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The Art of the Book - Nance O'Banion

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Nance O'Banion is internationally known for her work in textiles, papermaking, and book arts. For more than 30 years she has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Denmark, Japan, and Italy as well as group shows in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum Bellerive, Zurich; the Cleveland Art Museum; the London Institute; the Getty Center, Los Angeles; the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts, Belgium; the Haderslev Museum, Denmark; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Kaho-Machi Museum, Iizuka, Japan; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Oakland Museum of California; the Seattle Art Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; and numerous others. Nance has also received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

For more than a decade Nance's work has focused primarily on dreams and daydreams in a range of formats, from intimate, drawn or painted wood tablets to carved doors, unique and limited-edition books, and large sculptures. For Nance, the role of storyteller has become more important over the years, whether through images, text, or a combination of the two, conveying meanings that allow room for individual interpretation. Nance says of her book Domestic Science: Pop-Up Icons and Idioms (Flying Fish Press, 1990): "Simple images and objects of everyday life, when combined, can become colorful metaphors for psychosocial conditions when viewed through the reader's personal experience."

Biography:
Nance O'Banion received her Masters of Art from the University of California in Berkeley. She is recognized internationally since the l970's for her innovative work in textiles, papermaking and book arts. Her works are included in major museum collections in Europe, Japan, Canada and the US including the Getty Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Along with her work as an artist, she is also a professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts since l974 and has taught courses and workshops in the US, Europe and Canada. Her courses, like her art, reflect a multi-media, interdisciplinary, often collaborative approach to art, as well as her deep interest in dreams and daydreams.
Résumé:
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005 “Nance O’Banion: In Situ,” Cagnano, Italy

“Nance O’Banion: In Situ,” Cagnano, Italy

2003

2001 “Breaking the Surface: Telling Stories,” JFK University Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

l998 "Day Dreams from the Heart," Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1991 "Day Dreams in 3-D", The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco CA

1989 “Nance O’Banion”, Monterey Art Museum, Monterey CA

1988 "Actual Size", The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco CA

1986 "Science in Action", B. Z. Wagman Gallery, St. Louis MO

1985 "Windows, Curtains, Maps, and Rocks", Kauffman Gallery, Houston TX

1984 “Nance O’Banion: In Situ”, Hestkobgard, Birkerod, Denmark

1983 “Nance O’Banion,”Gallery Coco, Kyoto, Japan

1982 “Nance O’Banion”,The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco CA

1981 Bank of America World Headquarters Gallery, San Francisco CA

The Following Sea Gallery, Honolulu HI

1980 "Disappearance/Appearance", The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco CA

1979 Fiberworks Center for the Textile Arts, Berkeley CA

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED (limited and unlimited editions)
2012 O’Banion, Nance and Casey Gardner, HereSay, Permanent Press and Set In Motion Press, Oakland/Berkeley, CA 2011
O’Banion, Nance, Practical Cheirosophy: The Science of the Hand, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
2011 O’Banion, Nance, Telling Deck, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
2010 O’Banion, Nance, Talking Deck, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA

O’Banion, Nance, ExVoto Deck, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
2009 O’Banion, Nance, Daydream Deck, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
2008 O’Banion, Nance, Daydream Deck, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
2008 O’Banion, Nance, 20,000 Words, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, A Little of What You Fancy, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, Above and Below, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, Comparative Literature, Permanent Press, Oakland,CA
O’Banion, Nance, Daydream Dialogues: Book One, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, Daydream Dialogues: Book Two, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, Roberts’ Rules of Order: Art Rules of Order, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, Selections from the Tablet Project, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, Synonymy, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
2007 O’Banion, Nance, Tablet Project, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA
O’Banion, Nance, Day Dream Deck, Permanent Press, Oakland, CA

1993 O'Banion, Nance, Correspondence Course, Flying Fish Press, Berkeley CA
1990 O'Banion, Nance, Domestic Science: Pop-up Icons and Idioms, Flying Fish Press, Berkeley, CA

DUETS AND COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS
2012 “2 Here: Nance O’Banion and Casey Gardner” Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

l994 "Lines of Correspondence: Angelita Surmon and Nance O’Banion", Hoffman Gallery, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR

l993 "Handwriting: Thomas Wojak and Nance O'Banion", California Craft Museum, San Francisco, CA

l990 "Two-Sided Ricochet: Angelita Surmon and Nance O'Banion", Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio, TX

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected listings)
2012 “Without Boundaries” Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
“Left to Chance: Accidental Book Art” San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
“Faculty Exhibition”, Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA
2011 “The Museum of Magical Thinking,” Carville Annex, San Francisco, CA

“The Art of the Book,” Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
“Memory Lane,” Searles School, Great Barrington, MA
“Domesticity,” PlaySpace, CCA, San Francisco, CA
“Faculty Exhibition,” Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA
“Craft Forward,” Nave, CCA, San Francisco, CA

2010 “Bay Area Women Artists,” O’Hanlon Arts Center, Mill Valley, CA
“ Art of the Book,” Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
“Faculty Exhibition,” Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA

2009 “Recycle,” O’Hanlon Art Center, Mill Valley, CA
“Art of the Book,” Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
“ArtRead,” Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA
“Faculty Exhibition,” Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA

2008 “The Art of the Book”, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
“Faculty Exhibition,” Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA

2007 “The Art of the Book”, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
“Spirit of the Dream”, Schultz Gallery, Sonoma State University, Cotati, CA
“Dream Books”, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
“100 Years of Artists Teaching Artists”, Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA

2006 “Ex Libris”, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
“Road works: Steamroller Prints, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
“Bay Area Legacy”, Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA
“On Making”, Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2005 “New Works”, Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
“Dreams”, International Association for the Study of Dreams, Berkeley, CA

2004 “Roadworks”: Steam Roller Prints, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
“Building”, Works, San Jose, CA
“New Works” Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
“Scents of Purpose: Artists Interpret the Spice Box,” Jewish Contemporary Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Artists Books,” The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2003 “The Art of the Book,” Scripps College, Claremont, CA
“Book Works of Flying Fish Press,” Swarthmore College, PA
“Faculty New Works,” California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
“Book Mark,” Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Institute, Berkeley, CA
“Print Show,” Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

2003 ` “Haystack Faculty,” Haystack School, Deer Isle, ME
“Haystack,” Blue Herron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
“Dream Art,” part of the International Conference of the Association for the Study of Dreams, Berkeley, CA

2002 “Postcards as Works of Art,” Art Works, San Raphael, CA
“The Art of Flying Fish Press,” University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
“Add/Drop,” CCAC, Oakland, CA

2001 “Underfoot,” Dan Galleria, Sao Paulo, Brazil (will travel in Brazil through 2002)
“Reading the Cards,” San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
“Book As Object As Book,” Florida Atlantic University Art Museum, Miami, FL
“Add/Drop”, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA

2000 “Making Change,” Jewish Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Contemporary Fiber and Art to Wear,” De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
“A Good Read,” Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA

1999 “The Art of the Book,” University Art Gallery, CSU, Hayward, CA
“Up a Tree,” Strybing Arboretum and Museum of San Francisco Folk and Craft Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Hypnoponia”, International Association for the Study of Dreams, University of California Art Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
“Add/Drop” Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA

l998 "Out West: The Artist's Book in California", Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
“Out West: The Artist’s Book in California”, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
“Add/Drop,” Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA

1997 "25 Years of Book Arts at CCAC," San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
"The Fabric: 150 Years of Northern Californian Fiber Art History" San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
"Exquisite Horse", University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, Madison, WI

l996 "Fiberarts” Cultural Centrum Museum, St. Truiden, Belgium
"The Paper Path", Haderslev Museum, Jutland, Denmark
"The Paper Path", also traveled to Gallery Rasmus and Gallery Deco, Denmark
"Water" Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisc.
"Re-In carnation", Oakland Museum, Calif

l995 "The Paper Path", The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark (travel throughout Europe for 1 year at various museums)

l994 "The Chair ", Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
"Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection", Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Harbor, CA (exhibition opened in l993 at the Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, OH and will travel to Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art in l995)

1993 "Fiber Arts", Alden Biesen Museum, Bilzen, Belgium
"Hybridization: Contemporary Northern California Crafts 1975-present", Oliver Art Center, Oakland CA
"A Poet, the Artists and their Books", The Scarlet Gallery, Cambria CA
"State of the Art Contemporary Fiber", Loveland Museum, Loveland CO
"Directions in Bay Area Printmaking: 3 Decades", Palo Alto Cultural Museum, Palo Alto CA
"Boxes", Palo Alto Cultural Museum, Palo Alto CA

1992 "Renaissance of Paper: Bridging the Gap", Kaho-Machi Museum, Kyushu, Japan
"Works on Paper: the Craft Artist as Draftsman", Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington DC
"Craft Today USA", Zappeion Museum, Athens, Greece [also Slovak National Museum, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia; Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany; Sala Sant Jaume de la Fundacio, Barcelona, Spain]
"Studio Craft Collection of George and Dorothy Saxe", Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, OH
"Contemporary Crafts", Renwick Gallery, Washington DC
"Directions in Bay Area Printmaking, Palo Alto Cultural Center Museum, Palo Alto CA
"Interlaced: Vessels, Shelters and Planes", Textile Art International, Minneapolis MN

1991 "Eleven at 1111", Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
"Unconventional Pile by Contemporary Artists", Textile Arts International, Minneapolis MN
"Exploring Paper", California Craft Museum, San Francisco CA "Book Arts", Print Museum, San Francisco CA
"Mythical Figures and Fantastic Facades: O'Banion and Winter", San Francisco Folk and Craft Museum, San Francisco, CA

1990 "Oakland's Artists", Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
"Building a Permanent Collection", American Craft Museum, New York NY
"From Tapestry to Vessel", Palo Alto Cultural Center Museum, Palo Alto CA
1990 "Fiber Directions: West Coast", Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland OR "Fine Art: Seagate", High Museum, Atlanta Ga
"Baskets and Beyond", California Craft Museum, San Francisco CA
"The Vessel: Studies in Form and Media", Craft and Folk Museum, Los Angeles CA

1989 "Craft Today USA", Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris France (traveled to museums in Europe for two years)

1987 "Collections of the '80s", St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis MO
"Interlacing", American Craft Museum, New York NY (traveled to US museums for two years)
"New Acquisitions", Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland OH
"Art Is", Santa Cruz Art Museum, Santa Cruz CA
"New Textiles", Sierra Nevada Museum Of Art, Reno NV
"Present Perspectives: 1975-1985/a Survey of California Woman Artists", Fresno Art Museum, Fresno CA
"New Spirit", Joann Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale AZ

1986 "Craft Today": Poetry of the Physical", American Craft Museum, New York NY
"Internationale Biennale der Papierkunst: Handgeschopftes", Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany
"Postscriptum Fibre Books", Studio E Gallery, Rome, Italy
"Paper Now: Bent, Folded, and Manipulated", Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland OH
"Paperworks: Seven Perspectives", Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa FL "Fiber Individualists", Wustum Museum, Racine WI
"Structural Metaphor: Sacred and Mundane", Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse NY
"Paper", California Craft Museum, San Francisco CA

1985 "Architextures '85", Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
"Recent Twentieth Century Acquisitions", Oakland Museum, Oakland CA

1984 " New Directions in the New Decorative", University of Missouri Art Museum, St. Louis MO
"Paper Matter: International Exhibition of Contemporary Paper Art Works", Langage Plus Gallery, Quebec City, Canada
"National Handmade Paperworks Invitational", Cowles Museum, Spokane WA
"Skidmore Invitational 1984", Skidmore College Art Museum, Saratoga Springs NY

1983 "Paper", Musee des Arts Decoratifs de la Ville Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
"On and Off the Wall: Shaped and Colored", Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
1983 "Papier: un Nouveau Langage Artistique", Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
"Paper and Fiber: US and Canada", Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Canada

1982 "Airborne: Suspended Sculptures by California Artists", San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco CA
"Making Paper", American Craft Museum, New York, NY (also traveled to Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland OH; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus OH; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ; Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville SC; Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville AL)

1981 "The Art Fabric: Mainstream", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA [traveled to Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul MN; Portland Museum, Portland OR; Springfield Museum of Fine Art, Springfield MA]

1980 "Illusive Structure: O'Banion, Cook, Boguch", Fresno Art Museum, Fresno CA

1979 "Bay Area Artists", Oakland Museum, Oakland CA

1978 "Three Artists Working on Paper", California State University Art Gallery, Chico CA
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1977 "Paper Art", Lang Art Museum, Scripps College, Claremont CA

1976 "Fiberworks '76", Transamerica Gallery, San Francisco CA
"Works on Paper", Merz Gallery, San Jose CA
"Centennial Arts", Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto CA

AWARDS & HONORS
1990 Juror, California Arts Council Fellowship
1988-89 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for the Visual Arts (major grant)
1988 Juror, "Young Americans 1988", American Craft Museum, New York NY
1988 Skaggs Fellowship
1986 Juror, National Endowment for the Arts Regionals
1982-83 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Program Fellowship
1979 National Endowment for the Arts Artist in Residence, Fiberworks Center for the Textile Arts, Berkeley CA
1975 Arthur Jacobsen Memorial Award for Excellence in the Arts
Designer Craftsman Award, Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA
1973 Designer Craftsman Award, Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (partial list)
American Craft Museum, New York NY
Arizona State University
Bellerive Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
Brown University
California State University, East Bay
Cerritos Public Library, Cerritos, CA
City of Palo Alto CA
City and County of San Francisco CA
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland OH
County of Los Angeles
Duke University
Library of Congress
London Institute, London, England
Getty Museum, Los Angeles CA
Ghent Museum, Ghent, Belgium
Haderslev Museum, Jutland, Denmark
Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Kaho-Machi Museum, Kyushu, Japan
Michigan State University
Mills College, Oakland CA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Museum, Minneapolis MN
New York Public Library
Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
Ohio University
Otis College of Art and Design
Phoenix Public Library
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
San Francisco Museums, San Francisco, CA
San Jose State University, CA
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA
Temple University
Texas Technical University
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
University of the Arts, Philadelphia
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Delaware
University of New Mexico
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Georgia Art Museum, Athens GA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University, St.Louis, MO
Yale University, New Haven CT

PUBLICATIONS (selected)
2005 Smith, Keith, Structure of the Visual Book, Keith Smith Books, NY Pg. 150-151
2002 The Art of Flying Fish Press, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
2001-7 Who’s Who in American Art, New York (included since l987)
l998 Santiago, Chiori, " Water Dreams," The Museum of California, Oakland Museum, CA
Hiebert, Helen, Papermaking With Plants, Storey Books, Pownal, VT

CURRENT COLLABORATIONS
Casey Gardner, Berkeley, CA
Angelita Surmon, Portland, OR
Chris Rolik, Emeryville, CA

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
College Book Arts Association: Local and National
International Association for the Study of Dreams
Pacific Center for the Book Arts Association

GALLERY AFFILIATION
Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

EDUCATION and PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
Bachelors and Masters, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Professor and Chair, Printmaking, California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco, CA (teaching since l974, Chair since 2001)

Statement:
Nance O’Banion: On Collaboration I believe in magic of all kinds and magic definitely lives in the acts of collaboration. There is an obvious important style of exchange that involves people, which is always special in different ways; but there are also the type that works in cahoots with materials, processes, or time and space. Every approach is amazing to me and has always been a great source of simultaneous challenge, sometimes difficulty, and pleasure. Over the years, I have been a part of many duets and each one is unique with its own set of boundaries and limitations. The result of this work together is that I often discover a good deal about my collaborator as well as myself. It is magical how knowledge is revealed through experiences in a myriad of ways. This current collaboration with Casey Gardner has been so multi-faceted it is hard to describe. We are also still in the middle of it which makes perspective much more difficult. Conceptually, Casey and I have been very fluid with each other: each one of us creating energy in the other like a good cup of coffee. It has been wonderful to be in a dialogue with her wit, words, ideas, and skills. Materially, we both must confess that we have been tested by time and process, but collaborations are always about testing. Working on “2 Here: Gardner+O’Banion” at the Seager Gray Gallery has been another kind of collaboration with space as well as with individuals. Right away in our conversations with Donna and Suzanne, we all wanted to create something that had energy, was playful, and provocative. Hopefully we’ve done just that.

August 2012
 
 

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