“Zimmermann is an artist who works creatively with every aspect of production. Photographic manipulations, stripping, and other pre-press activities transform the project in a way which differs significantly from simply sending finished designs…to the printer.”

Johanna Drucker
The Century of Artsists' Books


Philip Zimmermann is a Professor of Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He received his B.F.A. from Cornell and his M.F.A. from SUNY-Buffalo. He has been teaching at the college level for over twenty-four years and has been making artists’ books for over thirty years. He also works in the media of photography, animation, and design.

Phil’s artistic focus revolves around the visual narrative and a time based use of text and image. For this he finds the artist’s book to be the best available means of artistic expression:

“Static pictures on a wall seem an impoverished way of making an artistic statement after one works with sequence, rhythm, movement, translucency, and the narrative arc.”

Phil has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Fogg Museum at Harvard, and the Yale University Library Art of the Book Collection, among others.


Books with Philip Zimmermann available from Boreas Fine Art:

Zimmermann, Philip.  Cruising Altitude.  Tucson: Spaceheater Editions.  2011.

Zimmermann, Phillip.  High Tension.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1993.

Meador, CliftonBook of Doom.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1984.

Smith, KeithBook 91, String Book.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1982.



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