Cincinnati lost an important contributor to the arts community. Barbara Lee Young (Buck), 89, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on September 16, 2023, from natural causes. Barbara’s love affair with the art world began with her first box of crayons and continued with a few stops for 70 plus years. She started painting portraits and landscapes and in mid-career she jumped headlong into traditional printmaking. Printmaking led her to the exploration of collagraph and monotype mediums. She felt that art provided her with the opportunity of discovery and feed her passion to get better. She once stated, “true creativity is elusive. It leads us on with the promise of immortality. If we are very, very good we will be remembered. That is enough.” Barbara was indeed very, very good and her memories and works will live on.
Barbara Young was born on July 12, 1934. She graduated from Withrow High School in 1952 and went on to the University of Cincinnati and received her degree in Design in 1957. Later she studied printmaking at Edgecliff College, Cincinnati, OH. She was a respected and influential artist in Cincinnati. Barbara was one of the first 7 artists to have a studio at Essex Studios in the early 80’s. She maintained her studio there until her passing. She was also involved in Tiger Lily Press in the 80’s and 90’s. Barbara’s works are in the collections of Cincinnati Art Museum, Miami University Art Museum, Museum of Fine Art Boston, Dayton Art Institute, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Cincinnati Bell (AltaFiber), Fifth Third Bank, UC Hospital, and the University of North Carolina, as well as many other private, and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, and Mexico.
She was predeceased by Steward T. Buck, her father, Isabelle Buck (Spaulding), her mother, and Heather Lewis Knopf (Buck), her sister. She is survived by her husband Robert Dean Young, and her two children, Mark Steward Young (Holly Young) and Heather Elizabeth Schmidt (John Crow). As per the family’s request, no funeral will be held. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held later.
In lieu of flowers please feel free to honor Barbara’s contributions to the arts community by donating to Arts Wave Cincinnati at artswave.org or any other organization that positively impacts the arts in your community.