Imaginary Prairie on view at Krannert Art Museum

March 1st, 2017

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From now through early July you can see Imaginary Prairie at the Krannert Art Museum. This is a triptych of etchings that I printed on muslin, quilted and stretched around a wood frame. It was made while I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois working towards my MFA in painting. This was my response to the black soil of the midwest, something that impressed me as a Floridian from a sandy soil.
It’s a very interesting show with objects drawn from all over, primarily from the archives.

Land Grant draws from libraries, archives, and collections across campus to propose an expanded field for considering the university—its founding and history, land use practices, and questions of indigeneity—all while assessing the current status of public higher education in the United States. Recognizing the ability of images to both legitimize and contest power, and experimenting with curatorial methods of evidence and inquiry, this exhibition takes stock of where we, as university students, stand today in relation to such questions.

Tarot deck on display at Michener Art Museum

February 28th, 2017

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From Feb 18-June 25, my first edition Mountain Dream Tarot deck will be shown in Light & Matter: The Photographic Object at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. This group show includes works by Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Sheeler, Berenice Abbot, Catherine Jansen among others that they have in their collection.

Seasonal Turns in show at the Ringling Library

February 27th, 2017

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It’s always a nice surprise to stumble upon my work being shown in teaching exhibitions. Here is Seasonal Turns being displayed in the Ringling Museum’s lovely library. This is an inexpensive boxed set of four offset accordion books addressing the four seasons using photographic sequences. You can still order it from my webstore. It is an earlier item so you will have to scroll down through the store items. It is second from last.

70s work moved to University of Washington collection

February 23rd, 2017

Many years ago the Whatcom Museum purchased three unique Kwik Print works of mine from Flamingo in the Dark. These have recently been transferred to the Henry Art Gallery collection at the University of Washington in Seattle.
BirdsnestBirdsnest, 1976
Dinnerplate landscapeDinnerplate Landscape, 1977
Bee in a Corner Bee in a Corner, 1978.

Place videos now online

December 15th, 2016

I’ve just posted 5 videos to Youtube: my version of American History using surnames photographed in cemeteries. The complete reading & images of the stones from the book PLACE can be experienced here:
If you want to sample each region individually, follow these links.


Inspired to own a copy? Follow this link to my store:

Dante enters Duke

December 12th, 2016

caseDante Enters Hell has now been added to the Special Collections Library at Duke University. Two of the nine copies are still available. Contact me at this site for more information if you are interested. Thanks!

Dante goes to Yale and Northwestern

November 19th, 2016

Copies of the deluxe limited edition Dante Enters Hell have now been acquired by the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Art Collection of the Northwestern University Library.

Dante enters 3 collections

October 31st, 2016

I am pleased to announce that DANTE ENTERS HELL has been acquired by three libraries in the last few days: The Lilly Library (Bloomington, Indiana); Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois), and Central Florida (Orlando, Florida).
Here are links to videos on YOUTUBE to give you a better idea of how the books look: and

Beauty is Truth: Images by Bea Nettles, Indiana University 10-27-16

October 25th, 2016

I hope to see several of you at my talk at 5PM in the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University in Bloomington this Thursday October 27th. I will be addressing the campus-wide theme “beauty”as it applies to my work and my thinking over the years, as well as showing a survey of work.

I will also be showcasing my most recent project DANTE ENTERS HELL, which is a plot summary (pun intended) of Dante’s Inferno written entirely in small photographs of people’s surnames that I have collected by visiting graveyards for the past several years.
You can see a few photographs of the open edition here:

Very soon more photographs of the deluxe edition will be posted. There is an edition of 9.

Landscape Pocket on view at Portland Museum of Art

October 1st, 2016

Landscape Pocket from 1969 was my first machine stitched photo-collage. It is currently the introductory piece in a show about photographic objects on view in the Portland Museum of Art in Oregon.

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