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Self Scrutiny Mirror CardRobbin Ami Silverberg is an artist and founding director of Dobbin Mill, a hand-papermaking studio, and Dobbin Books, a collaborative artist book studio. Her artwork is divided between artist books and installations. The work conceptually focuses on word cognition and interlinearity, with an emphasis on process and paper as activated substrate.

 

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
  • Pratt Institute Library, New York City: Dobbin Books…30 Years Later
  • 2014
    • Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria: Reality is as thin as paper.
    2013
    • FUGA Galeria, Budapest: Memory Palace
    • Hungarian Jewish Archive, Budapest: Archive Installation/Intervention
    2011
    • Stadtbibliothek Reutlingen, Germany: Hand. Voice. Paper.
    2010
    • At Home Gallery, Samorin, Slovakia: Nothing Is, Until Uttered in a Clear Voice
    2009
    • Petöfi Irodalmi (Literature) Museum, Budapest, Hungary: Three-Minute Stories
    2008
    • Galerie Druck & Buch, Tübingen, Germany
    2007
    • Brooklyn Public Library Gallery: Women’s Work
    2006
    • Galerie N & n, Budapest: Home Sweet Home
    • Columbia College Gallery, Chicago: Politics In Paper
    2005
    • Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea
    2003
    • La Galería – Haus der Kunst, Guadelajara, Mexico
    2002
    • Western Michigan University Gallery, Kalamazoo
    2001
    • Center for Book Arts Gallery, NYC: Collaborations in South Africa
    2000
    • Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA: From Darkness into Light
    1999
    • University of Pennsylvania, Rosenwald Gallery: Look Books
    • Brooklyn Public Library Gallery: Look Books
    1998
    • HarperCollins Exhibition Space, NYC: Dobbin Books
    • Enciklopédia Kiadó, Budapest
    1997
    • The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Ontario,Canada
    • Le Chaufaud Musée, Percé, Québec: Une Percée
    • NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
    1996
    • Saint Peter’s Church, NYC: Solo installation
    1995
    • Prieto Gallery, Mills College, Oakland, CA: Dobbin Books
    1994
    • HarperCollins Exhibition Space, NYC: Dobbin Books
    • István Király Muzeum, Hungary
    • Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest: Solo Installation

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2019
    • Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley, CA: Book As Place: Visions of the Built Environment (Julie Chen, curator)
    • Mark Twain Library, Redding CT: Freed Formats: the book reconsidered, traveling exhibition (with catalog
    2018
    • NY Transit Museum, NYC: Navigating New York
    • International Print Center New York, NYC: Paper→Pulp Transformation
    • Center for Book Arts Gallery, NYC, Minneapolis & San Francisco: Freud on the Couch – Psyche in the Book (with catalog)
    2017
    • UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa: Booknesses, Artists’ Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection (authored an essay in the catalog)
    • Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN: In Honor of Dolph Smith
    • Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany: Galerie Druck & Buch exhibition
    2016
    • Grolier Club, NYC: Artists & Others: The Imaginative French Book, 2000-2015
    • University of Washington Special Collections, Seattle: Just One Look
    • Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria: Freud
    • Center for Book Arts Gallery, NYC: Sense(LESS): Perceptual Explorations
    2015
    • Smithsonian Museum of African Art, DC: Artist Books and Africa
    • Center for Book Arts Gallery, NY: Embraced: The International Community
    • Minnesota Center for the Book: The Contained Narrative
    2014
    • Center for Book Arts Gallery, NY: Behind the Personal Library: Collectors Creating the Canon
    • Museo della Carta a della Filligrana, Fabriano, Italy: Contemporary Watermarks
    • ARTSPACE, New Haven, CT: Connecticut (un)Bound
    • Pace University, NY & Casper College, Wyoming: Handmade/Homemade
    • Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria: Winterschlaf
    2013
    • Museum of Biblical Art, NYC: As Subject and Object
    • Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria: Wien Gebucht: Highlights der Buchkunst seit Dieter Roth.
    • King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesféhérvár, Hungary: 5th International Artists’ Book Exhibition Invitational.
    • Texas Woman’s University, Seductive Alchemy
    • John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK /and traveling show locations: An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street.
    2012
    • Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing: Diamond Leaves
    • Johannesburg Art Gallery, S. Africa: Coming of Age 21 Yrs of Artist Proof Studio
    • Projektraum des Deutschen Künstlerbundes Berlin, Germany: ‘Deutscher Künstlerbund’. ‘Blätterwald – oder die Quintessenz des Buches’.
    • Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC: Spectrum of Sexuality
    • Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana: Beaten & Bound
    • K-Salon, Berlin, Germany: Central Booking in Berlin
    • Musée de L’Imprimerie, Lyon, France: Quand les Livres S’Amusent
    2011
    • Bildungshaus St. Benedict, Seitenstetten, Austria: MOTHER (2 installations)
    • Art of the Book Gallery, Yale University, New Haven: The Book as Memorial
    • Central Booking, NYC: Mapping the Surface
    • Center for Book Arts Gallery, NYC: Multiplied, Limited, Unique (traveling show)
    • Vizivzrosi Galeria, Budapest: Julia Vermes’ Artist Book Collection
    • Catich Gallery, St. Ambroise University, Iowa: Social Commentaries
    • New Orleans Museum of Art, AL: Artists’ Books
    2010
    • Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC: You Are Here–The Psychogeography of the City
    • PapierWespe Gallery, Vienna, Viertelgalerie, Zwettl, & Paper Museum, Austria: 30 Books from 30 Artists.
    • Reyes & Davis Gallery, Washington, DC: Novel Abstractions
    • Chapman University Gallery, CA & La Forum Events Gallery, LA: The Page
    2009
    • 2B Gallery, Budapest: Oscillations
    • Greenpoint IBZ zone, NY: Brooklyn Makes (film projection on building)
    • Lehman College Gallery, NYC: Rare Editions – The Book as Art
    2008
    • Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Japan: “Your Documents Please”
    2007
    • Milwaukee Institute, Wisconsin: Sacred Text
    • Center for Book Arts, NY: Black & White & Read
    • Stadtmuzeum Deggendorf, Germany: Paper Road
    2006
    • King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesféhérvár, Hungary: 4th International Artists’ Book Exhibition
    • Kyoto Institute of Technology: Artist Books
    • Papier Muzeum, Steyrermuehl, Austria: Paper
    2005
    • Charite Medizinhistorische Museum, Berlin: The Missing Link
    • Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Beauty & the Book
    • Musée du Pays et Val de Charmey, Switzerland: Fifth International Paper Triennial
    • Center for Book Arts Gallery, NY: 30 Years of Innovation
    • Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC & Hungarian Cultural Institute, Berlin: Waldsee 1944
    • Korea: 2nd Seoul Internatl Book Arts exhibition
    2004
    • Korea: 1st Seoul Internatl Book Arts exhibition
    • Maryland Jewish Museum, Baltimore: Weaving Women’s Words
    • Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts: Open House
    • Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt: International Biennale
    • Haus der Kunst, La Galería, Guadelajara, Mexico:  Doce el doce del doce
    • 2B Gallery, Budapest: Waldsee 1944
    2003
    • Santa Maria Della Scala, Siena, Italy: Paper Road
    • 9th Wexford Artists’ Book Exhibition, Ireland
    • Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC: Word Works
    • Hebrew Union Museum, NY: The Art of Aging
    2002
    • Silicon Gallery, NY: Digital Books
    • Art On Paper Gallery, Johannesburg: trans’for-ma’tion
    2001
    • Hebrew Union College Museum, New York City: Living in the Moment
    • Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol, England: Tale of Two Cities
    2000
    • Johannesburg Civic Gallery, South Africa: After New York
    • Brooklyn Museum of Art: Working in Brooklyn – Artists Books

    SELECTED AWARDS

     

        European University Flensburg, Germany, Dept Art & Media: Artist Residency, Summer 2017
        Keynote Speaker for Booknesses colloquium, Johannesburg, South Africa, Spring 2017
        Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant 2015
        CBAA conference purchase award, Oakland, CA 2012
        American Embassy, Slovakia: Exhibition/Residency Grant 2010
        Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant 2010
        EWVIDCO, Northern Brooklyn: Emerging Business Award, 2009
        Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant, 2007
        First International Artist Book Competition, 2005, Seoul, Korea: Third Prize
        NY Foundation for the Arts, 1995 Artist Fellowship: Drawing/Printmaking/Artists’ Books category
        United States Information Service, grant for American Artists’ Books. 1992

     

    SELECTED COLLECTIONS

     

      US COLLECTIONS
      Agnes Gund Collection, NYC
      Allan Chasanoff Bookworks, NYC
      Allen Library, University of Washington, Seattle
      Arthur & Mata Jaffe Collection, Boca Raton, FL
      Art Institute of Chicago Library, IL
      Boston Atheneum, MA
      Boston Public Library, MA
      Brooklyn Museum of Arts Library, NYC
      Carlton College, MN
      Cerritos Public Library, CA
      Chapman College, Orange, CA
      Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio
      Columbia University, Butler Library, NYC
      Columbia University Avery Library, NYC
      Dartmouth College, Baker-Berry Library, NH
      Dartmouth College, Sherman Art Library, NH
      De Paul University, Chicago
      Drake University, Iowa
      Duke University Library, Durham, NC
      Emory University Woodruff Library, Atlanta, GA
      George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
      Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis
      Kansas State Univ. Hale Library, Manhattan, KS
      Lafayette College Library, Eaton, PA
      Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin
      Letterform Archive, San Francisco, CA
      Library of Congress, DC
      Long Island University Special Collections, NYC
      Massachusetts College of Art Library, Boston
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology Library, Boston, MA
      Messiah College, Grantham, PA
      Mills College, Oakland, CA
      Museum of Modern Art, Library, NYC
      National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
      Nevada Museum of Art, Center for Art & Environment, Reno
      Newark Public Library, New Jersey
      Oberlin College Special Collections, Ohio
      Ohio University, Athens
      Otis School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
      Rutgers University Library, New Brunswick, NJ
      Rhode Island School of Design Library, Providence
      Ringling College of Art, Florida
      Sackner Archive, Miami, Florida
      Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC
      St. Johns University, Minnesota
      St. Olaf College, Minnesota
      Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
      Swarthmore College Library, PA
      Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA
      Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
      Toledo Art Museum, Ohio
      UC Berkeley Environmental Design Library, CA
      UCLA Arts Library, Los Angeles
      UC Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, CA
      University of Delaware Library
      University of Denver, Penrose Library, CO
      University of Indiana, Bloomington
      University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
      University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor
      University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
      University of New Mexico Library, Albuquerque
      University of New Mexico, Valencia
      University of Oregon, Eugene
      University of PA, Annenberg Library, Philadelphia
      University of Pittsburgh, PA
      University of Tulsa
      University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
      University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library, Burlington, VT
      University of Washington, Saint Louis, MI
      University of West Michigan Library, Kalamazoo
      Wallace Library, Wheaton College
      Wellesley College Library, MA
      Wesleyan University Clapp Library, CT
      Whitney Museum Library, NYC
      Yale Art Gallery: Chasanoff Bookworks Collection, New Haven, CT
      Yale’s Beineke Library: American Literature, New Haven, CT
      Yale University, Art of the Book, New Haven

    INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIONS

    Bayerische Staatsbibiliothek, Munich, Germany
    Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt
    Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris
    Bibliothéque Nationale de Luxembourg
    Biblitheque Universitaire BCU Lausanne, Switzerland
    Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Leipzig,
    Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum, Germany
    István Király Muzeum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary
    Julia Vermes Collection, Basel, Switzerland
    Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek, Cologne, Germany
    Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
    Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
    McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
    Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary
    Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
    Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland
    Museum Meermann Westreenianum, The Hague, The Netherlands
    Offentliche Universität der Stadt Basel, Switzerland
    Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria
    Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, Germany
    Szabad Iskola, Mór, Hungary
    Technikon Natal Art Gallery, Durban, S. Africa
    Universitaetsbibliothek, Universitaet für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
    University of Alberta Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Van Abbe Museum, Eidhoven, The Netherlands

    SELECTED EMPLOYMENT

    Dobbin Mill, NYC: Director of hand papermaking studio, since 1989
    Pratt Art Institute, NYC: Associate Professor for “Art of the Book”, since 2002
    Center for Book Arts, NYC: Instructor for papermaking/artist books, 1986-1999
    Workshops and visiting artist seminars since 1986: in the US, South Africa, and Europe

    EDUCATION

    1981 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Sculpture
    1980 Princeton University: BA in Art History, Program of Visual Arts, Cum Laude

    NOT-FOR-PROFIT

    Trustee of the Board of the Ampersand Foundation, 1997 – 2017
    New York Representative of the Ampersand Foundation, since 2017
    Director of Alma-on-Dobbin since 2005
    Director for The Booklyn Artist Alliance, 2006 – 2017
    Director for the Center for Book Arts, NYC 2007 – 2017