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Brian Dettmer

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1993 – 97, Columbia College, Chicago B.A., Art and Design / Art History


Brian Dettmer, October 20, 2012 – January 5, 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA-GA)

Brian Dettmer, April 20 – May 28, 2012, University of Maribor Library, Gospejna ulica 10, Maribor, Slovenia

Brian Dettmer, Selected Works, February – March 2012, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, CA

Brian Dettmer, Textonomy, February – March, 2012, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, February – March, San Francisco, CA

Brian Dettmer, Paper Back, November 4 – 20, 2011, Packer Schopf, Chicago, IL

Brian Dettmer, Altered Books, May 19, 2011 – June 11, 2011, Kinz + Tillou, NY, NY

New Worlds to Conquer, November 20, 2010 – January 15, 2011, Saltworks, Atlanta, GA

Ex Libris, May 27 – July 31, 2010, MiTO Gallery, Barcelona, Spain,

New Mixed Media, September 1 – 30, 2009, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Adaptations, April 3 – May 9, 2009, Packer Schopf, Chicago, IL

Brian Dettmer, May 3 – June 14, 2008, Kinz, Tillou + Feigen, NY, NY

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, January 31 – March 8, 2008, MiTO Gallery, Barcelona, Spain,

Remixed Media, July 3 -– August 11, 2007, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Postoperative, February 2 – April 20, 2007, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL

Second Nature, November 30, 2006 – January 6, 2007, Art & Idea, NY, NY

Altered States- explorations in media modification, December 9, 2005 – January 14, 2006, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Book Work, Dissections and Excavations, November 21 – December 27, 2003, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL


Out of Print, 9/13/12 – 11/25/12, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

40 Under 40, 7/20/2012 – 2/3/2013, Smithsonian Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Beaten & Bound, 5/26/12 – 8/26/12, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Process & Perception, 1/19/12 – 2/29/12, Aurora University, Aurora, IL

Pulse Miami, 12/1/11 – 12/4/11, The Ice Palace Studios, Miami, FL

Aqua Art Miami, 11/30/11 – 12/4/11, Aqua Hotel, Miami, FL

Extreme Materials 2, 10/23/11-1/15/12, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Bookish, 9/25/11-1/15/12, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

S L O W Show, 9/23/11 – 10/14/11, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

BRP Paper, 9/8/11-10/16/11, Black Rat Projects, London, England

Modified Expression, 8/6/11 – 10/12/11, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

The (Un)framed Photograph, 7/6/11 – 9/10/11, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

Paperwork in 3D, 5/15/11 – 10/30/11, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

Old Souls (Reincarnated Objects), 5/6/11 – 6/25/11, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Movers and Shakers, 1/22/11– 3/19/11, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA

T_XT_RT, 01/13/11 – 02/22/11, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Book: A Contemporary View, 12/22/10 – 4/17/11, DCCA, Wilmington, DE

The Slice, 11/20/10 – 12/15/10, AA Gallery, London, England

Art on Paper 2010, 11/7/10 – 2/06/11, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

The Cutting Edge, 10/7/10 – 11/12/10, Valle Orti, Valencia, Spain

Skin, 6/10/10 – 9/26/10, Wellcome Collection London, England

Holland Paper Biennial, 6/06/10 – 9/12/10, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Netherlands

Open Book, 4/05/10 – 6/15/10, Eastern Michigan University Art Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI

Substitute Teacher, 3/05/10 – 5/16/10, The Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Beyond Words, 1/17/10 – 5/30/10, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Slash: Paper Under the Knife, 10/07/09 – 04/04/10, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

All American, 07/11/09 – 10/31/09, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

A Flood of Pictures, 06/19/09 – 08/01/09, Saltworks, Atlanta, GA

Deviate, 05/22/09 – 06/27/09, Schroeder Romero, New York, NY

Inappropriate Covers, 04/11/09 – 05/24/09, Brown University, Providence, RI

The Book Borrowers, 02/24/09 – 06/14/09, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

Cutters, 01/29/09 – 03/14/09, Hunter College, New York, NY

Bridge Berlin, International Art Fair, 10/30/08 – 11/02/08, w/ Toomey Tourell, Berlin, Germany

Banned & Recovered, 8/15/08 – 11/26/08, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

Domestica, 4/5/08 – 5/4/08, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

HereThereEverywhere, 1/19/08 – 4/6/08, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Urtopia, 8/09/07 – 09/02/07 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Another Story, 8/12/07 – 10/07/07 Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Singularity in the Communal Tide, 5/13/07 -715/07 Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ

Clarence Morgan, Nancy Blum, Brian Dettmer, 4/26/07 -06/02/07 Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Silk Road Oasis, 6/01/06 – 9/30/06 Chicago Tourism Center, Chicago, IL

Interregno, 4/27/06 Art & Idea, Mexico City, Mexico

Reconstructing the Mundane, 3/17/06 – 5/05/06, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Project Storm, Auction, 10/8/05 Mackey Gallery, Houston, TX

The 4th Book & Paper Arts Triennial, 7/15-8/27/05 Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Solution Show, 6/1/05 – 6/25/05 ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Think Small!, 3/20/05 – 7/31/05, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

Think Small!, curated-Robert Sill: 10/17/04 – 1/14/05 Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, Chicago, IL

Disparate Visuals, 2/14/094 -3/11/04 Northern Michigan Univ. Art Museum, Marquette, MI

New Vibrations,10/3/03 – 11/8/03 A & D Gallery, Chicago, IL

Politics as Usual, Group Show: 7/16/03 – 8/23/03 Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Zounds, curated- Jeremy Biles, 3/9/03 – 4/19/03, The Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, IL

Somewhat Small Works, 12/13/02 – 2/8/03, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Sound Canopy, Organized by The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Natural History, 5/02 – 6/02. Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Outfield, Group Show: 10/01 – 11/01, ATC Space, Chicago, IL

Men, 6/01 – 7/01, Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert, MI

Chicago Art Invitational, 5/01 – 6/01 Judith Racht Gallery Chicago, IL

Artists of the New Millennium, 8/00-10/00 Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL


2012 Hines, Nathan, “From Paper to Art,” Live Interactive English Magazine, January, 2012 (Reproductions)
2011 Allès, Chantal, Crazy Art, published 2011 (Reproductions)
Anne & Julien, “Brian Dettmer: Paper Break,” Hey!, No. 7, September, 2011 (Reproductions)
Carft, Lizzy, “Brian Dettmer,” Fantasy Art Magazine, July 26, 2011 (Reproductions)
Chiarella, Tom, “How It Ends,” Esquire, October 2011, (Reproduction)
Miller, Liz Harmon, “Portfolio: Brian Dettmer,” Demo Magazine, Fall/Winter, 2011, (Reproductions)
Thibedeau, Justin, “Unusual Mediums of Art,” All Plus Interactive, November, 2011, (Reproductions)
Benato, Max, “Artist turns old books into sculptures”, The Guardian, March 3, 2011 (Reproduction)
CBS, “Artist makes high-priced sculptures from old books,” CBS Evening News, May 15, 2011 (Video)
Chiarella, Tom, “How It Ends,” Esquire, October, 2011 (Reproduction)
Cullum, Jerry, “Brian Dettmer: Saltworks, Atlanta,” ARTnews, May, 2011 (Reproductions)
Feaster, Felícia, “Brian Dettmer”, Art Papers, January/ February, 2011 (Reproduction)
Gestalten, Book Arts, Iconic Sculptures and Installations made from Books, pub. 2011 (Repro.)
Habe-Evans, Mito, “Destroy Your Books”,, March 3, 2011 (Reproductions)
Hansell, Sally, “Brian Dettmer: New Worlds to Conquer”, FiberArts Magazine, Spring, 2011 (Repro.)
Koçan, Sebla, “ Açilin Ben Kitap Cerrahiyim”, Aktuel Magazine, March, 2011 (Reproductions)
Lark Books, Masters, Major Works by Leading Artists, Book Arts, published 2011 (Reproductions)
Miller, Liz Harmon, “Portfolio: Brian Dettmer,” Demo Magazine, Fall/Winter, 2011 (Reproductions)
Sanderson, Mark, “Literary Life”, The Telegraph, March 13, 2011
Stewart, Garrett, Bookwork, Medium to Object to Concept to Art, published 2011 (Reproductions)
Turner, Chris, “Brian Dettmer’s Carved Up Books”, ICON Magazine, January, 2011 (Reproduction)
Vanasco, Jeannie, “Postmodern Deconstruction”, The New Yorker, March 10, 2011 (Reproduction)
2010 Bonart Magazine, “Brian Dettmer, Mito Galeria d’Art Contemporani”, July, 2010 (Reproduction)
Bufill, Juan, “Brian Dettmer esculpe y excava libros enciclopédicos” La Vanguardia, June 28, 2010 (Reproduction)
Burton, Charlie, “Lit-crit’s knifeman”, Wired Magazine UK, May, 2010 (Reproductions)
Elk City – House of Tongues, Album Cover, 2010 (Reproductions)
Feaster, Felicia, “Text Messaging”, The Atlantan, Dec. 2010 (Reproductions)
Jacobus, Lee A., A World of Ideas, (book cover/image commission) 2010 (Reproduction)
Stewart, Garrett, “Bookwork as Demediation”, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 36 No. 3, Spring 2010 (Reproductions)
Swartz, Rose, Hayden’s Ferry Review Spring/Summer 2010 (Reproductions)
Thompson, Jason, Playing With Books, published 2010 (Reproductions)
Vejnoska, Jill, “Literary Expression”, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 2, 2010 (Reproductions)
Walker, Rob, “Hit Rewind”, The New York Times Magazine, April 25, 2010 (Reproduction)
2009 Baker, Kenneth, “Brian Dettmer turns books into sculptural pieces” San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 12, 2009
Black Dog Publishing, Paper Tear Fold Rip Crease Cut, published 2009 (Reproductions)
Cardman, Zena, “Excavations, and interview with Brian Dettmer “ Tract Magazine, May, 2009 (Reproductions)
Celdran, Helana, “Libro Viejo Busca Vida Nueva” Calle 20, February 2009, #35 (Reproduction)
Cronin, Jan. Drichel, Simone, Drichel (editors) Frameworks (book cover/image commission) 2009
Dahlgren, Jeff, “Brian Dettmer, Tracing the Untraceable”, Artvoices, Issue 21, 2009 (Reproductions)
Dewan, Shaila, “An Upstart Art Scene, on Atlanta’s West Side”, The New York Times, November 22, 2009
Edgar, Ray, “The fine art of cracking old spines”, The Age, August 21, 2009 (Reproduction)
Edwards, Natalie, “Review: Brian Dettmer/Packer Schopf Gallery” New City, April 13, 2009 (Reproduction)
Fox, Catherine, “Atlanta Artist Digs Old Books”, Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 3, 2009 (Reproduction)
Gestalten Publishers, Beyond Architecture, published 2009 (Reproductions)
Gestalten Publishers, Papercraft, published 2009 (Reproductions), “Brian Dettmer, Altered State of the Art”, released March 2009, video podcast interview
Lamster, Mark, “Brush with Greatness” ID Magazine, March, April, 2009
McFadden, David Revere, “Slash” Museum of Arts and Design Exhibition Catalog, 2009 (Reproductions)
Schillinger, Lisa, “Words Without Borders”, The New York Times, October 18, 2009 (Reproduction)
Upchurch, Michael, “An unsettling, yet remarkable, display of books”, Seattle Times, February 27, 2009
Ventura, Stella, “Brian Dettmer” Grab Magazine, November 2009 (Reproductions)
2008 Brown, Ellen Firsching “The Cut-Up Artist” Fine Books & Collections Magazine, May/June 2008 (Reproductions)
Chiara, Federico, “Books” Vogue Italia, March, 2008 (Reproductions)
Feaster, Felicia, “Speakeasy with Brian Dettmer” Creative Loafing, February 6, 2008
Feaster, Felicia, “Book Smarts” The Atlantan, December, 2008 (Reproductions)
Freeman-Zachery, Rice. “Artist Portfolio Brian Dettmer” Somerset Studio, July/August 2008 (Reproductions)
Gestalten Publishers “Fully Booked” Cover Art & Design for Books, published 2008 (Reproductions)
Greenburg, Gary “A Mind of its Own” Harper’s Magazine (image commission) June, 2008 (Reproduction)
Hawgood, Alex, T, The New York Times Style Magazine, (image commission) March 30, 2008 (Reproduction)
Hernandez, Noelia, “Nuevos libros viejos” La Vanguardia, February 13, 2008 (Reproduction)
Heuer, Renko, “Counter Movement to the Intangeable World” Lodown Magazine, July 2008 (Reproductions)
Kinkley, Jonathan, “You ought to be in pictures” Time Out Chicago, Issue 196, Nov.27-Dec.3, 2008
Landow, George, “Hors Livre” Modern Painters, November 2008, (Reproductions)
Millán, Alicia San, “Escultor de libros” Lamono Magazine, May 2008, Number 43 (Reproductions)
Northrop, Jillian and Toast, “Brian Dettmer” Hi Fructose Magazine, Vol.7, March 2008 (Reproductions)
Paul, Anne Murphy, “The First Ache” New York Times Magazine (Images for article), February 10, 2008
Vance, David Ray, Vitreous Poetry Book Cover, released Spring 2008 (Reproductions)
2007 Artner, Alan, “Art Reviews” Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2007
Faiwell, Sara, “Art of the Ordinary” Daily Herald, February 1, 2007 (Reproductions)
Genocchio, Benjamin, “Tougher Than the Rest” The New York Times, July, 1, 2007
Goddard, Peter, “Summer in the City of Dreams” Toronto Star, August 30, 2007 (Reproduction)
Leaverton, Michael, “Digging Into a Good Book” San Francisco Weekly, July 9, 2007
Martin, Stacy, “ReMixed Media” San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 25, 2007
Rosas, Blanca Gonzalez, “Maco 2007”, Proceso Magazine, May 6, 2007
Schechter, Fran, “Ideal Worlds”, Now Toronto Magazine, Aug. 30, 2007 (Reproduction) Tyson, Josh, “Spine Surgery” Time Out Chicago, March 29, 2007 (Reproduction)
2006 Baker, R.C. “Best in Show, Buzz-Worthy” Village Voice, December 21, 2006
Cain, Amina. “The Inner Light, Brian Dettmer: Visual Art DJ” CAC Newspaper, June 2006 (Reproductions)
Holland, Richard. “Bad at Sports Episode 19” Podcast review, January 8, 2006 Walworth, Catherine. “The Art Capades” San Antonio Current, April 5. 2006 (Reproduction)
2005 Camper, Fred. “Reading is Incidental” Chicago Reader, December 23, 2005, Sec 2, p. 24 (Reproduction)
Catania, Lance. (director, producer) Cup of My Blood, Movie, 2005 (Artwork in Scene)
Snyder, Jason. (editor) New Standards fiction journal anthology, 2005 (Reproductions )
2003 Biles, Jeremy. (curator) “Vulnerescence”, Exhibition Catalog, p. 1, 2003 (Reproduction)
Dutchover, Yvonne. “Holy Art” f NEWS, April, 2003
Gehring, Kristin. “Reading paper entrails” Chicago Journal, November 2003, p.1, Sec. 2 (Reproduction)
Iannacci, Elio. “Of Artists and Icons” UR Chicago Culture, April 15, 2003, p.31 (Reproduction)
Weins, Ann. “Vibrant Viewing” The Chicago Collection, Fall/Winter 2003, p. 62. (Reproduction)
2002 Lautman, Victoria. (radio DJ, critic) “848 radio show review”, WBEZ 91.5, May, 2002


2011 Award – MOCA GA Working Artists Project
Lecturer – Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
Lecturer – Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Lecturer and Juror – SCAD-Atlanta 4th Annual Artists’ Book Symposium, Atlanta, GA
2010 Lecturer- Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Lecturer/ Visiting Artist- University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2009 Workshop Instructor- Self Employments for the Arts Conference, Lisle, IL
Lecturer- Atlanta Pecha Kucha, Atlanta, GA
Lecturer- O’More College of Design, Franklin, TN
2008 Lecturer- Gadsden Public Library, Gadsden, AL
Award- Gadsden Annual Gala Award for achievement in the arts, Gadsden, AL
Lecturer- Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent, OH
2007 Lecturer- Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Workshop Instructor- Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
Lecturer- Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
Feature Artist- Illinois Art Education Association, Illinois
Lecturer- University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Lecturer- Harper College, Chicago, IL
2004-08 Lecturer- Columbia College Center for the Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL
2003 Juror- Columbia College, Hokin Honor Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2001 Award- First Place- Barking Dogma, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL


The Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL
John Buck Company, Chicago, IL
Collección DKV, Spain
Fundación Sorigué, Spain
Harper College, Palatine, IL
The High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Microsoft, U.S.A.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia