Rochester Institute of Technology, M.F.A, Furniture Design, 1999.

Edinboro University of PA, B.F.A. Woodworking, 1996.

Cosmo Barbaro Furniture
Create one of a kind commission and speculative work.  Design studio furniture for clients based on their particular needs. 2010-present.                                    

Murray State University
Assistant Professor in furniture design at Murray State University. Responsibilities teaching furniture classes, research, serving on appropriate committees, advising students, shop safety budgeting, machine maintenance. 2008-2010.

Terrence Hunt Studio
Project manager for nationally recognized furniture designer Terry Hunt.  Responsibilities include producing all prototype furniture prior to being manufactured.  This work ranges from office swivel chairs, outdoor               furniture, one of kind furniture, and two Steinway Art Case Pianos, 2006-2008.

Buffalo State College
Coordinator and professor of furniture design, responsibilities include teaching two furniture design classes and one 3-D class per semester, implementation of shop safety policies,  managing shop budget, ordering all necessary materials, evaluating curriculum, advising students, receiving and implementing new equipment through scientific grants, and machine maintenance, 2005-2006.                                                   

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Wood shop coordinator, responsibilities included designing new safety policies for shop use, machine maintenance, training all studio monitors, applying for and receiving several scientific grants for machinery, ordering all materials and maintaining studio budget.  In addition I was Adjunct professor teaching furniture teaching furniture   design, 2003-2005.                                                                                                                            
Savannah College of Art and Design
Studio manager for the furniture design department were responsibilities included machine maintenance, shop safety policies, ordering all necessary materials for the shop, assisting professors and advising all students technically while working on their projects, 2002-2003.

Fine Woodworking, December 2013.
Niche Magazine, summer 2012.
Design New York, April, 2012.
Artful Home Winter 2011 catalog.
500 Cabinets, Lark Books, spring 2010.
The International Exchange Exhibition Publication, 2009.
Burchfield Penny Art Gallery Publication, 2006.
House Trends, spring 2006.
Furniture Studio 4, 2005.
Fine woodworking, 2005.
Tampa Bay Illustrated 2005.
Woodwork Magazine, 2004.
The Crafts Reports, 2003.
House trends, 2003.
Woodwork Magazine, 2002.
New York Times, 2002.
New Jersey Herald, 2002.

Invited to join 2015.
Invited to join in 2013
Invited to join, 2011.
Invited to join, 2011.
Featured artist through Crafthaus, June, 2010.
Best new exhibiting artist, 15th Master Woodworker Show. 2009.
Nominated for the NICHE magazine 2009 art educator of the year
Featured artist through Crafthaus, July, 2009.

Nan Miller Gallery, Into the Woods, March 9-May 9, 2016
Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015.
Artfulhome, Madison, WI, 2010 – present..
The Story of the Creative, Angel Orensanz Foundation, NY, NY July 25, 2013.
Enlighten Me, Crafthaus, February 2013.
Erie Art Museum, 89th Annual Spring Show, April-July, 2012.
Erie Home and Garden Expo, Erie, PA, March 2012.
At Your Service, Crafthaus online show, 2011.
Art Slant Annual Show, 2010 Showcase
Artful Home, Selected Wood Artist, July, 2010.
Luke and Eloy Gallery, “The Art of Containment”, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010.
Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, NY 14623, 2010.
Sitting Pretty, Crafthaus, 2010.
Luke & Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, December, 2010.
Upstream Peoples Gallery, 8th Annual Juried Online Exhibition, 2009.
15th Master Woodworkers Show, Knoxville, TN, 2009.
International Design Exhibition in China, Daeg University, Tshingwha University, Spring 2009.
Faculty Show, Murray State University Murray Kentucky, November 2008.
Burchfield Penny Art Gallery “Craft Art from Western New York, 2006.
“Show us your drawers”, Furniture Society, Indianapolis, IN, 2006.
Faculty show, Buffalo State College, 2005.
Curv-iture, furniture society traveling show 2004-2005.
The Red Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA,
The Coe Gallery, The Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC, 2004-2005.
The Gallery of Art and Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, 2005.
Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Houston, TX, 2005.
Florida Craftsman Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL 2005.
Exploring Digital Technologies; online show, Furniture Society, 2004.


Cosmo Barbaro was born in Erie, Pa on January 9, 1973.  He earned a B.F.A in woodworking from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996, and received his M.F.A. in furniture design from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s school for American craftsmen in 1999. In 2006 he was commissioned by Terrance Hunt Studios to build two one of a kind Steinway art case pianos.  He has worked at several universities across the south east United State; which include Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Buffalo State College, and Murray State University. Currently he is owner of Cosmo Barbaro Furniture were he primarily focuses on made to order commissions.  Cosmos work has been featured in a variety of national publications and in addition he has exhibited in numerous galleries and shows both nationally and internationally.

Artist Statement

Beauty and elegance are goals that I try to attain with each new design. The work has a classic feel that is influenced in part by Art Deco artists and my everyday experiences in life. I unconsciously digest visual information from nature and man-made items. Inspiration is derived from the texture of a particular sea shell, the color of a unique humming bird, to a machined part that I find interesting. A visual dictionary is created that will be utilized in future designs. These items show up in the use of color, texture, hardware, and alternative materials; like plastic, metal, paint, glass, slate, color pencil, and leather.  This combination of classic and modern qualities creates a type of modern Art Deco Furniture.  The concepts behind each design balances between speculative and conceptual while emphasizing a high level of craftsmanship.  There are several key elements in my work; proportion, line, form and attention to detail.  Examples show up in the use of fine veneers, inlay, bent laminations, dentil molding and hand carved textures.  I enjoy pushing design and craftsmanship to their limits, and utilizing processes that push my abilities to their limits.  Finally I take pride in making furniture that is constructed with the correct types of joinery creating a very durable product that will last for 100 years.

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