Barbara Bachtell is a Cleveland Heights-based artist who grew up in Hudson, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Albuquerque, New Mexico inspired by her artistically inclined family: her mother was an artist and writer, her great-uncle hand-lettered movie posters for Morgan Lithograph, and one brother is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker. She has incorporated both text elements and organic forms into her work for many years, and is also a published poet and writer. She was a curator for Slavic Village Development's Rooms to Let event, and an Ohio Arts Council Artist-in-Residence. She has shown her drawings and small sculptures around Ohio and in Wisconsin, most recently in group shows at MOCA, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Waterloo Arts and YARDS Projects. Her work is in local individual and corporate collections, including The Cleveland Clinic, the Dalad Group, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Jones Day.