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1980    M.F.A  Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (Photography)
1975    B.A. Clark University, Worcester, MA (Philosophy)

One Person
2008    Gallery Naga, Mud, Rust and Hummingbird Nectar, Boston
2006    Boston University, Metcalf Plaza, The Evolution of Darwin
2003    Gallery Naga, They Left Their Clothes by the Water, Boston, MA
                Fuller Museum, They Left Their Clothes by the Water, Brockton,MA
2001    Gallery Naga, A Perfected State, Boston
2000    Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art
1999    Gallery Naga, Earthly Cares, Boston
1998    Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1997    Gallery Naga, Floating in the Current
1995    Gallery Naga, Incarnation, Boston, MA
1993    Ashuah Irving Gallery, Boston, MA
1991    Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Images from Amos House, Providence, RI
              Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, MA
1990    Berland Hall Gallery, New York, NY Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
1989    Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, A Gathering of Angels, Dallas, Clifford Gallery, Dallas, TX
1985    Rhode Island School of Design, Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI
1984    University of Denver, School of Art, CO
1983    Brown University, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Providence
              RI Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
1981    Swain School of Design, New Bedford, MA
1980    Project Art Center, Cambridge, MA
               Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

Group Selected Shows

2007    Artspace, Dresses , New Haven, CT
                Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery,Loneliness and Melancholy, Manchester, CT

2005    Trustman Gallery, Simmons, Artists in Search of the Intangible, Boston, MA
               Simmons, After Me collaborative outdoor installation of rust headsw/facutly and students, Boston, MA

2004   List Art Center, Brown Univ, The Fabric of Light, Providence, RI
               New England School of Art and Design,Stitches, Boston
               Newport Art Museum, The State of Sculpture, Newport, RI

2002   Real Art Ways, This is Then,Hartford,CT
              Gallery Naga, Twentyfive Years, Boston, MA

2001   Wheeler Gallery, Losing Track, a collaborative performance/installation by Esther Solondz, Paula Hunter and Meg Governo, Providence, RI
              William Benton Museum,The Poetics of Portraiture, Univ. of Conn., Storrs, CT

2000    Fuller Museum of Art, Face Off, Brockton, MA
                 Univ. of RI, Faces of Hunger, Providence, RI

1999    Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Rhode Island, The Grid, Kingston, RI
              Gallery Dorita, Terra Firma, Atlanta, GA

1998    Wyner Museum, Women Whose Lives Span the Century, Boston, MA
              Gallery Naga, Depth and Illusion: Varieties of Abstract Space, Boston,MA

1997    Gallery Naga, Autobiography, Boston Atrium Gallery
             Traces of Healing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1995    Gallery NAGA, Prints (interpreted generously), Boston, MA
              New Art Center, The Symbolic Field, Newton, MA

1994    Museum of Art, R.I. School of Design, Contemporary Art in RI
              Providence Kristina Wasserman Gallery, Esther Solondz and Ronald Ehrlich, Providence, RI

1993    DeCordova Museum, Eleven Artists, Eleven Visions, Lincoln, MA
              Janet Borden Gallery, Big Girls, New York, NY
             Lyman Allyn Museum, Choice of Painting (1992 NEFA fellows), New London, CT
             Gallery Naga, Esther Solondz, Ron Rizzi, and Peter Madden, Boston, MA
             Carriage Barn Gallery, Unfettered Photographs, New Canaan, CT

1992    Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery, 1992 NEFA/NEA Fellowship Recipients, Boston, MA
             Charter Oak Cultural Center Gallery, Spiritual Cargo - Shamanistic Manifestations, Hartford, CT
             Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island Photography; Traditions and Innovations, Newport, RI

1990    Jones and Hobbs Gallery, Three Women, Provincetown, MA

1989    The Fuller Museum, Images in Context, Brockton, MA
              Warwick Art Museum, Context as Metaphor, Warwick, RI

1988    Gallery One, The Transformed Icon, Providence, RI
              The Foundry, CIC Artists Show, Providence, RI
              Warwick Art Museum, Form vs. Function, Warwick, RI

1987    Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island Artists, Newport, RI

1986    Museum of Art, RISD, Ten Years of Photography, Providence, RI

1986    Hera Gallery, The Constructed Photograph, Wakefield, RI

1985    Catskills Center for Photography, Beyond the Boundaries, Woodstock, NY

1984    10 on 8 (Windows on 8th Ave.) Forty Artists, New York, NY
             University of Rhode Island, Women Artists of RI, Providence, RI

1983    Alternative Museum, Overload, White Street, New York, NY

1983    Pratt Institute Gallery, Bridges, Manhattan Center, NYC
             Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA

1982  Anyart Gallery, Recipients of the 1981 Rhode Island Council on the Arts Grants, Providence, RI
            Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Photographic Illusion, Ithaca, NY
1981    Semaphore Gallery, Face/Facade, New York, NY; Woodman Gallery, Six Women, Morristown, NJ
            Colorado Mt. College, New England Group Show, Leadville, CO
            Albuquerque United Artists, Contemporary Photoworks, Albuquerque, NM

1980    Eccentricities, Valencia, CA; Seigfred Gallery, Ohio University, Alternatives 1980, Athens, OH

1980    Little Center Gallery, Clark University, Photoways, Twelve New England Photographers, Worcester, MA

Grants and Awards

2002    Recipient, RI Council on the Arts, Artists Fellowship in Sculpture
2001    Recipient, RI Council onthe Arts, Artists Project Grant (for installation and performance, Losing Track)
1996    Recipient, RI Council on the Arts, Individual Artists Grant, (Painting)
1992    Recipient, New England Foundation for the Arts, Regional NEA Artist’s Fellowship (Painting)
1990    Recipient, RI Arts Council, Project Grant (Images from Amos House)
1981    Recipient, RI Council on the Arts, Individual Artists Grant (Photography)


Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University,Cambridge
Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT
Eastern Tool and Stamping Company, Saugus, MA
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
Numerous private collections throughout the United States

Teaching & Lecturing

Rhode Island School of Design, part-time faculty (1980-85, 1993-94 and 1999 - 2006)
Swain School of Design, New Bedford, MA. Photography Instructor, 1980-1985
Guest or visiting artist/lecturer at:
Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA.
Chester College, Chester, N.H. 2005
Stonehill College, Brocton, MA. 2003,2004
Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn 2003
Mass College of Art, Boston, MA. 1996,97
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 1994
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, 1993
Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, 1992
Salve Regina College, Newport, RI, Nov 1992
Boston Center for the Arts, Oct, 1992
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, Oct, 1992
U. of Conn. Grad Art Dept, Storrs, CT Jan 1991
Museum of Art, RISD, Nov 1988, Oct 2003
Tufts University, Medford, MA. 1987,1988

Reviews and Articles

2006 (Nov. 21) "From Nature to Natural Selection" by Jennifer Ullian, BU Today, Boston
2005 (Oct/Nov) "Esther Solondz, Beyond the Bone" by Diana Gaston, Art New England
(June) "Loss & Transcience, rust & salt, permeate Beyond the Bone" by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
2003 (May) "Esther Solondz at Naga" by Ken Shulman, Art News
(Jan 17) "Artist's metaphor turns tragedy into innocence lost" by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
2001 (Dec 30) "The Best Exhibits of 2001" by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
(April 29) "Boston on the Run" by Amy Waldman, New York Times, New York
(Nov) "Losing Track's Connecting strands" J.Rodriguez, The Phoenix, Providence
(March 16)"Solondz Enters Space where Life&Death Coexist", Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
2000 (June 9) "Art Reviews" by Edward Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia
(Aug) "In Sight" by Burton Wasserman,Art Matters, Philadelphia
(April 19)"Waxing ", by Paul Ryersbach, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia
1999 (April)"Unlocking the Grid", by Gregory Wallace, Art New England, Boston
(Feb 19) "URI's Unlocking the Grid" by Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal, Providence
1998 (Dec) New American Paintings, (Northeast) Open Studios Press,Wellesley, MA
(March 10) "Homages to the aged" by Christine Temin,Boston Globe, Boston
1997 (May29) "Gallery Reviews," by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, Boston
(May) "A Touch of Class" by Ken Shulman, Art News
(May 15) "Visual Arts Reviews" by Joanne Silver, Boston Herald, Boston, MA
Photomontage, book by Stephen Golding, Rockport Publishers, Rockport, MA
(March) "Buried Treasures," by Patricia Rosoff, Hartford Advocate, Hartford,CT
1995 (Sept) "Esther Solondz" review by Francine Koslow Miller, Artforum
(Sept) "From Figurative to Fantastic," by Christine Temin, Boston Globe, Boston
1994 Contemporary Art in R.I. (catalogue) Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
(Jan) “Hope and Prayer” by Charles Guiliano, The Improper Bostonian, Boston
1993 (Dec. 16) “Gallery Reviews,” by Nancy Stapen, Boston Globe, Boston
(Aug/Sept) Ashuah Irving Gallery: Esther Solondz" by Charles Giuliano, Art New England
(March 14) “To the Yankee Tradition,” by William Zimmer, New York Times, NYC
(May 23) “Artist Probes Enduring Questions” by Joanne Silver, Boston Sunday Herald
1993 (Oct/Nov) “A Test of Character” by Miles Unger, Art New England, Boston
(July) “Visionaries,” by Cate McQuaid, Boston Phoenix, Boston
1993 (June 29) “DeCordova Scores a Perfect 11” by Christine Temin, Boston Globe, Boston
(May 27) “Galleries Offer First Rate Shows,” by Nancy Stapen, Boston Globe, Boston
(Feb. 28) “Vitality, personal vision ” by Jude Schwendenwien, Hartford Courant
(Jan. 15) “Pure Energy” by Nancy Hall, Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT
1992 (Nov. 22) “Assemblages Offer Views of the Spiritual,” by Vivian Raynor, New York Times, NYC.
(Dec. 6) “Variations on Spirituality,” by Jude Schwendenwien, Hartford Courant
(Nov. 19), “Spirit World,” by Margaret Plaganis, Hartford Advocate, Hartford, CT
(Oct. 8) “Depicting the Murky Depths of Spirituality” South End News, Boston, MA
(Sept. 13) “Fellowship Recipients-Painting Thriving in N.E.,” Boston Sunday Herald
(Sept.) “Fall Highlights,” Art New England, Boston, MA
1991 (Jan. 10) “Images from Amos House,” Providence Journal, Providence, RI
(Jan) “Images from Amos House,” The New Paper, Providence,RI
1990 (Aug. 2) “Women Show Together,” The Advocate, Provincetown, MA
1989 (April) “Context as Metaphor” Art New England, Boston
(Dec. 17) “Three Artists" Boston Sunday Globe, Boston, MA
(March 9) “Saints or Poor Souls?,” by Janet Kutner, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX
(April) “Work by Esther Solondz,” Art on View, Dallas, TX
1989 (April) “The Angels of Solondz,” by J.R. Compton, Dallas, TX
1988 (Feb) “Icons from the Darkroom,” Providence Journal, Providence, RI
1987 (Winter) “Ten Years of Photography,” Views Magazine, Boston, MA
1984 (Feb) “Two Artists in Alternative Museum Show,” Jewish News, New Jersey
(Feb) “Crossing the Boundaries,” Woodstock Times, Woodstock, NY
1983 (March) “Artist's Fellowship Exhibition,” Providence Journal, Providence, RI
1981 (Feb 8) “Photos: Six Women” The Sunday Records, Bergen, NJ
(April) “On Women’s Photography,” Issue Magazine, Brown University, Providence, RI