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artists books:

The Bunnies
Knew Better

She's Fallen
Down Dead

The Child With
A Bent Spine

The Four Chairs

The House of the
Man That Died

Rat Poison

Victoria In
The Woods

The Family Name

Deadlines

Angst

Hideous Bliss

Danse Macabre

Dog That Bit Son

The Favorite
Pastimes of
Rotten Children

Old Perverts and
Small Animals

Death Made Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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biography

Eileen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase in 1984, where she majored in Drawing and Painting. She is currently employed full-time as a graphic designer. Since 1987, Eileen has been creating artists’ books that she writes, illustrates, self-publishes and hand binds. An early interest in children's books made a lasting impression on how Eileen perceives and represents the world. In creating her artists books, she tries to emulate the look and feel of children’s books while also tackling issues that are more adult in nature. Her subject matter tends to be on the dark side, often dealing with death or life's cruelties. She enjoys the contrast between black and white, beauty and ugliness, sadness and humor and uses dualism as a means to find balance within her work. Eileen is an artist member of The Center for Book Arts and Central Booking also represents her work. The handmade edition of The Child With A Bent Spine is featured in 1000 Artists' Books; a coffee table book about artists' books. Her books are part of The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives and have been included in exhibitions and collections worldwide.

exhibitions & symposiums

November 24 - December 11, 2016
Central Booking, New York, New York
Ornament – A group exhibition of mixed media works that measured 10 inches x 10 inches or less in celebration of the Holiday Season of gift giving. Eileen's Darwin Finch, box, sculpted bird with label and edition card; handmade edition of 2, was included in the show. Exhibition co-curated by Stephanie Young and Young Coulter.

August 13 – August 23, 2015
Central Booking, New York, New York
Starting Small – A group exhibition of mixed media works that measured 6 inches or less. Eileen's The Wicked Hand of Fate, book/box with sculpted hand and fate cards; handmade edition of 2, was included in the show. Exhibition curated by Danielle Grega.

September 22 – December 29, 2013
Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
Eileen's two books She's Fallen Down Dead handmade edition of 20 and The Child With A Bent Spine handmade edition of 20 were included among a diverse group of artists books. Exhibition curated by Dorothea Fleiss.

August 1, 2012
The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York
ARTIST TALKS – Four artists: Shana Agid, Eileen Arnow-Levine, Ana Cordiero and Thomas Parker Williams discussed their work and the piece that was chosen for the exhibition Tell Me How You REALLY Feel: Diaristic Tendencies. Eileen discussed what inspired and motivated her to create She's Fallen Down Dead.

July 11 – September 22, 2012
The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York
Tell Me How You REALLY Feel: Diaristic Tendencies – A group exhibition of artists books inspired by the concept or content of graphic novels, memoirs or travel journals with a strong graphic presence.
She's Fallen Down Dead handmade edition of 20 and She's Fallen Down Dead saddle stitched edition of 200

November 16, 2011 – February 15, 2012
Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia
Apocryphal, Traditional et al – A group exhibition of artists books curated by Jon Coffelt and Shannon Morris.
The Night The Lobster Telephone Rang handmade edition of 200 – A collaborative artists book by Judith Mallin and Eileen Arnow-Levine, conceived and written by Judith Mallin, photography, design and handbinding by Eileen Arnow-Levine

July 6th – September 10th, 2011
The Center for Book Arts, New York, New York, and exhibition also traveled to:The Savannah College of Arts and Design (Fall 2011), Museum of Printing History (Spring/Summer 2012), Lafayette College (Fall 2012), The Book Club of California (Winter 2013)
Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts – A group exhibition marking the culmination of a three-year process during which the Center completed a detailed study and documentation of its fine art collections.
Death Made Simple & The Favorite Pastimes of Rotten Children, Old Perverts and Small Animals – Eileen’s first 2 artists books

November 3rd – December 1st, 2010
LDR Studio Gallery, Bronx, New York
Visions of Horror 2 – A group exhibition of multi-media art based on the themes of horror movies and old Halloween.
Eliza’s Last Halloween – pen and ink drawing

April 23rd – May 21st, 2010
Plaza dei libri immaginati, Loring Art Library and Centro Civico Pati LLimona, Barcelona, Spain
III Festival de libro de artista y de las pequeñas ediciones – Human Book – An international group exhibition of artists’ books that began as a one day festival and was followed by two subsequent exhibitions also in Barcelona, Spain.
She’s Fallen Down Dead – saddle stitched artists book, edition of 200

March 12th – April 23rd, 2010
Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
A Reader’s Art / 10th Anniversary – a group show celebrating the book as art.
She’s Fallen Down Dead – handmade artists book, edition of 20.

September 2009 - Present
Central Booking, Brooklyn, New York
She’s Fallen Down Dead – handmade book, edition of 20, She’s Fallen Down Dead – saddle stitched artists book, edition of 200, and Floating Above & Head First – two digital prints in Gallery 1 – a group space devoted to artists books and prints.

September 2007 - July 2008
Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
Play – Year-long group exhibition of artwork relating to the theme of child’s play.
The Child With a Bent Spine – handmade book/box edition of 20 and saddle stitched edition of 200.

February 21, 2008
Book Revue, Huntington, New York
The Heckscher Museum of Art – Voices and Visions Symposium
Books As Art
– A discussion on creating, reviewing and collecting artists’ books with presentations by three panelists: book artist Eileen Arnow-Levine, book artist Ellen Wallenstein and Museum of Modern Art librarian Jennifer Tobias.

June 6 - September 15, 2007
Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn, New York
Singular Objects – from The Artistsbook Library and Kentler Flat Files at Proteus Gowanus – Group exhibition featuring 3 of Eileen’s handmade books and box editions: The Child With a Bent Spine – handmade book and box, edition of 20, The Four Chairs – handmade book, edition of 25, The House of The Man That Died – handmade book, collaborative edition of 10, handmade by David Keyes, written and illustrated by Eileen Arnow-Levine

September 2006 - July 2007
Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
Library – Year-Long Interdisciplinary Library Exhibit
Group exhibition featuring 9 of Eileen’s saddle stitched editions: The Child With a Bent Spine, The Four Chairs, The House of The Man That Died, Rat Poison, Victoria In The Woods, The Family Name, Deadlines, Dog That Bit Son/First Hand and Danse Macabre.

October 27, 2006
Deleon White Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
The Royal Sarcophagus Society 4th Annual Soiree – Dia de los Muertos – Group show of art inspired by the theme of The Day of the Dead.
Sugar Skulls – mixed media drawing

July 2005 to September 2005
The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition – Broadside project & group exhibition celebrating the diversity of The Center For Book Arts’ artist members and the Center’s 30th Anniversary
She’s Fallen Down Dead (Self-Portrait with Rats) – edition of 100 broadsides

June 2004 to August 2004
The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York
2004 Artist Members Juried Exhibition – Non-thematic show of artists’ books created by a select group of The Center For Book Arts’ artist members
The Four Chairs – 250 saddle stitched edition

June 2001 to July 2001
The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York
Annual Artist Members Show – Non-thematic show of artists’ books created by a select group of The Center For Book Arts’ artist members
The House of the Man That Died – collaborative edition of 10 handmade books
written and illustrated by Eileen Arnow-Levine, handmade by David Keyes

February 2000
Galleri Laboratoriet, Stockholm, Sweden
Put Any Message Here – Non-thematic International group show of artists’ artwork silk screened on t-shirts specially produced for the exhibition
M. Mann – two color narrative illustration

June to September 1998 October to December 1998
The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York and Charles E. Shain Library, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut
Annual Artist Members Show – Non-thematic show of artists’ books created by a select group of The Center For Book Arts’ artist members; exhibited at The Center For Book Arts and Connecticut College
Rat Poison – artist’s proof edition

August 1997
Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina
Red Lips *Red Ass – Group show of art inspired by and depicting sock monkeys
Untitled – colored pencil drawing of sock monkey collection

April to June 1996
The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York
Grimm & Grimmer – Group show of artists’ books revealing the darker side of childhood
Victoria In The Woods – handmade edition of 25

April 1996
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, New York
Counter Intelligence Exhibition of Self Published and Autonomous Print Creations – Group show of independent press works
Angst and Deadlines – editions of 350 & 500