Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.
Barbara Lucile Maples (1912 – 1999) was born in Temple, Texas to Leslie Buford and Lucile Beatrice Hartrick Maples. She graduated from Temple High School in 1929 and continued her studies at Mary-Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1933. Six years later she received a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She taught in Temple and Fort Worth before joining the Dallas Independent School District where she taught elementary and secondary art from 1937 – 1964. In 1940, she began teaching children’s art classes at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts School, a post she maintained until 1954. In 1965, Maples was appointed Assistant Professor of Art Education and in 1974, Associate Professor of Crafts Design at Southern Methodist University where she continued teaching until her retirement in 1978.