Nancy Tobin • 973.271.7521 •

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions

  • West Michigan Arts Competition 2020 , LowellArts, Lowell, MI
  • 2009 BCIE Annual (Highlighting the Print and Papermaking Fellowship), Rutgers University Newark, NJ
  • Art Connections 5, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 2008 Boson Exotic, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ
  • What’s New, Montclair Public Museum, Montclair, NJ
  • Currents, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ 2007 Sanctuary, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ
  • Nowhere Here, two-person exhibition with Cheol Yu Kim, Mikail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ
  • Essex Exposed, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ
  • Daylight Savings, City Without Walls/Seton Hall Law School Gallery, Newark, NJ
  • Viz, Trans-Genre Event, with poet Jerome Rothenberg, Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY
  • What’s New, Montclair Public Library, Montclair, NJ
  • Dynamic Exchange: Collaborative Works of Jerome Rothenberg, UCSD Library, San Diego, CA
  • 2006 Surface Tension: New Paintings by Nancy Tobin, ArtSpace 129, Montclair, NJ
  • Surface Tension: Works on Paper by Nancy Tobin, Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ
  • NurtureArt: Nurturing the Edge, Cue Foundation, New York, NY
  • Visible Word, The Center for Performing Arts at DeBaun, Hoboken, NJ
  • Winter Salon, ArtSpace 129, Montclair, NJ
  • 2005 Circular Logic, The Rosalind & Alfred Lippman Gallery, Short Hills, NJ
  • Red, Glen Ridge Women’s Club, Glen Ridge, NJ
  • As She Sees It: 8 Women Artists, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
  • Artworks! Arts in the Marketplace, Arts Council of Morris, Florham Park, NJ
  • Infiltrations, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ
  • 2004 Focus on Collage, four-person exhibition, ArtSpace 129, Montclair, NJ
  • Self-Portrait 2004, Northwest Cultural Council, Barrington, IL
  • Remembrances of Things Past, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
  • 10th Annual Gulf Coast National, Texas Artists Museum, Port Arthur, TX
  • Pareidolia, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
  • The Odds, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
  • Autumn in America, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY
  • Contemporary Abstracts, Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA
  • Compact Competition, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Portal Spaces Exhibit, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2003 12th National Juried Show, Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ 2000
  • Taking the Leap, Heritage Square, Emeryville, CA



  • 1994-1998 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1978-1981 Kendall College of Art, Grand Rapids, MI



  • Three Poems (book of paintings and poems with poet Jerome Rothenberg), published by Hawk’s Well Press, 2007
  • Event, a Trans-Genre Anthology: (highlighting collaboration with poet Jerome Rothenberg, edited by Roxanne Power Hamilton, published by Viz. Inter-Arts, 2007
  • Art Start (instructional guide for Quiltage collage technique), written and illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Quiltage Press, 2003

Illustrated five highly acclaimed children’s educational books:

  • Fraction Fun by David A. Adler, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House, 1996
  • Shape Up! By David A. Adler, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House, 1998
  • How Tall, How Short, How Faraway by David A. Adler, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House, 1999
  • Drip, Drop: How Water Gets to Your Tap by Barbara Seuling, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House, 2000
  • Flick A Switch: How Electricity Gets to Your House by Barbara Seuling, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House, 2003


  • The Montclair Times, “Winter Salon: Women’s Work,” March 16, 2006
  • Star Ledger, “Women’s Issues as Artists See Them,” by Dan Bischoff, April 10, 2005
  • Maplewood Matters, “Patchwork Masterpieces,” Fall 2003


  • NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
  • City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
  • Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
  • Book Arts Roundtable, Baird Center, South Orange, NJ
  • Viridian Print Studio, Livingston, NJ

Public Collections

  • Jane Voorhees Zimmereli Art Museum at Rutgers University
  • Hunterdon Museum of Art
  • Bergen Museum
  • Jersey City Museum
  • Montclair Art Museum
  • Morris Museum
  • Newark Museum
  • Noyes Museum of Art
  • Art Museum of Princeton University
  • New Jersey State Museum

Private Collections

  • Patricia Bell Collection
  • David Gibson Collection
  • Lora Hersh Collection
  • Diane and Jerome Rothenberg Collection


  • New Jersey Print and Paper Fellowship 2008
  • Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Liquitex Artist of the Month, September 2007
  • Award of Excellence: Contemporary Abstracts, Alameda Art Center
  • Third place: 10th Annual Gulf Coast National, Texas Artists Museum
Workshops and Classes
  • Two-Color Solar-Plate Printmaking, Viridian Print Studio, Livingston, NJ
  • Trace Monoprints, Viridian Print Studio, Livingston, NJ
  • Quiltage: Creating Your Own Masterpiece (one-day workshops for middle-school children)
  • Eye-Popping Art: Exploring the World of Three-Dimensional Art (one-semester curriculum for grade-school classes)

Other Professional Experiences


Proprietor of ArtRat Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Working from a storefront space in Grand Rapids' Heartside Neighborhood, I create and display new work as well as providing a venue for exhibitions and events to engage the local arts scene.


Owner of Quiltage, LLC (publishing and educational company)

I coined the term “Quiltage” for the process I use to create collages that repurpose artwork using techniques reminiscent of quilt-making.

I developed a teaching philosophy and instructional manual that bring out the artist in everyone and include them in creating fine art.


Owner of TobinDesign (graphic-design and illustration studio) I provided creative solutions for the publishing, corporate and product markets. TobinDesign clients included Herman Miller, Steelcase, Random House, Scholastic and Hasbro Toys.


Senior Art Director, Johnson and Dean, Grand Rapids, MI


Art Director, Sefton Associates, Grand Rapids, MI


Art Director, Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids, MI