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Debra Olin
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Debra Olin is a printmaker, living and working in Somerville, Mass. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1980. Olin has shown in exhibitions across the U.S., South Africa and Cuba. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library; Temple Israel, Brookline, Mass.; YIVO Institute, NYC; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass.; and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. In 2004 Debra was awarded the Rappaport Prize, the largest public annual award to an individual artist in New England.


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EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA1980
Bachelor of Arts; University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
1972

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Tychman Shapiro Gallery, Inspired by Yiddish, Minneapolis, MNspacer2008
Gallery Blue, Nantucket, MAspacer2008
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA2005
The Art Complex Museum, On Their Own Program, Duxbury, MA2003
Starr Gallery, The Stories We Hold, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Newton, MA2003
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2000
Society of Arts and Crafts, By Hand/By Heart, Boston, MA1999
Perkins Gallery, Striar Jewish Community Center, Stoughton, MA
1996
Art & Design Studio/K & T Lionheart, Boston, MA1994
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA1992
Art at Brickbottom Stats, Somerville, MA1990

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Essex Art Center, Paper Quilts, Lawrence, MA
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The Boston Printmakers, North American Print Biennial, Boston, MA
2007
DeCordova Museum, Approaches to Narrative, Lincoln, MA
2006-07
Gotthelf Gallery, Shmatte Nouveau: Textiles Through the Wringer, La Jolla, CA
2006
Attleboro Arts Museum, Transforming Spirits: 4 Directions, Attleboro, MA
2006
Francesca Anderson Fine Art, The Boston Printmakers (A Selection of Members' Work), Lexington, MA
2006
Concord Art Association, Bodyscapes, Concord, MA
2006
DeCordova Museum, Recent Print Acquisitions: The Workshop Portfolios, Lincoln, MA
2006
Danforth Museum of Art, The New Landscape: Alternative Approaches, Framingham, MA
2006
The Boston Printmakers, North American Print Biennial, Boston, MA
2005
Tisch Gallery, Juried Summer Exhibition, Tufts University, Medford, MA
2004
The Art Complex Museum, Time Remembered/Time Past, Duxbury, MA
2004
The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Weaving Women’s Words: Baltimore Stories, Baltimore, MD
2004
Wiggins Gallery, Women Artists from the BPL’s Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
2003
Galeria Espacio Abierto, Una Communidad de Talleres de Grabado, Havana, Cuba
2003
Somerville Museum, Persona, Somerville, MA
2002
Starr Gallery, Material Concerns, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Newton, MA
2001
The Boston Printmakers, North American Print Biennial, Boston, MA
2001
Wiggins Gallery, Proof in Print—A Community of Printmaking Studios, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
2001
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Gallery, DeCordova Downtown, Boston, MA
2000
Brookfield Craft Center, Women’s World: A Work in Progress, Brookfield, CT
2000
Society for Contemporary Craft, The Art of the Spirit, Pittsburg, PA
2000
New Bedford Art Museum, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, New Bedford, MA
2000
Starr Gallery, The Power to Enchant: Amulets and Talismans, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish
Community Center,
Newton, MA
2000
RAV, Artist Proof Portfolio Project Exhibition, Randse Afrikaans Universitate, Johannesburg, South Africa
2000
The Art Gallery, Religion:Contemporary Interpretations by Women, University of New Hampshire,
Durham, NH2000
Fort Point Gallery, Drawing and Printmaking: A Dialog, Boston, MA
1999
Gallery NAGA, Spirit Manifest: Religious Imagery in Current Boston Art, Boston, MA
1999
The Boston Printmakers, North American Print Biennial, Boston, MA
1999
Laura Knott Art Gallery, Extending the Image—New Dimensions in Printmaking,
Bradford College, Haverhill, MA
1999
William King Regional Arts Center, The Human Habit, Abingdon, VA
1998
Starr Gallery, Women Whose Lives Span the Century: Contemporary Artistic Interpretations, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Newton, MA
1998
Harbor Gallery, Engendered Species: The Cultural Context of Gender, UMass, Boston, MA
1998
DeCordova Museum, 10 Artists/10 Visions: 1997, Lincoln, MA
1997
Somerville Museum, Lifting The Veil, Somerville, MA
1997
Higgins Art Gallery, Woman Creating/Fiber Arts, Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA
1997
Brickbottom Gallery, Monophilia...Printmaking at Brickbottom, Somerville, MA
1997
New Art Center, Layers of Meaning, Newton, MA
1996
Starr Gallery, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community
Center, Newton, MA1996
Brickbottom Gallery, 16 Recent Grant Winners in the Visual Arts, Somerville, MA
1996
McKillop Gallery, The Spiritual in Art, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
1995
Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Artists View Ellis Island, NYC, NY
1995-96
Brickbottom Gallery, Printmaking at Brickbottom 3, Somerville, MA
1995
Pulse Art, A Presence in the Garden, NYC, NY
1995
Clark Gallery, Monomania, Lincoln, MA
1995
Art & Design Studio/K & T Lionheart, Boston, MA
1994
Bromfield Gallery, Lunatics & Lovers, Boston, MA
1994
Brickbottom Gallery, Printmaking at Brickbottom 2, Somerville, MA
1994
Fogg Museum, Power, Pleasure, Pain: Contemporary Women Artists and the Female Body,
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA1994
Brickbottom Gallery, An Exhibition of 11 Recent Somerville Arts Council Grant Winners, Somerville, MA
1994
Starr Gallery, Creativity and Spirituality, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center,
Newton, MA 1994
Bromfield Gallery, Process and Product: photographic images, Boston, MA
1993
Brickbottom Gallery, An Exhibition of 26 Recent Somerville Arts Council Grant Winners in the Visual Arts,
Somerville, MA
1993
Gallery Per Tutti, November Show, Boston, MA
1992
Brickbottom Gallery, Printmaking at Brickbottom, Somerville, MA
1992
Kipp Gallery, Of Two Worlds, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
1992
Boston Visual Artist Union, An Education of the Heart, Boston, MA
1991
Artists Foundation, Women's Caucus for Art, Intimate Perspectives, Boston, MA
1991
Brickbottom Gallery, An Exhibition of 32 Recent Somerville Arts Council Grant Winners in the Visual Arts,
Somerville, MA
1991
Hera Gallery, Families, Wakefield, RI
1990
University of Massachusetts, Community Gallery, Boston, MA
1988
Artweek 80, Cambridge, MA
1980
Boston Center for the Arts, Winter Works, Boston, MA
1979
Harvard University, Chronkite Graduate Center, Cambridge, MA
1978
Boston Visual Artist Union, Sources, Development, Progression, Boston, MA
1976
Wellesley College Women's Center Building Dedication, Wellesley, MA
1975

AWARDS
MA Arts Lottery, Somerville Arts Council Fellowship Grantspacer2008
Rappaport Prize, funded by the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation, administered by the
DeCordova Museum
2004
The Boston Printmakers 1999 North American Print Exhibition, Materials Award
1999
Juror — Marilyn Kushner, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Brooklyn Museum of Art
MA Arts Lottery, Somerville Arts Council Project Grant
1999
MA Arts Lottery, Somerville Arts Council Fellowship Grant
1996
MA Arts Lottery, Somerville Arts Council Project Grant
1994
The MacDowell Colony, Residency program, Peterborough, NH
1993-94
Arts Lottery, Somerville Arts Council General Support Grant
1993
Millay Colony For The Arts, Residency program, Austerlitz, NY
1992
The Currier Gallery of Art, Semi-Finalist, New Artists: Gloria Wilcher Memorial Exhibition
1991

COLLECTIONS
Housing Corporation of Arlington, Arlington, MA
Cambridge Family and Children's Services, Cambridge, MA
Latin American Health Institute, Boston, MA
Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Brookline, MA
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Boston, MA
Year Up!, Boston, MA
Cell Signaling Technology, Beverly, MA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, NYC, NY
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Temple Israel, Brookline, MA
United Lithograph, Somerville, MA
Meditech, Canton, MA
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
New England Biolabs, Beverly, MA
Private Collections

RELATED PROJECTS
Artrageous! Bloomingdale's: Featured artist exhibiting in display window and throughout store, Chestnut Hill, MA
Visual Violins, Arts Healing Hearts,
Invitational fundraiser by Longwood Symphony Orchestra for Cancer Centers, Boston, MA
2006
Boston Printmakers Board of Directors, Boston, MA
2005 – present
Somerville Open Studios, Somerville, MA
2003-07
Miller Street Open Studio, Somerville, MA
2003-08
Rugg Road Paper Company, Guest Lecturer, Boston, MA
2002
Art Focus, Consultants, Art Installer, Beverly, MA
2001 – Present
Worcester Art Museum, Artist/Facilitator: MA Allstate Art Festival, Worcester, MA
2001
Massachusetts College of Art, Instructor: Printmaking/Collage, Boston, MA
2000-2001
Currier Gallery of Art, Artist/Facilitator: New Hampshire Allstate Art Festival, Manchester, NH
2000, 2001
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Monotype Instructor, Newton, MA
1998-2001
Brickbottom Gallery, Gallery Coordinator, Somerville, MA
1997 – Present
Rugg Road Paper & Prints, Workshop Instructor, Boston, MA
1998
Invisible Cities Group, Watching The Detectives, Large Scale Urban Performance Installation,
Somerville, MA
1997
Art Beat, Somerville Arts Council Installation Commission, The Windows Art Project, sponsored by the L E F Foundation, Somerville, MA
1996
Art Without Walls, Project with children from Mystic Learning Center creating large fabric collages. Program supported through grant from The Somerville Arts Council, Somerville, MA
1995
First Night, Installation on Boston Common. Sheet Stories. 16 banners fabricated with community
groups from the Mystic Housing Development in conjunction with the Welcome Project,
Somerville, MA
1994
DeCordova Museum, Corporate Loan Program
1994 – Present
First Night, Installation on Boston Common. Neighborhood portrait clothesline installation with
women's groups from the Mystic Housing Development in conjunction with the Welcome Project,
Somerville, MA
1993
Why Window Design, Freelance Visual Merchandising Designer and Consultant, primary focus on design, construction and installation of window and interior displays.
1980 – Present
Brickbottom Artists Building, Open Studios, Somerville, MA
1988-01, 2004-05
Brickbottom Artists Building, Board of Directors, Somerville, MA
1988-90
Tufts University, Instructor & Visiting Lecturer, Medford, MA
1980-86
Cambridge Arts Council, Director of Exhibitions; Developed and implemented "Art Up Front;" designed and executed exhibits for Council gallery, Cambridge, MA
1980
Massachusetts College of Art, Instructor, Program of Continuing Education, Boston, MA
1979-80
Radcliffe Pottery Studio, Ceramics Instructor (1978), 1975-78; Assistant (1975-1977), Cambridge, MA

BIBLIOGRAPHY
The Boston Globe, "Body Art, an inside view," Christine Temin, 3/2/05
Art News, National News-Awards, 10/04
Boston Phoenix, "Museums & Galleries," Randi Hopkins, 8/27/04
The Boston Globe, "Award puts spotlight on an innovative printmaker," Christine Temin, 8/4/04
Patriot Ledger, "Complex Exhibition," Jon Lehman, 7/31/04
The Boston Sunday Globe, "Expressing the horror, loss, and hope of Jewish upheaval,"
Cate McQuaid, 1/19/03
Art New England, "Somerville Museum/Somerville, Persona," Shawn Hill, Aug/Sept 2002
Contemporary Impressions, Variation & Continuity: The Workshop Portfolios, K.E. Duffin, Spring 2000
The Boston Globe, "Perspectives: Art that Venerates Lives Well Lived," Christine Temin, 3/25/98
Contemporary Impressions, Variation & Continuity: The Workshop Portfolios, K.E. Duffin, Spring 2000
The Boston Globe, "Perspectives: Art that Venerates Lives Well Lived," Christine Temin, 3/25/98
The Boston Globe, "Perspectives: Art that Venerates Lives Well Lived," Christine Temin, 3/25/98
The Jewish Advocate, "A Century’s Worth of Jewish Women," Arlene Friedberg, 5/8/98
Boston Herald, "Artists Examine the Lives of Women," Mary Sherman, 5/10/98
Art New England, "Review; Starr Gallery, Women Whose Lives Span the Century," Susan Mulski, Aug/Sept 1998
The Boston Globe, "Perspectives; Engendered Species: Image of the dress," Christine Temin, 2/4/98
Bay Windows, "Locked in Combat—or Love," Shawn Hill, 1/29/98
Art New England, "Review; Somerville Museum, Lifting the Veil," Melissa R. Katz, Oct/Nov 97
The Worcester Phoenix, "All Art is Local," Leon Nigrosh, 7/4/97
Bay Windows, "The Highest Quality," Shawn Hill, 7/3/97
Boston Sunday Globe, "The DeCordova presents a Vital Look at Local Artists," Cate McQuaid, 6/29/97
The Tab, "'Visions' of New England's Best," Shawn Hill, 6/24/97
Boston Herald, "'Visions' exhibit draws Perfect 10," Joanne Silver, 6/20/97
The Boston Globe, "Prints Charming & Significant," Cate McQuaid, 3/13/97
The Boston Globe, "Layers of Meaning," Christina Temin, 10/30/96
The Jewish Advocate, "Striar Shows 'What Did you Wear?'", Michael Gelbwasser, 10/25/96
Patriot Ledger, "Striar Gallery exhibit focuses on Immigrant Experience," Vicki Ritterband, 10/3/96
The Boston Globe, "The Message is Peace," Irene Sege, 9/21/96
Star Ledger, "Doorways to Ellis," William Gordon, 2/2/96
JFREJ Radio N.Y.C., "Beyond the Pale," Marilyn Neimark, 12/3/96
Art New England, Whose Body?, Miles Unger, 6/7/94
Boston Phoenix, "Women, Bodies & Art," Beth Wolsensberger, 4/22/94
The Boston Globe, "Our Art, Ourselves," Christine Temin, 3/30/94
The Boston Globe, "Good Works That Don't Work Together," Christine Temin, 1/5/94
Boston Sunday Globe, "These Photos Could Make Traditionalists Shudder," Stan Grossfield, 6/6/93
Boston Sunday Globe, "Artists Seek to Demystify Their Work," Jeff Kantrowitz, 4/11/93
Boston Globe, "Shades of Bali & Varied Prints at Brickbottom," Christine Temin, 9/16/92
Bay Windows, "All Roads At Once," Shawn Hill, 11/19/92

PUBLICATIONS
Proof in Print: A Community of Printmaking Studios, Boston Public Library in cooperation with
Mixit Print Studio, 2001
Our Grandmothers, Loving Portraits by 74 Granddaughters, Edited by Linda Sunshine, Welcome Enterprises, Inc., 1998