Since 1970, Bea Nettles has been producing unique and limited edition books. These books are found in major public and private collections. Many are out of print, but a few of these books are still available for purchase.
The exhibition career of Bea Nettles began in 1970 when her work was shown in "Photography Into Sculpture" at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Recognition as an experimental photographic artist followed as she was given a one-person show at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House and asked to be one of the original members of Light Gallery in NYC. Her work began to be shown internationally in prestigious museums and galleries in London, Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam, Tokyo and San Paulo. Her work has been featured in over two hundred exhibitions throughout the world.
Nettles' photographic work is featured in history texts including Art Since1940: Strategies of Being (Abrams) The History of Photography: An Overview (Focal Press), History of Women in Photography (Abbeville Press), Gallery of World Photography (DaiNippon), World History of Photography (Abbeville Press), Photographers Encyclopeaedia International (M Auer, Switzerland), and The Photography Collector's Guide (NY Graphic Society.)
Her work has been regularly reviewed in the media: The New York Times ,The Chicago Tribune, Art in America, Art Week, Saturday Review, Art News, American Photographer, Popular Photography, Modern Photography, and featured internationally in magazines in Italy and France.
Over 26 public collections contain her work including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Polaroid International Collection in Offenbach, Germany. Two of the most important collections devoted entirely to photography, the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona have works by Nettles.
She has received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships twice in her career. She teaches photography and book arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.