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Buzz Spector


1978MFA, Committee on Art and Design, University of Chicago
1972BA, Art, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale


2013Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, College Art Association
2005New York State Council for the Arts Fellowship
1991Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Arts
1988Visual Artist's Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council
1985Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Arts
1982Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Arts

Selected Solo or Two Person Exhibitions

2014“Buzz Spector: About the Author/New Collages”, Marsha Mateyka Gallery
2013“Walter Gropius Master Artist Series:Buzz Spector”, Huntington Museum of Art,Huntington, WVA
2012“Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf”, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2011Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
“The Book: a contemporary view”, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
2009“Test / Messages: books by artists”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2008Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
2007“Cornell Humanities Book Art Project”, AAP NYC Center, Cornell University, New York, NY
2004"Re:Reading", Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
2003"Pos(e)itioning the Author", Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
2002Hartell Gallery, Sibley Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
"Buzz Spector", Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
"Some Readings", Wayne State University Art Gallery, Detroit, MI
2001"Public/Private Peace", Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
"My Fiction", Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
"Rivers and Mountains", Cecile R.Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St.Louis,MO
Christenrose Gallery, New York, NY
2000"Thinking About Time: Buzz Spector and Manabu Yamanaka", UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO
"The Artist and his Books", Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
1999Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Dynamite Gallery Project, Grand Rapids, MI
"Authors & Thinkers", University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Betty Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
1998Beautiful Scenes: Selections from the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
"Authors: New Work by Buzz Spector", Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington,DC
1997Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996" Painting " Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
1995"Unpacking my Library", Cleveland Contemporary for Art, Cleveland, OH
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1994"Unpacking my Library", San Diego State University Art Gallery (installation for "inSITE94")
Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1993Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
Art Gallery, University of Texas-San Antonio
1992"Bibliography", Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  (installation for "LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition")
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991"Cold Fashioned Room", The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (installation)
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990"Transgressions: Donald Lipski and Buzz Spector", Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
"Red Sea", Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica (installation)
1989Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1988"The Library of Babel", The Art Institute of Chicago (installation)
Field Gallery of Contemporary Art, Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Double Readings", Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago (installation)
1986Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
1984Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles
1982Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
1981Carol Shapiro Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1979Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
1978Midway Studios, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1975The Art School, Carrboro, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2005“Several Artists Consider BOOKS”, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, New York, NY
2004New commissions, Grand Opening Celebration, The New Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
2003"Newer Genres:Twenty Years of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios",
    Rutgers University, Zimmerdli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
"Publishing Granary's Books: A Conversation in the Margins", Mandeville Special
    Collections Library, University of California, San Diego
"The Consistency of Shadows: Exhibition Catalogs as Autonomous Works of Art"
    Betty Rhymer Gallery, School of Art Institute of Chicago
"Building the Book: an exhibition of artists' books", Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
"Re/order", Houghton House Gallery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
2002"Life Death Love Hate Pleasure Pain: Selections from the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Chicago, Collection", Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
"AOP 2002: The 37th Art on Paper Exhibition", Weatherspoon Art Museum,
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"Fine and Folk" the Ruth and Robert Vogele Gift", Milwaukee Art Museum
"Visually Speaking", Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
"Artists' Books: Highlights from the Kohler Art Library", Department of Special
Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2001"Libri fotografici", La Cuba d'Oro, Assoicazione Culturale, Rome, Italy
"A Private Reading: The Book as Image & Object", Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY
"The Library as a Picture of the World", Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
2000"In my Library: Carol Emmons, Buzz Spector, and Karen Wirth", NML Gallery,
    Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
"20 x 24 Polaroids", Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
"Out of Line: drawings by Illinois artists", Chicago Cultural Center
"Blink: Interventions in the Salon", Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, Chicago
1999"Bookish", Chicago Cultural Center
"The Art of Reading: Books and Non-Books," Institute of Contemporary Art at
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
"Disorienting Signs", Leonora Vega Gallery, NYC
"The Other Book", Art Gallery, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
"The Art of the Book", Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA
"HYPERsalon: prints and multiples", Emerson Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
1998"Artists' Books Before 1980: Selections from the Collection", Museum of
Contemporary Art, Chicago
"Chicago Hip", Rocket Gallery, London, England
"Testo e Contesto: il libro-ambiente", Accademia d'Ungheria, Palazzo Falconieri, Rome, Italy (installation)
"Word Perfect", Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Legible Forms: Contemporary Sculptural Books", The International Sculpture Center
"The Book Transformed",, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1997"Bound & Unbound", Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
"Unbound: art in Bookform/book as artform", Herron Gallery, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN
"Fifteen Visions of Book Art", University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor,
"About Face", Transamerica Pyramid Lobby Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996"Lineations", Revolution: A Gallery Project, Ferndale, MI
"Art in Chicago: 1945-1995", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
"From Cover to Cover: Transformations of the Book", Gallery 181, Iowa State
University School of Art and Design, Ames, Iowa
"History Lessons: Tom Czarnopys, Susanne Doremus, Jim Lutes and Buzz
Spector", Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
"25 Years of Contemporary Art at the Institute", Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
"Large Drawings and Objects", Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK
1995"Pasted Papers: Collage in the 20th Century", Louis Stern Art Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
"On Beyond the Book", Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
"Biblio-Vertigo",, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL (collaboration with Lisa Nichols)
"Portraits", Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"The International Library", Center for Book Arts, New York (collaboration with Helmut Lohr)
1994"Romance",, Williamson Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA
"Obsession and the Artist's Book", Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies
"Transtextualism" Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
"Serial", Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Wunderkammer",, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"The Book as art", Edith Lambert Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
"Desire in Time, Time as Intimacy", University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Museum
"BLDG", Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Whittier CA (collaboration with Charles LaBelle)
"Psychic Borders", Tyler Galleries of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1993"Books as Objects", Comus Gallery, Portland, OR
"Like a Body Without a Shadow",, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
"Beyond the Written Word", San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA (installation)
"Building the Contemporary Book", Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis
"Object Bodies", curated by Terry R. Myers, Emison Art Center, Depauw University, Greencastle, IN
"Artists' Books & Art About Books", Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC
"Fusion '93: The Artist's Role in Rebuilding L.A.", Pauline Hirsh Gallery, Jewish
Federation Council, Los Angeles
"The Eidetic Image: Contemporary Works on Paper", Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign
"Beyond the Book: Contemporary Directions", Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Pomona, CA
"...A Loose Form of Narrative...", Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1992"Imperfect Order", Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
"IN-FORMATion", Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
"Under Cover: The Book Becomes Art,", Scottsdale Center for the Arts, AZ
"Library", Granary Books Gallery, New York
"The Object is Bound', Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Knowledge: Aspects of Conceptual art," University Art Museum, University of
    California-Santa Barbara. Traveled to: Santa Monica Museum of art,
    Santa Monica, CA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
1991"California Artists' Books," The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
"Boundless Vision: Contemporary Bookworks," San Antonia Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
"The Lick of the Eye", curated by David Pagel, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Books as Art", Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
"The Fetish of Knowledge", curated by James Hyde for Real Art Ways, Hartford
"The Library of Babel", curated by Todd Alden for Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
"Artists' Books", Lorence Monk Gallery, NYC
"Outside America: Going Into the 90's", Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
"20th Century Collage", Margo Levin Gallery, Los Angeles; traveling to Centro
Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museed'Art
Moderneet d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France
"Mixed Use Space", Security Pacific Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
1990"Off the Shelf: the book in art", Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford, IL
"Con-Text", Richard/Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles CA
"On, Those Four White Walls", Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
"All Quiet on the Western Front?", Espace Dieu, Paris, France
"No Trends", Nahan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
"The Book in Art/The Book as Art", Barbara Fendrick Gallery, New York, NY
"Il Librismo", Fiera Campionaria de Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy
"Membership has its Privileges", Land & O'Hara Gallery, NYC
"Beyond Words: the book as metaphor for art", San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum
"Focus Systems", Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
1989"Archeology II", Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
"A Good Read: the book as metaphor", Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY
"Containers", Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Artists' Books: an alternative space for art", Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
1988"The Arts of the Book", Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
"The Altered page: selections from the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of
Concrete and Visual Poetry", Center for Book Arts, NYC
"Collage at N.A.M.E.", N.A.M.E., Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987"The Book & Beyond", Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY
"Chicago Stock Art", Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
"Unique Books by Unique Artists", Patricia Carega Gallery, Washington, DC
1986"Between Metaphor and Fact: recent drawing", Leonarda Di Mauro Gallery, NYC
"Artists Books - Illinois", State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
"The Book Made Art", University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Beyond Words: the art of the Book", Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
1985"Components/Structure: Peter Downsbrough, Robert C. Morgan, Buzz Spector"
Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester, NY
"Messages From the Interior", curated by Timothy Porges, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago
"One of a Kind Artists' Books", Diverse Works, Houston, TX
1984"Fluxus and Friends", Wright Art Museum, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
"Center for Book Arts: the first decade", New York Public Library, New York
"Found Language", Franklin Furnace, New York
"Small but Hot", Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL
1983"EarthArt", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
"N.A.M.E. at Semaphore (Other Images from Chicago)", Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY
"Object: Book", Cantor/Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, MI
"Beautiful!" Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
"Breaking the Bindings: American book art now", Elvehjem Art Museum, Madison, WI
1982"Artists Books", Kathyrn Markel Gallery, New York
"Drawing from Chicago", The Art Gallery, University of Nebraska at Omaha
"Book Objects", Jeffrey Fuller Fine Art, Philadelphia
"Artists Books", Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ
1981"Prints + Multiples: 79th exhibition by artists of Chicago and vicinity", The Art Institute of Chicago
"33rd Illinois Invitational", Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
"Artists' Books from the Permanent Collection", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
"International Artists' Book Show", Library of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1980"Tear/Sew/Fold/Stretch", SXC Gallery, St. Xavier College, Chicago, IL
1979"Chicago Drawing", Columbia College Gallery, Chicago, IL
1978"Illinois Artists'78: a drawing invitational" Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Illinois State University
1975"41st Semi-Annual Prints-Drawing-Photography Competition", Southeastern
    Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Selected Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Museum, Buffalo, NY
The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Bibliotheque nationale de France Richelieu, Paris, France
British Museum Library, London
Brooklyn Museum of Art Libraray
Chicago Public Library,IL
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Dickson Art Library, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Mills College Library, Oakland, CA
Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Archive Collection, NY
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Getty Research Institute Library, Santa Monica, CA
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy
Milwaukee Art Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Orange County Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Rhode Island School of Design Library, Artists’ Books Collection
Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL
Tate Modern, London
University of California-Santa Barbara, Library Special Collections, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolic, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Yale University, Beinecke Library, New Haven, CT
Jane Voorhees’ Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University