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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: Read Me. Like a Book. 30 Years of Dobbin Books
 
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)
  • International Print Center New York: Pulled in Brooklyn
  • Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts, Johannesburg, SA: opening exhibition
 
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, Artist Fellowship: Drawing/Printmaking/Artists’ Books category, 1995
            • United States Information Service, grant for American Artists’ Books, 1992
           

          US COLLECTIONS

           

          Agnes Gund Collection, NYC
          Allen Library, University of Washington, Seattle
          Arthur & Mata Jaffe Collection, Boca Raton, FL
          Art Institute of Chicago Library, IL
          Bainbridge Art Museum, Washington
          Baylor University, Central Library, Waco, Texas
          Boston Atheneum, MA
          Boston Public Library, MA
          Bowling Green State University, Ohio
          Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
          Brooklyn Museum of Arts Library, NYC
          Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
          California College of Art, CA
          Carlton College, Gould Library, MN
          Center for Book Arts Collection, NYC
          Cerritos Public Library, CA
          Chapman College, Orange, CA
          Cleveland Institute of Art, Gund Library, Ohio
          Columbia University, Butler Library & Avery Library, NYC
          Dartmouth College, Baker-Berry Library & Sherman Art Library, NH
          De Paul University, Chicago
          Drake University, Iowa
          Duke University Library, Durham, NC
          Emory University Woodruff Library, Atlanta, GA
          Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
          George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
          Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis
          Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
          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, Murray Library, Grantham, PA
          Metropolitan Museum of Art, Watson Library, NYC
          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
          Northwestern University Library, Illinois
          Oberlin College Special Collections, Ohio
          Ohio University, Athens
          Otis School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
          Penn State University, Pennsylvania
          Queens College Library, NYC 
          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, New York Public Library NYC
          SCAD Atlanta, GA
          Scripps College, CA
          St. Johns University, Minnesota
          St. Olaf College, Minnesota
          Stanford University, Green Library, Palo Alto CA
          Swarthmore College Library, PA
          Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA
          Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
          Toledo Art Museum, Ohio
          Tufts University, W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library, MA
          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 Georgia, Hargrett Library, Athens
          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, OK
          University of Utah, Marriott Library,  Salt Lake City, UT
          University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library, Burlington, VT
          University of Washington, Saint Louis, MI
          University of West Michigan Library, Kalamazoo
          Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabal Library, Richmond
          Wallace Library, Wheaton College
          Wellesley College Library, MA
          Wesleyan University Clapp Library, CT
          Wheaton College,  Wallace Library, Illinois
          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

           

          Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Weimar, Germany
          Bayerische Staatsbibiliothek, Munich, Germany
          Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt
          Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem, Australia
          Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris
          Bibliothéque Nationale de Luxembourg
          Biblitheque Universitaire BCU Lausanne, Switzerland
          Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Leipzig,
          Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum, Germany
          Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
          István Király Muzeum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary
          Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts, Wits Museum, Johannesburg, S. Africa
          Julia Vermes Collection, Basel, Switzerland
          Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek, Cologne, Germany
          Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
          Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
          Lyrik Kabinett, Munich, Germany
          McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
          Memorial University, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Newfoundland, Canada
          Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
          Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary
          Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
          Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
          Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland
          Museum Meermann Westreenianum, The Hague
          The Netherlands Nationale Bibliotheek, Koopman Collection, The Hague
          Nationalbibliotek, Vienna
          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: Founding Director of hand papermaking studio, since 1989
          Pratt Art Institute, NYC: Professor for “Art of the Book”, since 2002

          Pratt Art Institute, NYC: Coordinator for BOOK minor, since 2016
          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 Cum Laude in Art History, Program of Visual Arts

           

          NOT-FOR-PROFIT

           

          Trustee of the Board of The Ampersand Foundation, 1997 – 2017
          US 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