Bea Nettles artwork
Scope and Contents
Bea Nettles artwork contains original prints from important series of the 1970's and 1980's, including Life's Lessons, Mountain Dream Tarot, Landscapes of Innocence, Complexities, and Rachel's Holidays. The seventies were rife with experimentation in photography and Nettles embraced this opportunity to veer away from traditional techniques. She altered works through hand-painting and sewing, used photo-mechanical processes, and incorporated fabric, Polaroid and xerography into her work. At the same time she was exploring certain feminist issues of the period: her role as a mother, raising children, home life, and family relationships. Her work from this period also delves into the unconscious, and touches on themes of birth, death and memory. The collection also contains seven artists' books. In total, there are approximately 88 pieces of artwork.
- Nettles, Bea (Artist, Person)
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This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Bea Nettles has been exhibiting and publishing her autobiographical works since 1970. She has had over fifty one-person exhibitions, including the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Light Gallery and Witkin Gallery in NYC. Her works have also been shown internationally in major group exhibitions.
Her images are in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Polaroid International Collection, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. Her artists’ books can be found in special collections libraries at universities including Yale (Beinecke), Washington, and Virginia.
She taught photography and artists’ books from 1970-2007 at Rochester Institute of Technology, Tyler School of Art, and the University of Illinois where she is currently Professor Emerita.
Nettles continues to lecture and teach workshops internationally.
5 Linear Feet (2 oversize boxes)
Collection contains artwork created by Bea Nettles between 1969-1992. Formats include hand colored prints, artists' offset books, silver gelatin instamatic prints, dye transfer prints, photo-etchings, poster prints.
Each piece of work in this collection is in numerical order according to the donor's inventory.
C.S. North, Shelf 297
Other Finding Aids
In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.
Bea Nettles artwork
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Bea Nettles in January 2011. Accession number(s): 11:16
Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in September 2011.
- Art in universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Photography -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Art collections
- Women artists -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- 20th century
- Women photographers -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Bea Nettles artwork
- RIT Art Collection
- Jody Sidlauskas
- 7 September 2011
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