Fine art should be used to present a social commentary intended to challenge, expand and educate viewers. My work will challenge the viewer to re-evaluate their relationship with money and our consumer driven society. The compositions and the application of the paint removes the money from their everyday context and displays it in an idolized fashion.


The work sets up juxtaposition between the perceived and actual values of the money. Money fluctuates in value due to many exterior factors, such as inflation, the global market, and the rising cost of goods. The precarious stacks also comment on the fragile stability of our economic climate, both in the United State and in the world as a whole. Rolling the dollar bills and having the viewer see it from the side, and through a hollow center, reflects the empty promises that accompany the accumulation of wealth. While standing up the rolled bills give an air of strength. This series will ultimately have the audience thinking about what money can truly buy and have them realize that it is not a true path to happiness.


I use art to communicate about certain current social topics that have caught my attention.  The common thread in all of my pieces is that they engender a conversation with the viewer about relationships. The work evokes to the obvious, if sometime unconscious, relationships that we have with objects we encounter every day.  Aesthetically there is the purely visual relationship of the objects in a space, and to one another. My compositions transform those mundane objects into subjects that demand attention while engaging the viewer in the discourse that I wish to provoke. Ultimately, I would like to spark a dialogue between my work and the viewer, who hopefully will appreciate the stylistic and technical choices that I have made.

b 1985 Stonybrook, New York
Lives and works in Worchester, MA


2010 Bachelor of Fine Art, Summa Cum Laude, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
2006 Associates Degree of Fine Art, Suffolk Community Collage, Selden, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Pills & Bills, Jo Hay Open Studio Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2014 Fuck Wall Street, Jo Hay Open Studio Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2014 A Collection of Work By Tess Barbato, Mayors Gallery, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
2014 Money: What is it Worth, Regions Gallery, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
2012 Works By Tess Barbato, McLanahan Gallery, Penn State Altoona, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 London Contemporary Art Prize, Store Street Gallery, London, UK
2016 One: An Exhibition of Members Work, Aurora Gallery, Worcester, MA
2016 Melange, Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA
2016 Now! New Work, Juror Roger Hankins, Director of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, Aurora Gallery and Kirkorian Gallery, Worcester, MA
2014 Mid Summer Salon, Cure8 Group, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
2014 4th Annual Art Groove, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
2014 Expo 33, B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY
2014 Love, Lust and Desire VII, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH
2013 Political Statements, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2013 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 117th Annual Juried Open Exhibition, Jurors Gary Erbe, Award winning artist; Bob Bahr, Editor for Plein Air Magazine; Beth CarverWees, Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Arts Club,  New  York, NY
2013 Art of the Figure, Juror Philip Pearlstein, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2013 The New England Collective IV, ArtScope Magazine, Galatea Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2013 American Dream, Studio Space Arts, Barre, VT
2013 The Story of the Creative, Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2013 Joseph Reboli Outdoor Wet Paint Festival, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2013 Less Is More: Small Works in a Great Space, Juried by Jack Rasmuissen and Joann Moser, Annapolis, MD
2013 Cambridge Artist Association National Prize Show, Juried by Toby Kamps, Cambridge, MA
2013 The Half Hallow’s Eve Show, Mercurial Gallery, Danbury, CT
2013 Gallery 263 Annual Members Show, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
2013 Slice Of Life: A Collective Exhibition, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2013 3rd Annual Art Groove, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
2013 Fork and Knife, Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA
2013 Love, Lust and Desire VI, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH
2012 Meta, Juror Camilo, Alvarez of the Samson Projects, Gallery 263 Cambridge, MA
2012 Paradox: The Closest Point to Reality, The Artlink Gallery, Miami, FL
2012 23rd International Juried Exhibition, Guest Juror Chrissie Iles, Curator of Whitney Museum of American Art, Viridian Artists Inc., New York, NY
2012 Joseph Reboli Outdoor Wet Paint Festival, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2012 Art Groove, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
2012 Love, Lust and Desire V, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH
2011 47th Annual Juried Outdoor Art Show, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2011 Joseph Reboli Outdoor Wet Paint Festival, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2011 Love, Lust and Desire IV, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH
2010 Seventeenth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition, AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon NH
2009-2010 Senior BFA Thesis Exhibition, Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth, NH
2010 Joseph Reboli Outdoor Wet Paint Festival, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2010 Juried Student Show, Plymouth State University, Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth, NH
2010 Love, Lust and Desire III, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH
2009 Embracing Our Differences, Wang center, Stony Brook University, NY
2009 AVA Gallery and Art Center’s Sixteenth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2009 45th Annual Juried Outdoor Art Show, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2008 President’s Show, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
2007 Embracing Our Differences Inaugural Exhibition, Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc, Huntington, NY
2007 41 Annual Juried Outdoor Art Show, Gallery North, Setauket NY

Awards and Honors
2016 First Prize Recipient, One: An Exhibition of Members Work, Jon Seydl, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
2016 First Prize Recipient, Now! New Work, Worcester, MA
2013 Finalist, The Artist Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition
2013 Honorable Mention, 2013 International Art Festival at 25CPW Gallery, NY, NY
2012 Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Essie Awards, Gallore Gallery, Middleton, CT
2012 Honorable Mention, Junk or Genius, Gallore Gallery, Middleton, CT
2007-2010 President’s List, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
2007 International Juried Exhibit, Embracing Our Differences Exhibition, Huntington, NY

2016 Alvin, Rebecca M. On The Edge: A Guide to Provincetown’s Gallery Season, Provincetown Magazine, June 16, 2016
2016 Sheehan, Nancy. Arts Watch: Downtown Worcester Venues Team Up for Gallery Walk, Worcester Telegram, June 5, 2016
2016 Sheehan, Nancy. Arts Worcester and Craft Center Team Up For Exhibition of Young Artists, Worcester Telegram, March 18, 2016
2015 Cunningham, Erin. 30 Pieces of Eye Candy You Can Only See in New York, Refinery 29, May 18, 2015
2014 North vs. South Competition, Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue 17
2013 Bloom, Amanda. Halloween at The Mercurial Gallery, News Times, Danbury, MA May 30, 2013
2013 Landes, Jennifer. Art Gets it’s Groove Back, The Art Scene, The East Hampton Star, April 16, 2013
2013 Aesthetica: The Art and Culture Magazine, Issue 52, May/April, 2013
2012 Dorsey, Dave. Pink Slime, Zuccotti Park and a Little Led Zep, The Dorsey Post, July 9, 2012
2012 Harten, Kelsa. Penn State Altoona Ivyside Juried Gallery Exhibition, The La Roche Courier, March 26, p 2
2010 Bryant, Ann. Art Review: Class Act at Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Sea Coast On Line, Portsmouth, NH February 25,