Maria G. Pisano

Artist Books, Prints, and Workshops



Master of Fine Arts, Book Arts/Printmaking 1995 – The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Master of Fine Arts, Fine Arts 1979- Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Bachelor of Arts, Art Education 1974 -Hunter College, City University of New York.


The National September 11 Memorial Museum permanent collection and exhibit, NY city. Philadelphia Museum Library – Secondary Colors – GBW Delaware Chapter, Philadelphia, PA. • Utah Museum of Fine Arts – GBW 100th Anniversary Exhibition •Noyes Museum of Art – Telling the Story: Artist’s Books • Hunterdon Museum of Art – 50th Annual National Juried Exhibition. • Museum of Printing History – Pop-Up Books – Houston, TX. • Hunterdon Museum – Correspondences: Poetry and Contemporary Art Hunterdon Museum – “Extreme Landscape” • Hunterdon Museum – 47th Annual Print Exhibition, NJ. • Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, Costa Rica – “Artists and the Art of the Book” • Brooklyn Museum of Art – “26th National Print Exhibition” Brooklyn, NY.  • Hunterdon Museum – Glorious Prints: A Celebration of Prints and Artists’ Books, NJ. • The Noyes Museum – New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts,  NJ. • National Museum of Women in the Arts – Book as Art III, Washington, D. C. • Morris Museum – 1985-6 Fellowship Exhibition, Morristown, NJ. •Ellarsie, Trenton City Museum – Works in Paper/Works in Series

PRESENTER AT CONFERENCES : Editioning a Fine Press Book –  ARLIS/NA 40th Annual Conference, Toronto 2012. •Art, Fact and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place – College Book Art Association, 2009. University of Iowa Center for the Book. Paper: Book as Witness: The Artist’s response. Construction of Death, Mourning and Memory, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, 2006. • NJ Book Arts Symposium: “Flaps, Folds, Figures, and Flash: Books with Movable Parts. “The American Printing History Association – (R)EVOLUTION IN PRINT. • Southern Graphic Council. 3D: Diversity, Discourse. Dimension. Mason Gross School of the Arts, NJ, 2004.

RESIDENCIES: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Book FOR[u]Ms Book Artist Speaker Series, 2007. Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2005. • Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. Experimental Printmaking Institute, 2003-4.

FELLOWSHIP/APPRENTICESHIPS: The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-5 • American Philosophical Society – PA. Book and Paper Conservation-1998-2000. • Rutgers Center for Print and Paper – NJ – paper making, 1996-97. • Library Company of Philadelphia, PA – Conservation, 1994-5. New Jersey State Council On the Arts Fellowship- 1985-6 • Dieu Donne Press and Paper, Paper making-New York, N.Y.1984

ADDITIONAL AWARDS: The Lenore Adelman Award for Book Arts – The University of the Arts, 1995. • Honorable Mention: PCNJ Exhibit Textile Print:As a Fine Art Form, 1993. • Newark Mediawork’s 2nd annual N.J. Video and Film Festival – Art Goes Public/Artist in Residence.


2016 – The Printed Page II -Abecedarian Gallery, Denver CO, Outside the Margins: Contemporary Artists’ Books -Julio Fine Arts Gallery – Loyola University, Baltimore MD. Rooted – Tulpehaking Nature Center. Longitude, Latitude and Elevation – The Valley Arts Gallery in Forest Grove, OR. The Farm: Interpretive Binding – Free Library of Philadelphia, PA.

2015 – Architectural Innovations: Celebrating the structures of Hedi Kyle – University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. • Miller, Mitchell, Pisano, Riker: Crossing the Delaware: New Jersey Women of the Book at Lafayette College, Easton, PA. • Book Arts: Artists’ Books from Bowdoin College – Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. • Readers Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected – Minnesota Center for Book Arts – Minneapolis, MN. • Atlas: A Delaware Valley Chapter GBW collaborative project – Athenaeum of Philadelphia, PA

2014 -Hecatombe 9-11 – The National September 11 Memorial Museum – New York, NYThree Inches: Handcrafted Miniature Books – Clarence Ward Library, Oberlin College, OhioSan Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition – Geisel Library, University of California.An Inventory of Al-Mutanbbi Street – Central Library Rochester Public Library, New YorkAl-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here– University of Southern Maine, Portland

2013 –100+1 libri d’artista – From Micro to Macro: Palazzo Trinci, Perugia, ItalySecondary Colors – Delaware Valley GBW – Cabot Science Library, Harvard University and Philadelphia Museum of Art Library, PA.An Inventory of Al-Mutanbbi Street – San Francisco Center for the Book, SF California Cambridge Art Council, Cambridge, MA. The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK. The Center for Book Arts, NYC.

2012 – Piccoli, piccolissimi, anzi grandissimi – Biblioteca Braidense, Milano, ItalyLegacy – Printmaking Center of New Jersey, NJ

2011Abecedarium: An Alphabet Soup of Artists’ Books – Swarthmore College, PA. Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 – Virginia Commonwealth University. Agents of Change – Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. • The Book as Memorial: Book Artists Respond to and Remember 9/11– Yale University, CT. • Artist Books from the Collection – Smithsonian American Art Museum/NPG Library, DC. • The Un(framed) Photograph – Center for Book Art, New York, NY. • Philadelphia Artists’ Books Travel to Venice – Scuola Grafica, Venezia, Italy. • Remembering 9/11 Through Artists’ Books – McCabe Library, Swarthmore College, PA.

2010The Illustrated Accordion – KBAC Gallery- Kalamazoo, MIBooked 7 – Pierro Gallery at the Baird-South Orange, NJ. • Where Have We Been? – Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ

2009ABC- An Alphabet Exhibit – University of Delaware, Newark, DEBeyond WORDS: Book Fest 2009 – LBI Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, NJ. • Altered and Assembled – Williams Center for the Arts Gallery, Lafayette College, PA. • Hybrid Conference juried alumni exhibit – University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

2008Art Bound: Book Design Past and Present. Invitational – The Athenaeum, PA. Outrageous Pages: Ingenious Artists Books. Invitational – SUNY College of Oneonta, NY.

2007One Person Show- Maria Pisano: Books and Prints – University of Wisconsin-Madison. Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Conference Exhibition -CCBP – Chicago, IL. GBW 100th Anniversary Exhibition –varied venues. • Unfolding Thought: Contemporary Book Art -Invitational- Shippensburg Univ, PA

2006GBW 100th Anniversary Exhibition – Grolier Club, New York, NY • Beautifully Bound – Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, ME • Bound and Unbound – Free Library of Philadelphia, PA • The Open Book: New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ Meraviglia: Innovations in the Book Arts – Williams Center for the Arts, PA. • More than a Book – Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. • Centro Cultural, San Jose,Costa Rica. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico. Williams Center for The Arts, PA.

2005 – 8th International  Symposium and Book Fair, Marseille, France. • Anatomy of a Landscape – MGP Studio Arts Gallery, New Hope, PA. • A Flourish of Form: New and Traditional Structures in Artists’ Books – Yale Univ, CT. • A Miniature Lesson in the History of the Book – Harvard University Library • Facades: MGP Studio Arts Gallery, New Hope, PA.

2004Matter and Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of the Book. Wells College, NY.

2003Altered Books: Spine Bending Thrillers – Rider Univ. Art Gallery, NJ. • Beyond Reading – Invitational – Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA • Undercover – Invitational – St. Louis Artist’s Guild, MO • Paper Works – Invitational Gallery 31 North, NJ. • Just4U – Newark Public Library, NJ

2002– Artists Image Resource, PA, Spaces Gallery, OH, Lafayette College, PA. • Artists and the Art of the Book – The Banana Factory, PA.

2001MBS Conclave XIX -Lilly Library, Indianapolis, IN.

1999Magic Paper/Magic Book – Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL. •X: The First Decade, The Next Page – The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. International Miniature Prints and Books – Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, CT.

1998-9–  ABECEDARIUMS: Guild of Bookworkers –various sites. • Miniature Book Exhibition: 1998 MBS Conclave – Charleston, S.C.

1997ARCHItextURE: The Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA. •Coptic and Collage: Ancient Technique, Modern Application – Center for Book Arts, NY. •National Printmaking 1997 – The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ. •Chapter 1 – Frances Loeb Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. •Image and Text – Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.

1996Education and the Book Arts in New Jersey, or, Preaching What You Practice – Rutgers Univ, NJ. •Chapter 1 – Rosenwald Gallery- University of Pennsylvania Library-Philadelphia, PA. • Humboldt State University, Art Gallery – First North Redwood Book Arts Conference, Arcata, CA

1995A Sense of Place and the Book Arts: Contemporary Perspectives on Book Arts in New Jersey. •Book Arts in New Jersey: Seven Contemporary Perspectives – New Brunswick,NJ • “Structures of Memory”: The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA. •Bookarts: Niagara County Community College Art Gallery, Sanborn, NY.

1994TRADITIONS and CONNECTIONS: The Art of the Book/ Books by Artists – Laurie and Irvin Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. •The Visual Book. Survey of contemporary book works. Westby Art Gallery, Rowan Colege,Glassboro, N.J. •Books:University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. •10 th year Anniversary Celebration, Rabbet Gallery,New Brunswick , N.J. •Papermade NJ.: Johnson & Johnson Gallery,New Brunswick, N.J.

1993Hands at Work: A Celebration of American Book Crafts – Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, Book Arts Gallery, University of Alabama. • Former Art Directors – Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, N.J. • Textile Print: As a Fine Art Form – PCNJ, Somerville, N.J.

1992Handmade  Books on Display – East Brunswick Library, East Brunswick, N.J.

1991Economy of Space: Book Arts Under Four Inches Center for Book Arts, N.Y. •WAR & PEACE: Center for Book Arts, New York, N.Y. •Printmaking – Trenton State College, Trenton, N.J.

198915th Anniversary Exhibit – Center for Book Arts: Herb Lubalin Study Center, N.Y.Public Library. •One-Person Show – Printmaking Council of New Jersey, N.J.

1988  Creative Papermaking: Handmade Color Paperworks by Eight Princeton Artists. Millberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, Firestone Library, Princeton University,N.J. • The Arts of the Book Invitational – The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. • One Person Show – Johnson and Johnson Gallery, Johnson and Johnson, N.J. •Book Arts I:Hand-in-Hand Galleries, Ltd., New York, N.Y.

1986Artist Made Books: Brentwood Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

1985Artworks/Bookworks: Dallas Public Library Gallery, Dallas, Texas. • Bookworks:Hand-in-Hand Gallery,New York, N.Y. • Handmade Paper Works – Middlesex County Coll. Gallery, Trenton, N.J.

1984One Person Show – Middlesex County College Gallery, Edison, N.J. • The First Decade:New York Public Library Gallery, Center for Book Arts,New York, N.Y. Invitational: Paperworks – Printmaking Council of New Jersey Somerville, N.J. • Book Arts: Center for Book Arts, New York, N.Y. • Impressions: Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, N.J. • Paper: John Baughman & Associates, Inc., Grand Rapids, Mi.• The Graphic Eye Gallery, Impressions on Handmade Paper.Port Washington, N.Y.

1982Works On Paper: First Annual Exhibition, Queensborough Comm.Coll, N.Y. Graphic Variations:Four Person Show – Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington, New York. Artist’s Choice: Hutchins Gallery, C.W. Post College, Long Island University,N.Y. • Dore Ashton Selects: Marymount College Gallery, New York, N.Y. • Books by Printmakers: The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA.


Banker’s Trust Corporation, New York, NY. Bristol – Myers Squibb Co. Princeton, NJ. Brooklyn College, CUNY Art Collection, Brooklyn, NY.  B.T. Southwest Corp., Dallas, Texas. Chubb  & Son Insurance Inc., St. Louis, MO. Dean Witter Reynolds Co., NY. Department of Taxation, Trenton, NJ.  Design Animation Ltd., Johannesburg, Africa. FMC Corporation, Philadelphia, PA. Freedom Drug Corp., NH. I.B.M. Corporation, New York, NY. Insurance Company of North America -Johnson & Johnson Corp., New Brunswick, NJ. Kendall Insurance, Rochester, NH – Putman Investors, Quincy, MA – Saunder Merrimack, NH. The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.