Barbara Takenaga (born 1949 in North Platte, Nebraska) is an abstract artist known for her swirling dot paintings that resemble cosmic and cellular images. She is currently represented by the DC Moore gallery in new York and the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco. Takenaga attended the University of Colorado at boulder, where she received a bachelor's degree in 1972 and a master's degree in 1978. She has been the Mary A. and William Wirt Warren Professor of art at Williams College since 1985. Takenaga also briefly taught at theUniversity of Denver from 1982 to 1984.
She currently lives and works in both Williamstown, Massachusetts, and new York city, where her Studio is located.