California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland.
University of California, Berkeley
Temple University, Philadelphia
H. Wayne Eley, Associates, Hand Bookbinders, New Haven, Connecticut.
Henry Brooks, Ltd., Hand Bookbinders, Oxford, England
Capricornus School of Hand Bookbinding and Restoration, Berkeley,
selected awards +
Simon Toparovsky: Vessels and Channels, sponsorship of the exhibition
reception awarded by the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums.
La Colonna Infame, exhibition sponsorship awarded by the Minister of Culture
of the Republic of Italy, Rome; the Minister of Culture for the Federation of Russia,
Moscow; the Consul General of Italy in St. Petersburg, Russia; Consuls General
of the Embassies of the United States and Italy in Lithuania; and the Minister for
Culture of the Province of Milan.
La Costituzione Americana, exhibition sponsorship awarded by the Consul General
of the United States, U.S. Mission to Italy; Council for Culture of the City of Milano
and the Council for Museums and Exhibitions, the City of Milano.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, commission to design
and produce the main altar crucifix; life-size, cast bronze and wood.
Arts/Industry residency at Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin, a program of the John Michael
Kohler Arts Center with major funding from Kohler Co. and the National Endowment for the Arts
Art in America 91/92 Guide, public installation, commisioned by the City
of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, La Reina de Los Angeles
selected for “1990 in Review: Public Art.”
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution-
special designation, “Tikal Codex: first book as art in the permanent
collection of artists’ books”.
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowships.
National Endowment for the Arts, Master Craftsman Apprenticeship
Grants, Center for Book Arts, New York City.
American Art Library Award, best library exhibition catalog design
1979, for Adelphi University exhibition catalog: Hand Bookbinding: the
Art and Craft.
selected public art
Co-Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Rochester, Minnesota. John
and Mary’s Home, permanent mixed-media devotional space.
Millennium Park, wall panel installations, in collaboration
with MacLeod Reckord Landscape Architects, Seattle, Washington,
commissioned by the Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts and the Arts
Council of the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Creative Council, Milano, Italy
University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Los Angeles.
Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, Percent for Art Program, City of
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
Otis Art Institute, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission
selected consulting + commissions
Hortus Conclusus, exterior design, furniture and furnishings with architect Andrea Croce, Milano. www.hortusconclusus.biz
Randy Franks Studio, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
Randy Franks Studio, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
Steven Ehrlich Architects, Los Angeles, sculpture garden/water
installations, Koffler residence.
Peter Becker, Architect, Santa Barbara
Andromeda International, Murano, Italy, blown glass lighting design
MacLeod Reckord Landscape Architects, Seattle, Millennium Park,
Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Mason Phelps Collection, Icarus Garden, La Jolla, California.
Koning Eisenberg Architecture, Los Angeles.
Michael Jackson, Los Angeles.
Phillbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jean Brown Collection, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu.
Sam Francis, Lapis Press, Santa Monica, California.
J. Paul Getty Museum, Illuminated Manuscript Department, Malibu.
Women’s Building, Women’s Graphic Center, Los Angeles.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Program Development, Virginia.
Nexus Press, Hand Bookbinding for Artists Program, Atlanta.
National Endowment for the Arts, site evaluator for artists’
Center for Editions and the Art of the Book, State University of New
Michael Singer, Sperone Westwater Fisher, New York City
Metropolitan Opera Company, New York City.
Larry Rivers and Tatyana Grosman, Universal Limited Art Editions,
West Islip, New York.
selected publications + posts
The Spirit Blooms, Getty Inspired: Simon Toparovsky, a profile video
in the series #Getty Inspired, celebrating creative Angelenos. For the Getty Library Archive. Posted on the Getty website.
“A Jewish Artist Whose Work Is at Heart of Our Lady Cathedral”, profile
by Evan Henerson for the Jewish Journal on installations at Simon
Toparovsky: Vessels and Channels
“A Visual Poet”, profile/interview by managing editor of the Liguorian
Journal, Elizabeth Herzing, with Simon Toparovsky, on creating the
work for Simon Toparovsky: Vessels and Channels
La Colonna Infame, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky, exhibition
catalog, the Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg,
Russia. Essays by Mikhail Ovchinnikov, director and Svetlana
Darsalia. Russian, Italian, English with installation photographs.
Ariel Soule and Simon Toparovsky: A Letter from the Renaissance,
the Double Soul, booklet for the UCLA exhibition. In collaboration
with Horn Press/UCLA. Johanna Drucker: letterpress printed covers
on mold-made paper, text on paper and vellum, hand-sewn, edition
of 300. Essay by Gianni Donatelli.
COMBOS, Soulé+Toparovsky, catalog for the exhibition, Palazzo
Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery, Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy.
Creative Council /Agema Publications, Milan.
“Religio and Los Angeles’s Crucifix: an interview with Simon
Toparovsky”, by art historian Damon Willick, on the Cathedral
Crucifix and contemporary art. Images and critical essay for Spiritus
Journal, The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Qui, del Dicibile, catalogs for the exhibition, installation in Chiesa
Santa Maria Incoronata, Naples, Italy. Essays by art critic Tommaso
Trini, Milano and art historian Damon Willick, Los Angeles.
La Costituzione Americana, catalog for a work in four hands,
sculpture and painting installation with Ariel Soulé, Chiesa di S. Paolo
Converso, Milano, Italy. Essays and poetry.
Ex Occidente Lux, brochure for first solo exhibition in Italy, at
Franco Rossi Gallery, Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia. Essay by art
critic, Eugenio Schatz, Milano.
Leaning Toward Light, catalog celebrating the unveiling of La
Reina de Los Angeles and concurrent solo exhibition at
Otis/Parsons North Gallery. Foreword by Dean Roger Workman and
essay by Eudorah M. Moore.
Fine Print Magazine, San Francisco, California, “Featured Bookwork:
Beaubourg Book”, explaining collaborative work through the Artist’s
Book Consulting Service.
Hand Bookbinding: the Art and Craft, catalog of the Adelphi
University exhibition, technical and historical perspectives, Adelphi
selected lectures + workshops
“A Singular Devotion, Two Artists, Four Centuries”. A program of tours:
Peter Paul Rubens and Simon Toparovsky/Spectacular Rubens
and Simon Toparovsky: Vessels and Channels, Getty
Getty Museum/UCLA Focus Tours—a program organized to
contextualize the Soulé and Toparovsky contemporary
installation A Letter from the Renaissance with historically important
works in the Getty Collection.
Pepperdine University, Art History Series. “Imagining Making Jesus”
Getty Center, a presentation: “Imagining Making Jesus”
(Toparovsky) for “Imagining Christ: Intersections of Art and
Theology”, a panel discussion moderated by Professor Jack Miles,
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, Los Angeles.
American Art Libraries Society, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,
“Making the Crucifix”, Los Angeles.
The Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
American Association of Museums, Los Angeles.
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.
Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), Los Angeles.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan , Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Yale University, School of Art, Graduate Studies Program in Design, New Haven.
Scripps College, Claremont Graduate School, California.
University of California, Los Angeles, Design Department.
Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles.
Long Beach Museum, California.
Memphis College of Art, Tennessee.
Women’s Graphic Center, Los Angeles.
Nexus Press, Atlanta
State Department of Education, Richmond, Virginia.
University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Alaska Association for the Arts, Fairbanks.
Los Angeles County Museum.
Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage.
Bookworks: 1982, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia.
Georgia Council on the Arts, Atlanta.
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.
Virginia Museum, artist-in-residence, Richmond.
Richmond Printmaking Workshop, Virginia.
Designer Bookbinders, London, England.
Adelphi University, Fine Arts Library, Garden City, New York.
Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia.
Center for Book Arts, New York City.
For Qui, del Dicibile, Chiesa Santa Maria Incoronata, film produced
by Randall Boyd, Terra Firma Productions, Los Angeles; camera
by Leonardo Extra, Laura and Luigi Rotondo, Rome; camera,
Federica Savarese, Napoli; original music, Giovanni Rotondo, Los
Angeles/Napoli (on YouTube)
Qui, del Dicibile, an original film by Nicolangelo Gelormini,
sponsored by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome (on
For La Costituzione Americana, filmed and edited by Alejandro
Lightowler Stalberg, produced by Randall Boyd, Terra Firma
Production (on YouTube).
University of California, Los Angeles, College of Art, visiting
Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, co-
founder Laboratory Press.
Center for Book Arts, faculty director for the apprenticeship program,
New York City.
public + museum exhibitions
Simon Toparovsky: Artists Series, invitational inaugural exhibition at photo la, the 24th annual international Los Angeles Photographic Arts Exposition. Artworks installations.
Experience 19. Touch. Jim McHugh Artists Portraits. Forty years of art-making in Los Angeles. Invitational art installation. El Segundo Museum of Art, curator, Edward Goldman.
Simon Toparovsky: Vessels and Channels, artwork and installations, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, Los Angeles (solo).
La Colonna Infame, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky, Jonas Mekas Center for Visual Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
La Colonna Infame, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky, debut: the Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Italy, Rome; the Consul
General of Italy in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Council for Culture of the Province of Milan. Traveling.
A Letter from the Renaissance, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky. A contemporary art installation for UCLA Library Special Collections, Los Angeles.
Sentieri di Pace, Museo Internazionale d‘Arte Contemporanea, Fondazione Don Tonino Bello, Alessanno Lecce, Italia
Qui, del Dicibile (Here, the Sayable), exhibition sponsorship awarded by the Minister of Culture of Italy: the Superintendent for Fine Art, Naples; the Consulate of the United States, Naples; the Italian
Cultural Institute, Los Angeles.
Evita’s Perfect Fall, installation, a work in four hands with Ariel Soulé, Palazzo del Comune, Teglio-Sondrio, Italy, sponsored by the Assesore alla Cultura.
Castello Ursinio, Catania, Sicily.
La Costituzione Americana, with Ariel Soulé a work in four hands, installation for the 16th century cloister church of San Paolo Converso, Milano: traveling. Catalog of images, historical and
philosophical essays, and poems.
International Furniture Design Fair, Milan, Italy; debut of production furniture and furnishings designs: limited edition and one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass lighting fixtures/Andromeda International, Murano; upholstered furniture and hand-woven tables and seating/Vittorio
Bonacina e C., Lurago d’Erba, Como, Italia.
Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin.
Riverside Museum of Art, California.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles (solo).
Leaning Toward Light, Otis/Parsons North Gallery, artworks and installations, letterpress catalog with essays by Eudorah Moore and Dean Roger Workman, Los Angeles (solo).
Eloquent Object, Phillbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Boston Museum of Fine Art; Chicago Art Institute; Virginia Museum of Fine Art; Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
Toledo Art Museum, Ohio.
Erasmus Haus, Basel, Switzerland.
University of Chicago.
Dallas Public Library.
Washington Project for the Arts, D.C.
University of California, Los Angeles, Fine Arts Library.
New York Public Library, New York City.
Otis/Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles
Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum, New York.
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia.
Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York.
Pratt Institute, Pratt Graphic Center/Manhattan.
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Richmond (solo).
Cincinnati Museum of Art, Ohio.
Queens Museum, New York.
Princeton University, Graphic Arts Collection, New Jersey.
Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Cooper Union, Houghton Gallery, New York City.
Grolier Club, New York City.
Bibliothèque Nationale, Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), Museum of Decorative Arts (Palais du Louvre), National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, Paris: traveling.
Adelphi University, Fine Arts Library, Garden City, New York (solo)
Wildcliff Museum, New Rochelle, New York.
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.
Center for Book Arts, New York City (solo).
Yale University, Arts of the Book Room, Sterling Library, New Haven
“a bon entendeur salut…” 50th anniversary exhibition, works from
the galleryist’s private collection, Palazzo Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery,
Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy
Vasi e Corsi, exhibition with themes of Simon Toparovsky:
Vessels and Channels, Palazzo Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery,
Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy (solo)
Tabulae, with Ariel Soulé, Palazzo Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery,
Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy.
Creative Council, Milano, Italy (solo).
Simon Toparovsky, Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles (solo).
Allene La Pides, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ochi Fine Art, Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho (solo)
Zoma Gallery, New York City (solo).
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia (solo).
Forro de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City.
Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York City.
Galerie Jacques Fivel, Paris (solo)
Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Andrea and Carlos Alberini, Beverly Hills
Gruppo Agema, Milano, Italy
AIGA, American Institute of Graphic Arts
Paul Batoon, Los Angeles
Gail Altman and Charles Boswell, Los Angeles
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral
Archives of the Fine Arts Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Buttons and Ridgie Barton, Napa
Peter Becker, Santa Barbara
Randall Boyd, Los Angeles
Tammy and Winton Boyd, Madison, Wisconsin
Charles Avvampato IV, La Jolla, California
Mario Bertola Brescia, Italy
Giancarlo Bertola, Brescia
Antonia and Mario Bonacina, Lurago d’Erba (Como), Italy
Gianfranco Bonpieri, Milano, Italy
Lauren Grace Brown, St Helena and New York
Gail and Ralph Bryan, La Jolla, California
Kathleen and Robert Burnham, Laguna Beach, California
Matteo Chevellard, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, New York
Cleveland Art Institute
Creative Council, Milano, Italy
Andrea Croce, Iseo, Italy
Susan and James Crawford, San Marino, California
Svetlana Darsalia, Mexico City
Megan Dickerson, St. Helena, California
Risa Dimson, New York
Gianni Donatelli, Milano, Italy
Helen Williams Drutt, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia
Jacques Fivel, Galerie Jacques Fivel, Paris, France
Maria Franchi and Bob Torres, St. Helena, California
Randy Franks, Montecito, California
Gary Friedman, Belvedere, California
Getty Research Institute, Special Collections, Getty Center, Los Angeles
Paola Giorgi, Milan, Italy
Terry and Jim Haljun, Los Angeles
Pontus Hulton, Paris, France
Tomaso Kemeni, Milano, Italy
Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin
John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Beth Laski and Andrew Blankstein, Sherman Oaks, California
Del Kolve and Larry Luchtel, Los Angeles
Elsa and Bill Longhauser, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Chiara Trento and Jamie Mai, New York
Pavel Markaitis, St. Petersburg, Russia
Erin Martin, St. Helena, California
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Mills College, Oakland, California
Francesca Fadalti and Marco Mottana, Erba (Como) Italy
Ken Monnens, Napa, California
Moscone Family, Mill Valley, California
Museo Internazionale d‘Arte Contemporanea, Lecce, Italy
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
National Museum of Modern Art, Canberra, Australia
Julie Nakagama, Santa Barbara
Alejandro Nayfeld, Stockholm, Piacenza (IT) and Buenos Aires
Lucinda Newsome, Los Angeles
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
Barbara Pascal, Los Angeles
Cynthia and Renato Penna, Naples, Italy
Mason Phelps Collection, La Jolla, California
Massimo Pighizzini, Milano, Italy
Brad Pitt, Malibu
John Plumb, Pasadena
Princeton University, Hope G. Weil Collection
Lynette Prisner and Denise Gentillini, Denver
Patric Reeves, Los Angeles
Carrie and Rick Reiss, Laguna Beach and Yountville, California
Nancy and John Reinisch, Los Angeles
Paul and Paula Reiser, Los Angeles
Tierney and Rick Remick, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
David Rockefeller Collection, New York City
Franco Rossi, Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy
Gianpaolo Rotondo, Rome, Italy
Francesco Rovati, Milano, Italy
Lever Rukhin, Los Angeles
Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles
Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami Beach
Diane Saeks, San Francisco
Irene and John Scully, Belvedere, California
Scott Shrader, Los Angeles
Beverly Sills, New York City
Corbin Smith and Paul Desaney, Venice, Cailfornia
Michael Singer, New York City
Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewiit Design Museum, New York
Ariel Soulé, Milan
Sperone Westwater Fisher, New York City
Jim Stafford, San Francisco
Victoria and Timothy Steele, Los Angeles
Studios Milano, Italy
G. Thalhimer Collection, Richmond, Virginia
Robin and Alfredo Trento, Malibu
Trinchero Family Vineyards, St. Helena, California
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Capetown
University of Alberta, Canada
University of California, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin, Humanities Research Center
Dianne and Daniel Vapnek, Santa Barbara and New York
Luanne Wells, Malibu, California
Carol and Jim White, Oakville, Napa
The White House
Harold C. Williams, Getty Center, Los Angeles
Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Pepperdine University, Malibu
Yale University, Arts Library Special Collections, New Haven
Virginia Zabriskie, Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France
Katerina Zacharia, Redondo Beach