Philip B Zimmermann

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Professor, Art

Art Bldg, Room 208

BFA Cornell University;

MFA SUNY Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop

Philip Zimmermann’s primary research involves visual narrative and the time-based use of text and image. He has been creating photographically-based artists’ books for almost 40 years. He says: In addition to being a great vehicle for communicating directly to an audience, artists books have the wonderful advantage of being time-based like video, animation and film. Static pictures on a wall seem an impoverished way of making an artistic statement after one works with sequence, rhythm, movement, translucency, and the narrative arc. In addition to his artists’ books, Zimmermann works in photography, animation, illustration, design and video. He has shown extensively nationally and internationally, and among other awards, has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships.

His work is in the following collections: The Getty Research Institute, Yale University Library Special Collections, Harvard University Library Special Collections, The New York Public Library, NYC; The Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University; The Art Institute of Chicago; The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art Special Collections; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France; Franklin Furnace Archive, NYC (now part of the MoMA collection); The Virginia Commonwealth Library Special Collections; The Walker Art Center; The Sackner Collection, Miami Florida; The Fogg Museum, Harvard University; The Sterling Library, Yale University; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London UK; and many other public and private collections.