Barbara Rudlaff

Adjunct Visual Arts Instructor
BA Visual Arts
MFA in Painting from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO / BFA in Painting from University of Colorado, Boulder CO
BA Visual Arts
2D Design and Techniques / Introduction to Painting : Realism / Painter's Laboratory / Watercolor Painting / Drawing II / Contemplative Photography

Barbara Rudlaff is a representational painter and art instructor in Lafayette, Colorado. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art (Painting) from Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado and a painting BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
She has been a fine artist for over twenty years and has been a painting and drawing instructor for over ten years. She currently teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

She is originally from Michigan but spent most of her adolescence in England and Belgium.

She served as Chair of the Public Art Committee in Lafayette, Colorado, for six years and regularly volunteers for art organizations and festivals as well as Boulder County LGBTQ organizations. She believes art plays an important role in community identity and quality of life, so she dedicates her time and energy to make art accessible to everyone. In 2020 she painted a commissioned piece of art for the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority.

She has contributed artwork to fundraisers for the Boulder County AIDS project, Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter, the Fort Collins Art Museum and to the Kunming China Art Exchange through the Denver International Sister Cities Organization.

Barbara has won multiple art competitions and her work may be found in public and private collections in both the United States and Europe. Her website is

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