Courtney Barr was born in Roanoke, Virginia and currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University in 2008. She is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Louisiana State University. She has worked in the professional graphic design studio environment and she strives to let that experience enrich her teaching. Her graphic design work reflects her special passion for information design and map-making. Courtney is an active member of AIGA | the professional organization for design, New Orleans Chapter.
Courtney Barr's area of research within the field of graphic design is information design, which allows for the layering and comparison of complex data. She is also a letterpress printmaker; the craft of letterpress printing provides a rich, tactile, one-of-a-kind surface that she often blends with computer-based digital printing. In her work she creates visual explanations that reveal new understandings and perspectives about human relationships, such as intricate genealogical connections. It is her goal to move beyond the scientific diagram in order to develop creative visualizations that cross the bridge between science and art.