Nava Atlas

State University at New Paltz, Master of Arts in Art Studio, 2007
University of Michigan, B.F.A., 1977
School of Visual Art, NYC, year of study, 1975-76


2014     Concourse/Discourse Gallery, N. Adams, MA:
“Read Me: Artist’s Books, Altered Books, and Related Installations”

2010 – 2012 — Three-person traveling exhibit
“In Retrospect: Artist’s Books and Works on Paper by Maureen Cummins,
      Ann Lovett, and Nava Atlas”

Abcedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
Hope College, De Pree Gallery, Holland, MI
SUNY Ulster, Muroff-Kotler Gallery, Stone Ridge, NY
Lafayette College, Skillman Library Gallery, Easton, PA
Visual Studies Workshop, Siskind Gallery, Rochester, NY
Wells College, String Room Gallery, Aurora, NY
College of New Rochelle, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY

1985-1989 — Two-person traveling exhibit
“Nava Atlas and Chaim Tabak: The Radwaste and Stonehenge Books” 
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Carnegie Center for the Arts, Dodge City, KS
Washburn University, Mulvane Art Center, Topeka, KS
Pittsburg State University, University Gallery, Pittsburg, KS
Emporia State University, University Gallery, Emporia, KS
SUNY at New Paltz, College Art Gallery, New Paltz, NY
SUNY at Alfred, Nelson Fosdick Gallery, Alfred, NY
SUNY at Oswego, Tyler Art Gallery, Oswego, NY

1999     Mixed Media Galleries, New Paltz – “Map of the Interior”
1985     Arnold Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI – “Recent drawings”


Collins Library, University of Puget Sound, WA: “Changing the Conversation”
Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL: “Stories From My Childhood”

Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park, FL: “Common Ground: Selected Works from the
      Rollins Book Art Collection”

Crouch Fine Arts Library, Baylor University, Waco, TX: “Books of the Heart | Heart of the Books”
      (online exhibit featuring materials from the special collections)


Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA: “Open Sesame!
        (selections from the Cynthia Sears collection of artist’s books; catalog)     
Bridzle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, Ringling College of Art and Design,
      Sarasota, FL: “The Kitchen is Now Open”

Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY: “State Property”
The Animal Museum, Los Angeles, CA: “The Art of the Animal:
      14 Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat”

Flomenhaft Gallery, NYC “Earth SOS”
The University at Buffalo NY, Department of Art Gallery: “The Measure of All Things:
      Rethinking Humanism through Art”

23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR: “Book Power”
traveled to Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA)
Slusser Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: “Unintended Consequences”
Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD: “Reimagining Rosa Parks”

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC: “Art History: Redux”
Center for Book Arts, NYC: “From Bande Dessinée to Artist’s Book:
      Testing the Limits of Franco-Belgian Comics”
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY: “I Do” — an exhibit on marriage equality
Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Or: “Is This Freedom?”
New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM: “Post-Racial U.S.”
University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA: “Under the Wings of Artemis:
       The Crossroads of Scholarship and Art”
WOCA Projects, Fort Worth, TX: “A Seat at the Table:
      An Exploration Through Artist’s Books”

Center for Book Arts, New York, NY: “With Food in Mind”
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE –
      “The Book: A Contemporary View”
      (traveled to Towson University, Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson, MD)

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY – “Fit to Be Bound”  
La Tienda Exhibition Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – “Pages”
23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR – “Pop-Up Now!”
Duke University, Perkins Library Gallery, Durham, NC –
      “Book + Art: Artist’s Books from the Sallie Bingham Center”

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD – “Bookends: The Book as Art”
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY at New Paltz, NY –
         “Analog catalog: Investigating the Permanent Collection”

Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN – “Dog-Eared: Revealing the Content of Artist’s Books”
Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, VA – “Beyond Reading: Books as Art”
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL – “Are We There Yet? 40 Years of Feminism”
Victoria Arts Connection Gallery, Victoria, B.C., Pacific Festival of the Book
The Mohr Gallery, The Community School of Music and Art, Mountain View, CA –
      “Conceptually Bound”

Cal. State University, Univ. Art Gallery, Chico, CA – “Conceptually Bound”
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA – “Artist’s Books 2007”
Studio Place Arts, Barre VT – “Maps and Journeys”
Micromuseum, Brooklyn, NY – “Spectrum”
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY – “The Female Gaze”
Arts + Literature Laboratory, New Haven, CT – “Book in Hand”

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD –
      “Do Not Fold, Bend, Spindle, or Mutilate”
Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY – Invitational Exhibit

2005 and earlier
College Art Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, NY – “Recent Acquisitions”
Hand in Hand Galleries, NYC – “Book Arts”
Bowie State College, Bowie, MD – “Humor, Wit, and Whimsy”
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY – “Painted Surfaces”
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY – “Brooklyn Artists”


Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC
The Animal Museum, Los Angeles, CA
New York Public Library, Collection of Drawings and Prints, NYC
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Library and Archives, Bowie, MD
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC

ARTISTS’ BOOK COLLECTIONS: Museums & Public Collections

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Hunt Memorial Library, Boston, MA
Brooklyn Museum Library, Brooklyn, NY
Museum Meermanno, The Hague, Netherlands
Library of Congress, Rare Books Collection, Washington, DC
Miami-Dade Public Library, Special Collections
Museum of Modern Art Library, Collection of Artists’ Books, NYC
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Collection of Artists’ Books, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, Berg Collection, New York, NY
University Art Museum, SUNY at Albany, NY
Victoria and Albert Museum, National Arts Library, London, England

ARTISTS’ BOOK COLLECTIONS: Colleges, Universities, and Public Libraries

Amherst College, Robert Frost Library Collection of Artist’s Books, Amherst, MA / Baylor University, Crouch Library, Artist Book Collection, Waco, TX /Carleton College, Gould Library, Special Collections, Northfield, MN / Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library, Arts and Special Collections, Pittsburgh, PA / Duke University, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Durham, NC / Florida Atlantic University, Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, FL / Indiana University-Purdue University, Herron Art Library, Special Collections, Indianapolis, IN / Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN / Lafayette College, Lafayette College Libraries, Special Collections, Easton, PA / Miami-Dade Public Library, Special Collections, Miami, FL / Michigan State University, Michigan Libraries, Special Collections, East Lansing, MI / New York Public Library, Berg Collection, New York, NY / Oberlin College, Clarence Ward Art Library, Oberlin, OH / Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn, NY / Notre Dame University, Hesburg Library, Special Collections, Notre Dame, IN / Reed College Library, Special Collections, Portland, OR / Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library, Special Collections, Providence, RI / Ringling College of Art  & Design, Kimbrough Memorial Library, Artist’s Book Collection, Sarasota, FL / San Jose State University, King Library, Special Collections, San Jose, CA / Savannah College of Art and Design, Artist’s Book Collection, Savannah, GA  / School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection , Chicago, IL / Scripps College, Denison Library, Special Collections, Claremont, CA / Seattle University, Lemieux Library, Special Collections, Seattle, WA / Skidmore College, Scribner Library, Special Collections, Saratoga Springs, NY/ Smith College, Smith College Library, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Northampton, MA / Stanford University, Green Library, Special Collections, Palo Alto, CA / Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Special Collections, Swarthmore, PA /Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections, Lubbock, TX / University at Albany, University Museum, Albany, NY / University of California, Los Angeles, Arts Library, Los Angeles, CA / University of California, San Diego, Mandeville Collections, San Diego, CA / University of Cincinnati, Langsam Library, Special Collections, Cincinnati, OH / University of Connecticut, Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT  / University of Denver, Penrose Library, Special Collections, Denver, CO / University of Michigan, Art and Architecture Library, Ann Arbor, MI / University of Pennsylvania, Penn Library, Philadelphia, PA / University of Puget Sound, Collins Library, Artist Book Collection, Tacoma, WA / University of Miami, Richter Library, Special Collections, Miami, FL / University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections, Burlington, VT / University of Washington, University Libraries, Special Collections, Seattle, WA / Wesleyan University, Olin Library, Middletown, CT / Yale University Library, Arts of the Book Collection, New Haven, CT


A permanent archive of papers detailing my career in the arts and book arts (as well as an author of visual nonfiction and bestselling vegetarian and vegan cookbooks), is housed in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at Duke University.


“More than Art Books, the Books are the Art” by Tammy La Gorce,
         New York Times, Westchester Section, October 7, 2012
“Paper Tigresses” by Paul Smart, Ulster Publishing, November 11, 2010
“Fully Booked: In Retrospect at SUNY Ulster” by Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram magazine, December 2010
“Radwaste/ Stonehenge grace Tyler Gallery” by Jennifer Gibbs- Oswegonian, February 2, 1989
“Sculpted pages at SUNY Art Gallery” by Ross Pollock- Woodstock Times, September 1, 1988
“Books are Art with a Message” (Wichita Art Museum) by Nancy Pate, Wichita Eagle Beacon, April 7, 1985
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