Hanging out with Rembrandt

March 3rd, 2012

My work appears paired with Rembrandt in the 12th edition of Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice. Pretty cool! This piece is now at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.http://www.phillipscollection.org/willo/w/size3/2007.003.0001w.jpg

You can find the book various places online.

“String of Hearts” Exhibition and Lecture at Akron Museum of Art

March 2nd, 2012

I will be delivering a lecture about this show on April 12 at 6:30.

From the Press Release:

String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea Nettles
On View March 10 – July 8, 2012
Akron, Ohio, February 13, 2012 –It is said that the most personal artwork becomes universal. Often depicting the artist’s intimate family life, the photographs of Bea Nettles also speak to broader ideas of motherhood, teaching and what it means to be an artist.
Featuring works from her most seminal series of photographs, String of Hearts, on view March 10 – July 8, spans nearly thirty years of the artist’s significant career.
“Once I had my first child,” Nettles states, “I was connected to history.” It is her exploration of parental responsibility and inventive use of autobiographical images that are the focus of this exhibition in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery at the Akron Art Museum.
While Nettles is celebrated for her metaphoric views of domesticity, it is her experimental processes that animate her themes. She is among a group of pioneering artists who in the late 1960s and early 70s began inventing alternative photographic techniques to explore aspects of their emotional life in a symbolic rather than documentary manner.
A leader of the handwork movement, Nettles augments her photographs with applied color, stitching, textiles and text. She is also known for her bookmaking. Through teaching and numerous publications including Breaking the Rules: A Photo Media Cookbook in 1977, Nettles’s innovative use of photographic imagery and processes have influenced generations of photographers.

Paradiso on display in San Francisco

February 28th, 2012

You can still see my book Paradiso in a wonderful exhibition of artists’ books by members of the College Book Art Association at the San Francisco Public Library.

paradiso.jpg The show comes down the second week of March.

Pocket Accordion workshop at Jaffe Center: Feb 11, 2012

February 11th, 2012

A full classroom of participants finished their pocket accordion books made with upcycled materials this Saturday February 11th at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. For several students this was their first bookbinding class EVER..so the results were really exciting for everyone.

Ringling College of Art & Design adds several book to their library.

February 7th, 2012

ringling-2.jpgringling3.jpgringling1.jpgBefore the lecture I gave today at the Ringling College, the library purchased several of my artists book including Maine Moss, Viale Passerini, and Fate Being & Necessity. You can see other titles of mine there as well.

Florida State University and University of Central Florida libraries acquire Stonecipher.

February 1st, 2012

I am very pleased that two Florida university libraries have purchased my latest book for their collections. One copy remains in the edition. Stonecipher is a boxed set with each season bound in a separate book which can be hung on the wall for display purposes. These poems were created with the last names on gravestones that are nouns, verbs and adjectives photographed within thirty minutes of my home.

Public lecture Feb 7 at Ringling School of Art

January 26th, 2012

Those of you in range of Sarastota are welcome to attend a public lecture I will be giving in the Cooley Photography Center (building #9) in the first floor studio. The time will be from 11:15 to 12:30. February 7th.

“Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community.”

January 26th, 2012

Several of my prints from Close to Home are showing now in Los Angeles at the The USC Fisher Museum of Art
and the USC Roski School of Fine Arts
“Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community”

A Pacific Standard Time exhibtion.
Details at their website:http://fisher.usc.edu/exhibitions/sight_specific_lacps_and_the_politics_of_community.html

Workshop and lecture at the Jaffe Center in Boca Raton.

January 19th, 2012

On Thursday February 9th at 4:30, I will deliver a lecture “Memory Theatres: The Books of Bea Nettles” at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. There will also be a workshop the following Saturday where participants will make pocket accordions with hardbound covers using upcycled materials. More information can be found at their website:

Upcoming Lecture at SCAD, Savannah

January 17th, 2012

This Thursday night at 7, I will be giving a lecture and book signing at SCAD’s art museum auditorium. I hope some of you in the area can stop by!

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