2011   Out of Sorts Design Exchange Center, Toronto Canada​
2010   Fall Group Show  Fresh Paint, Culver City CA
2010   Breaking the Spine  Rare Device, San Francisco CA
2010   Faculty Exhibit Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH
2008   Inside Out  School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
2005   Wish You Were Here  AIR Gallery, New York NY
2002   Artists and Poets  Carney Gallery, Regis College, Weston MA
2001   Multiplicity and Reiteration Tremont Gallery, Boston MA
2001   Geometry and Art  Thoreau Gallery, Franklin Pierce College, Rindge NH
2000   National Juried Exhibition Bristol Art Museum, Bristol RI
2000   New England/New Talent  Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA
2000   For Drawing 2000  New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester NH
1998   National Juried Show Montclair University, Montclair NJ


Artist and author Lisa Occhipinti creates photographs and bespoke sculptural forms that utilize the book as a metaphor for humanity and embrace its physical form. Transforming things rather than always creating anew, Lisa constructs her works so that they lend their own histories. She has written and illustrated Novel Living and The Repurposed Library both published by Abrams. Some of Lisa’s work has been included Papercraft and she is a contributing essayist to The Laws of Subtraction.

With a BA in fine art, Lisa has studied in France with Parsons School of Design and in Italy with the School of Visual Arts.  She was a faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art for five years and coordinated and taught their first summer abroad program, at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland. She has also taught at the Art Center at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH and the Brentwood Art Center, the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Marlborough School, all in Los Angeles.

Lisa received a fellowship from the Clowes Fund for a full residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT, and won residencies at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock NY, and at Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH. She has spoken on the role of books in the digital age at a TedX Talk as well as at CalPoly San Luis Obispo. Her work is in private and corporate collections worldwide.


Selected Exhibitions

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The symbiosis between image and word, a waltz where one begets the next, is undeniably part of my penchant for books, yet also is the fuel of my practice. Concerned with our individual identities as the world becomes more homogenized, I am interested in encapsulated moments, singular stories and sequences of information that italicize the humanity of the individual and draw attention to simultaneously subjective and universal experiences.

I began my career as a painter, forming layered surfaces embedded with words and images. Then I moved from the east coast to the west coast. Everything was new, making it impossible to continue creating the same work. The current work, threaded with the same sensibilities and themes, is the progeny of the previous. Yet printing an image or building a sculpture is not enough. Stitching and hand-wrought finishing are what makes a piece feel complete and are, no doubt, vestiges of my painterly past.

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2017   Chapters  Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles CA
2016   Literally  San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo CA
2015   The Sculpted Fiber  Museums of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa CA
2015   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA
2014   Layered Perspectives  College of the Sequoias, Visalia CA
2014   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA
2013   On and Off the Page  Lamont Gallery, Philips Academy, Exeter NH
2013   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA
2012   Terrestrial Life  Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA
2012   Art of Our Century  Woodbury Museum, Orem UT
2012   Simulacrum  Gallery 825,  Los Angeles CA
2012   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA