Intima: Latin word meaning knowing, within;
intimate: deeply personal, private, or secret;
having a deep or unusual knowledge of; to make known . . .
Artist and Master Printer, Mindy Belloff, specializes in fine book editions and custom letterpress. She has been creating art for over 35 years and printing letterpress since 1996. Her books are in over 60 permanent collections including the Library of Congress, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. A Book Artist with a background as a mixed-media installation artist, painter and photographer, Mindy has exhibited at multiple venues nationally and internationally, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Sculpture Center, and PS 122 in New York City. She holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University with studies at the International Center of Photography, and completed extensive graduate work at the San Francisco Art Institute. She studied painting, photography, and cultural critique with Nan Golden, Barbara Kruger, Sherie Levine, Saul Ostrow, Suzanne Anker, Anne Truitt, Peter Campus, and Gerald Pryor. Mindy is a MacDowell Fellow and has received a National Endowment for the Arts Book Grant through the Visual Studies Workshop, and a Puffin Foundation Grant for her contemporary printing of the Goddard Declaration of Independence, re-written to include “all People.” The newest edition from Intima Press, A Golden Thread with text of The Minotaur by Nathaniel Hawthorne received a Fine Press Book Association Collector’s Prize at the Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair (March 2020), and was prominently featured in an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum (September 2019 – March 2020), titled The Creative Legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Selections from the Phillips Library Collection. https://www.pem.org/blog/nathaniel-hawthornes-creative-legacy
At the Studio, everything is meticulously crafted by hand. Traditional printing is done on a vintage Vandercook Universal III press. For custom designed work, Mindy combines the highest quality classic printing with modern technology. This may include hand setting 3-dimensional type, utilizing digital design for photopolymer or engraving plates, art prints with linoleum blocks, or layering of painterly techniques. On the intaglio press, monoprinting, transfer printing, etching and drypoint prints are created; and techniques such as pochoir, digital imaging, photography, and painting are all done at the Press, as well as editioned prints, portfolios, hand bindings and custom boxes.
A native New Yorker born in Brooklyn, all of Mindy’s artwork and printing reflects her keen eye, extensive knowledge of art history, and wide-ranging skills: fine letterpress, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, installation art, welding, sculpture, glass blowing, woodworking, writing and poetry. Mindy has numerous years as an art educator and university art professor (The New School Writing Program, Palmer School of Library Science, School of Visual Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop, Pyramid Atlantic, the Center for Book Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Florida Atlantic University, New York University, San Francisco Art Institute) and experience as a curator, panel moderator, and lecturer. Archives of ten years of teaching thousands of artists in letterpress and book arts at her Union Square studio, are now held at Columbia University’s Butler Library, NYC.