Barry Tinsley

born Roanoke, VA 1942
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Active in
  • Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • American

Barry Tinsley spent his childhood in Roanoke, Virginia, and became fascinated with steel through his father, who maintained the railroad for the Norfolk and Western Railway. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Tinsley studied at the University of Iowa and received his MFA in 1968. Tinsley is well known for his large steel and concrete sculptures in museum, private, and corporate collections, including several works commissioned by Minneapolis-based Dayton Hudson Properties, now Target Corporation. Many of Tinsley's sculptures are located in the Midwest, especially Chicago, where the artist lives with his family and maintains his studio.


Media - 1979.53.34 - SAAM-1979.53.34_2 - 134744
Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection
August 11, 2011January 2, 2012
Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection features twenty-five paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from 1960 to 1980, including works by Roger Brown, Leon Golub, Theodore Halkin, Vera Klement, Ellen Lanyon, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Barry Tinsley, and Ray