Born in 1943 in Roanoke, VA, Barber commands a leading role in the arts management and consulting arena. She is an artist, as well as an arts administrator. The Heath Gallery in Atlanta exhibited her work for 25 years, allowing the local community to become acquainted with her work, especially during her solo exhibitions at the gallery. The High Museum of Art has also exhibited Barber’s work in the early 1980’s, also in a solo endeavor. Barber’s works are in numerous museums, private and corporate collections, including the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN; the High Museum of Art, Works on Paper, Atlanta, GA; AT&T, Bell South, Emory University Cannon Chapel and Marriot. After serving on the board of directors of the Hambidge Center in 1990, she served as executive director for 10 years. During that time, Judy Barber focused exclusively on creating the Hambidge Center residency program. The center grew from being relatively unknown to hosting artists from five continents in one year, and being funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Barber served on the board of the Alliance of Artists Communities for six years. She has been executive director of the LaGrange Art Museum, the Madison Morgan Cultural Center, the Serenbe Institute and the Sautee Nacoochee Center.