are part of several private and institutional collections including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

In 2013 Diener was selected to participate in two highly ambitious and competitive artist residency programs, the Fields Project in Oregon, IL and ACRE in Steuben, WI and she is currently participating in the residency program HATCH Projects 2015-2016 through the Chicago Artist Coaltition.

Diener is a winner of Flash Forward 2013, the recipient of a Follett Fellowship at Columbia College Chicago and was awarded the Albert P. Weisman Award in 2012 and 2013. In addition Diener received an Individual Artist Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Events in 2015. She is the Collection Manager in the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches photography at Oakton Community College and at the School of the Art Institute.