Ginger Burrell

ginger@rkg.com

408-839-7940

Professional info

I've always been a photographer and have been taking photos since I was little. (I have the the cut-off head pictures to prove it. Now, when I cut off a head in a photograph, it is by design.) On my way to becoming an artist I was a teacher, ran a school and ran Human Resource departments for start up companies. A round of layoffs, a class at the San Francisco Center for the Book and a visit to a gallery featuring Artist Books transformed a love for photography into a passion for creating Artist Books.

 

Now, several years and a degree in Art and Photography later, I find the flexibility of the medium to fit my ideas on a particular topic exciting and endless. Teaching allows me to share my passion, explore new structures and inspire others in the art of book making. My technology background and abilities further fuel both my teaching and my artwork. 

Teaching & Lectures

Book Arts Lectures, 2015 to the Present

 

"The Total Package: The Importance of Presentation in Book Arts" for San Diego Book Arts at the La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum, April 2017

 

"Introduction to Book Arts" for the Valle del Sur Art Guild, May 2016

 

"My Journey Through Book Arts So Far" for the Foothill College Art Lecture Series, May 2015

 

Teacher, Workshops, 2017 to the Present

 

San Diego Book Arts - Pyramid Box with Lotus Book set, Triangle Book with 2 pc Triangle Box, Star Book with Hexagon Box

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology - Star Book with Hexagon Box

 

Teacher, Ongoing Book Arts, Palo Alto Art Center, 2006 to the Present

 

Box Making Beyond the Rectangle (Pyramid, Triangle, Hexagon, Circle)

Box Making for Artists (Clamshell, Portfolio, Candy Box, Hinged, Divided and Slipcase)

Pop-Up and Moveable Books

Folded Bindings - Crown, Flutter and Maze, Secret Gardens, Secret Windows and T,X and Z cut

Photographic Artist Books using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

3-D Books (Flag Books and 3 variations of Star Books)

More 3-D Books (Jacob's Ladder, Piano Hinge, Tunnel Books)

Photoshop for Artists

Stitched Bindings (Coptic, Raven's Foot, Long Stitch, Button-Hole Stitch, French Link & Japanese Stab)

Polymer Clay Techniques for Book Artists

Recycled Books: Making Artist Books with Recycled Materials

 

Teacher, Private Instruction, 2012 to the Present

 

Content Classes - Strategies for creating content for your handmade books

Miniature Books - Flag, Star and Tunnel

Polymer Clay Books - Valentine's Chocolates Box

Photoshop Elements for Artists

Photoshop Illustrator

Individually designed classes to meet student requirements

2010 - present

2010 - present

Collections

In addition to private collections, my artwork can be found in the following:

 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

New York Public Library, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture

Yale University, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Special Collections

Ringling School of Art and Design, Kimbrough Library, Special Collections

Stanford University, Green Library, Special Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Flaxman Library, Artist Book Collection

UCLA Darling Biomedical Library, Special Collections 

Ohio University, Alden Library, Special Collections

Baylor University, Crouch Library, Special Collections

Northwestern University, Deering Library, Special Collections

Boston Athenaeum

University of Virginia, Rare Book School

Mount Holyoke College Library

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

Wesleyan University, Olin Library, Special Collections

University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections

Marlboro College, Rice-Aron Library, Special Collections

Scripps College, Denison Library, Special Collections

University of Utah, Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

California State University, East Bay, University Library, Special Collections

San Jose State University, King Library, Special Collections

Chapman University, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library, Special Collections

Dartmouth College, Sherman Art Library, Special Collections

Harvard Fine Arts Library, Artist Book Collections

Lafayette College, Skillman Library, Special Collections

University of Connecticut, Dodd Research Center, Special Collections

University of Utah, Marriott Library, Special Collections

Whitworth University, Cowles Library, Special Collections

Maine College of Art, Waxman Library, Special Collections

University of Washington Library, Special Collections

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Campus Library, Artist Book Collection

University of Pittsburgh, Library, Special Collections

Denison University, Doane Library, Special Collections

UCLA Library, Artist Book Collection

University of San Diego, Copley Library and Geisel Library, Special Collections

Indiana University - Perdue University Indianapolis, Herron Art Library, Artist Book Collection

San Diego State University, Special Collections

Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections

University of California at Davis, Shields Library, Special Collections

University of Miami, Richter Library, Special Collections

University of California at Berkeley, Environmental Design Library

University of Denver, Penrose Library, Special Collections

Exhibitions (Work Selected)

2017

"Power of the Page: Artists Books as Agents for Change" at the New Museum (NUMU), Los Gatos, CA (Counter/Surveillance, Birth/Control, Public Privacy, Giftschrank)

"Black History/Black Future" at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (Assume the Position)

"Shaping Eyre: Charlotte Brontë’s Classic Novel in 200 Objects" at the University of Virginia Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA (Reliquary)

 

2016

"7th Annual Altered Books/Artist Books" at Marin MOCA, Marin, CA (Don't Blame the Mirror) - 1st Place Award, Mary Austin, Co-Founder of San Francisco Center for the Book, Juror

"Shaping Eyre: Charlotte Brontë’s Classic Novel in 200 Objects" at the University of Virginia Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA (Reliquary)

"Hands On-5" at the Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (Assume the Position)

 

2015

"Personal Histories" at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Queensland, Australia (Empty, I'm Telling You Now)

"Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" at various locations (Breathe for Those Who Cannot) 

"Codex Finds 2015" at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR (Twenty Six Charging Stations, Birth/Control, Public Privacy) 

"6th Annual Altered Books/Artist Books" at Marin MOCA (Paper Dolls) - 3rd Place Award, Donna Seager Juror

"Hello Hedi" at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR (Metamorphosis) - Winner Hedi Kyle Award, Hedi Kyle Juror

"Bookish" at San Pablo Art Gallery, San Pablo, CA

"Blood Quantum" at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR (Heredity)

 

2014

"Personal Histories" at Redland Museum, Cleveland, Queensland, Australia (Empty, I'm Telling You Now)

"Book Power Redux" at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA (Assume the Position, Sandy Hook)

"Book Power Redux" at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR (Assume the Position, Sandy Hook)

"Community Matters" at San Jose City Hall, San Jose, CA (Selection of Artists Books by Ginger Burrell)

"Altered Books/Book Arts" at Marin MOCA, Marin, CA (Gold Rush)

"Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" at various locations (Breathe for Those Who Cannot)

 

2013

"Red" at Los Altos Public Library, Los Altos, CA (Roses are Red)

"Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" at Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA (Breathe for Those Who Cannot)

"Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" at Center for Book Arts, New York City (Breathe for Those Who Cannot)

"Bibliophilia" at Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA (EYES, Phantasmagoria)

 

2012

"Altered Books/Book Arts" at Marin MOCA, Marin, CA (How to be a Lady)

"Expressions of Infertility" at Ottawa Fertility Center, Ontario, Canada (Empty)

 

2011

"From Our Perspective" at Womencenter, Oakland Community College, Michigan (I'm Telling You Now)

"Fourth Annual Juried Show" at Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA (The Heaven Project, Loves Me/Not)

"Photographic Book Works" at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR (Family Circle, The Heaven Project, and Virtual/Reality)

"Bookworks 2011" at San Francisco Public Library, Skylight Gallery (The Heaven Project)

"Artist Book Exhibition" from the Special Collections at Denison University Library, Granville, OH (Ode to Anna Atkins)

"Design Book Art" at the Environmental Design Library, Special Collections, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (Ode to Anna Atkins, Golden Gate Fog)

"Altered Books/Book Arts" at Marin MOCA, Marin, CA (Better Handwriting for You 3) - Recipient Honorable Mention by Donna Seager of the Seager/Gray Gallery

"BookOpolis" at Asheville BookWorks, Asheville, NC (One Second of Time and You've Come a Long Way, Baby)

"Curator's Show" at Asheville BookWorks, Asheville, NC (You've Come a Long Way, Baby)

 

2010

“Always Reborn” BFA Exhibition, solo show, at San Jose State University (SJSU)

 “National Association of Schools of Art and Design” at SJSU (Virtual/Reality and The Heaven Project)

“Out-of-State” at San Jose/Works Gallery, San Jose (Monotypes from the Shelter Series)

“Bay Area Book Artists” at Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA (EYES, Will They Remember and Empty)

“Photographic Book Works” at Abecedarian Gallery, Denver (Family Circle, The Heaven Project, Virtual/Reality)

“BookOpolis: Memory Palaces” at Asheville BookWorks, Asheville, NC (Rocks and I’m Telling You Now)

“Curator’s Show” at Asheville BookWorks (I’m Telling You Now)

 

2009

“Free for All” web-based exhibition, http://www.fimp.net/freef.html (Pizza Pie)

“Conversations” at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose (Over[hear]d)

“Student Works” at Abecedarian Gallery, Denver (Pockets, Tree and Love/Chocolate)

“Boxy Books” at Abecedarian Gallery, Denver (EYES, Rocks, and At What Price?)

“Polyglot: Expressive Media in Book Arts” at Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA (Pockets)

“Book Art as Community” at Pacific Art League, Palo Alto (The Bees Have Been Brought to Their Knees)

“Alphabeastiary” at Foothill College Library, Los Altos (Alphabeastiary)

“Image and Idea” at San Jose State University (The Heaven Project)

 

2008

“Selected Artists’ Books 2006-2008” Solo show at San Jose State University

“Bookworks” at San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco (Pendulum)

“Sewn Pages/Woven Thoughts” at Commuknity Gallery, San Jose (Pockets)

“The Politics of Food” at San Jose State University (Honey, Half-Life, and The Bees Have Been Brought to Their Knees)

“Women’s Work” Solo show at San Jose State University 

 

2007

“From Sham to Shame” at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago (King George)

“Bookmarks ZMP” at Zea Mays Gallery, Massachussets (What/Who)

“6th Annual Juried Book Arts Exhibit” at Bright Hill Press, New York (What/Who and King George)

“From Our Perspective” at Womencenter, Oakland CC, Minneapolis, MN (Pendulum)

“The Art of the Book” at San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco (EYES)

 

Publications

1000 Artist Books, Quarry Books, 2012

PCBA publication “Ampersand” , articles with photos, various dates:

Papermaking from Plants

Embedded Objects in Handmade Paper

Photographic Techniques for Handmade Paper

Star Books with Pocket Variations

 

 

Education

BFA Art and Photography

President's Scholar Award 2009 & 2010

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

San Jose State University 

May 2010

 

 

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