Barbara Mink

I grew up with art all around me. My father was an abstract painter, and Buffalo featured a wonderful modern art gallery and a lively arts scene. I think we’re hardwired to appreciate beauty in music, art and literature; we can learn sophisticated ways to approach beauty, but at the most basic level I think people respond to certain constructs found in nature as reflected in aesthetic fundamentals and classic tropes. As the daughter of an artist, I imbibed the principles of art making at an early age, yet I am constantly pulled in new directions rather than staying with one style or point of view.




614 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850


If walking or driving from the Commons, head north on Cayuga Street past Gimme Coffee and Northside Pharmacy to just before Yates Street. My house/studio is at 614 North Cayuga, two houses from the corner. Please walk up the driveway to the back of the house, gallery space is a separate building.


Barbara Mink was born in Buffalo, New York and started painting in 1998. She studied with several prominent artists but is largely self taught. The daughter of an artist, she absorbed the love of creation, and went from watercolor botanical illustration to oil figurative painting to acrylics, inks and mixed media abstracts.

Mink is an active member of the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca and the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, as well as the Buffalo Society of Artists and Western NY Artists Group. She is represented by Art Matters Consultants in Washington, DC, Indigo Art Consultants, London England, and Velvenoir for European sales. Online her work can be found at for institutional and corporate projects, as well as, Saatchi Art, and

Her work can be found in collections in throughout New York State, as well as Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon, California, Louisiana, Alaska, Washington, Florida, Sweden, France and Israel.

A Summa cum Laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo, she moved to Ithaca, New York in 1976 where she pursued a PhD in Comparative Literature, was a freelance actor in television and radio commercials, News Director of a radio station, and earned an MA degree in History from Cornell University in 1986. In 1989 Mink was elected to the Tompkins County Legislature and served for 12 years, five of which as Chair. In 2001 she founded the Light in Winter Festival of Science and Art. She has taught Oral and Written Communication for MBAs at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1986.

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