Martha Schermerhorn ~ Mostly Artists Books

Information about exhibitions, honors, education, and more

(c) 2021 Martha Schermerhorn, All Rights Reserved


2013 – Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyoming

Grants and Awards  

2019 – Art of the Book, Honorable Mention, Rochester Public Library

2014 – Best in Show, Mixed Media, Artists Row, Rochester Public Market

2012 – Honorable Mention, National Women's Exhibition, Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2008 – Honorable Mention, Marin MoCa, Marin County, California

2008 – Best in Show, Mixed Media, Artists Row, Rochester Public Market

2001 – Ida Abrams Louis Award, 58th Fingerlakes Exhibition, Rochester, NY

1997 – Photography Grant, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca NY



Tiny Demons, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA


Arena Group Anniversary Exhibition, MuCC Gallery, Rochester, NY


Art of the Book – Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY

Place Setting – The Yards Collective, Rochester, NY

Camera Phone Colloquy – Flower City Arts Center, Rochester, NY


Hey Diddle, Diddle – Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver CO

Hat Matters – A Different Path Gallery, Brockport, NY

Swipe Right, Swipe Left – Cat Clay, Rochester, NY


Destiny – iGallery Kathy Clem – Rochester, NY

After Dark – Greg Moon Gallery – Taos, NM

Alters – MuCC Gallery, Rochester, NY


3rd Annual Juried Artists Book Exhibition – WoCa, Fort Worth, TX

Lost Footprint – Mount Dora Center for the Arts – Mount Dora, FL

Collaborations, Arena Art Group – Patricia O'Keefe Ross Gallery, Rochester, NY


Arena Art Group – Williams Gallery, Rochester, NY

Arena at the Movies – Little Theater Gallery, Rochester, NY


Degenerate Revival – Dichotomy Gallery, Rochester, NY


Faces – Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE

Connections – R.I.T. University Gallery, Rochester, NY


Sands of Time – A Different Path Gallery, Brockport, NY

National Women's Exhibition - Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Anything Goes – Black Radish Gallery, Rochester, NY

Scripts and Systems – Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY


Inner Dialogues – Art and Music Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Xtravagant Lies – North Bank Gallery, Vancouver, WA

Diverse Approaches – Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Whimsical Art – Rubino's Gallery, Rochester, NY

Another Man's Treasure – A Different Path Gallery, Brockport, NY


Pandora's Box, – Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Women & Books: Uncovered – A Decade Later, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC


Assume Nothing – Union Street Gallery, Chicago Hts, IL

Cabinets of Curiosities, Solo Exhibition – Crocus Clay Works, Rochester, NY

Peter's Picks – Image City Gallery, Rochester, NY


2008 Women's National Exhibition – Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Realities and Illusions – Marin MoCa, Marin County, CA

Urban Artifacts – Guest Artist, Image City Gallery, Rochester, NYExhibitions 2007

The Kaaren, Ann and Martha Show – Williams Gallery, Rochester, NY

The Game Show – Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, Portland, OR

2007 Women's National Exhibition – Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY


Aha! Epiphanies & Breakthroughs – Union Street Gallery, Chicago Hts., IL

Arena Group Show – Dyer Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Holiday Exhibition – Image City Gallery, Rochester, NY


Paper Trail – Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Women, Words and Images – Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY


The Seven Deadly Sins – New Century Artist's Inc., NY, NY

Women's History Month National Exhibit – Boise State University, Boise ID

Spatially Inspired – Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL


The Ties That Bind – Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY

Islands in the Stream – Union Street Gallery, Chicago Hts., IL


Motherhood – Period Gallery, Omaha, NE

Artists' Books 2002 – Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

The Low End Theory – University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

Threads of Tradition – Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY

Illuminance 2002 – Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX

Book Explorations 2002 – Kingston, MA


Women and Books: Uncovered – Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

Women's Works, 2001 – Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL

58th Rochester Fingerlakes Exhibition – Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Book Explorations 2001 – Kingston, MA


Book Explorations 2000 – Kingston, MA

3D in the 2nd Millennium, Arena Group Show –1570 Gallery, Rochester, NY

Arena Group Show – Creative Workshop, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY


Book Explorations '99 – Kingston, MA

My Point of View – Schweinfurth Gallery, Auburn, NY


As a Matter of Fact – Solo Exhibition, Community Darkroom, Rochester, NY

Saltonstall Award Recipient's Exhibition – State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY

Then & Now – Center at High Falls Gallery, Rochester, NY


Arena Group Show – Adams Gallery, Dunkirk, NY

Books, Boxes And Altars – Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

Dream to Reality – Community Darkroom, Rochester, NY

Exhibitions 1996

Women in the Visual Arts 1996 – Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT


Visual Journals: Handmade Books as Art – Visual Arts Center of

North West Florida, Panama City, FL

National Women's Exhibit – Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Handmade Artists' Books – Cell Gallery, Writers & Books, Rochester, NY

The 19th Amendment “Aftereffects” – 468 W. Main St. Gallery, Rochester, NY


Art as Healing – Pyramid Art Center, Rochester, NY

National Women's Exhibit – Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY

The Artists' Breakfast Group Show – Harley School, Rochester, NY


2008 – “Things I've Lost,” hand bound, letterpress, edition size 100

2005 – “Scenes from the Love Café,” hand bound, edition size 100

1998 – “Cold Hard Facts,” spiral bound, offset, edition size 200

1995 – "(No),” hand bound, edition size 100

1994 – “Reincarnation,” hand bound, edition size 100

Books and Art Works in Private Collections

“Scrap Book,” Sylvia Kleindinst

“The History of Art,” Dirmuid MacDonald

“20/20,” Cathy Smith

“Kitties in Jail,” Lorraine and Andy MacGowan

“del estacy el oror”, John Kosboth

“The Digestive Tract; A Brief Overview,” Tammy Brackett

“Zoe at Six,” Christine Christopher

Untitled Prints from Sally/Ophelia Series, The Saltonstall Foundation

Untitled Prints from Sally/Ophelia Series, Connie Valentine

“Walt Whitman Poetry Sampler,” Shelby Lee Adams

Wall of Faith and Grace, Kaaren Anderson

Gallery and Bookstore Representation

Artists in Cellophane, Art-O-Mat, (including The Whitney Museum – New York, NY; VNL – Lincoln, NE; Cultural Center – Chicago, IL)

Printed Matter, NY, NY

Spirit & Kitsch, Ithaca, NY

Gallery 53 Artworks, Cooperstown, NY

Writers & Books, Rochester, NY

Night of Joy, Vintage Clothing, Rochester, NY

Cat Clay Works, Rochester, NY

Dichotomy Gallery, Rochester, NY


Bachelor of Science in Book Arts, SUNY Empire State College, 2008

Graphic Arts Certificate Program, Graphic Careers, 1990

Teaching and Workshops

Artist-in-Residence, Fairport High School (199x-2020) – Japanese stab binding, screw post albums, edition copier books and altered books

Churchville–Chili High School – altered books

Wilson Middle School Photo Club thru The Community Darkroom – crossed ribbon albums, spiral albums and altered books

Mercy High School – Simple Books

Carter Rec Center – Simple Books

The Art Store – album binding, altered books

A Different Path Gallery – altered books, album binding

Genesee Valley Center for the Arts – simple books and albums, altered books

Monroe County Library workshops and demos – altered books, simple sewn books


Arena Art Group

Artists in Cellophane (Art-O-Mat)

Artist Breakfast Group

Artemis Art Group

Artist's Statement

The book form is a vehicle for my emotions and witness to my personal identity.  I find a catharsis in the synthesis of word, image, and material within the realms of the Artists' Book that escapes me in any single medium.