Photo by Andrzej Wisniewski


Born in Antwerp, Belgium. 1952

Moved to California, 1977


Exchange student, "Youth for Understanding," Greene Iowa, 1971-1972

School for Dramatic Arts, Herman Teirlinck, Antwerp, Belgium, 1972-1973

M.A. University of Antwerp. Magna Cum Laude, 1977

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Cum Laude, 1987


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Antwerp Fine Arts Museum, the Janet Turner Print Museum at Chico University, Prentenkabinet in Antwerp, Belgium, the Bedford Collection at Walnut Creek, CA, the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi,  the Kala Archives in Berkeley, the Prentenkabinet in Brussels, Belgium, the Worchester Art Museum, the Museum beim Solenhofer Aktien Verein, Germany, the Oakland Museum, the Morrison Collection at UC Berkeley, the Library of Congress at Washington DC,  the Bancroft Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of California at Berkeley.  



Kala Art Benefit 2022

"Print of the Day." March 20, 2022. Annex Galleries. Featuring Lying Awake. Seventh Night.


Studio Visit by Claudine Dixon, Curatorial Assistant, Los      Angeles County Museum of Art, Prints and Drawings

Featured artist in Phoebe, literary magazine


"Through a Landscape of Carbon." Featured artist in Aquifer, the Florida Review online, published by the University of Central Florida.


The Graphic Arts Council at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, gives a special recommendation to my book Lying Awake in the summer newsletter


"Stone lithography and Print-Paintings on Formica" Studio visit by members of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts      (Legion of Honor Museum, SF)


Studio visit by the UC Berkeley Osher Lifelong Institute (OLLI)

Stone lithograph "Lying Awake. Third Night" added to the Library of Congress, Prints and Drawings.


Guest artist. Academy of Art, San Francisco


Work included in the book "60 Years of American Prints, 1947-2007. By David Acton.


Featured Artist in The Georgia Review. Anniversary Issue. A portfolio featuring the Fulgurite Series.


Finalist Pen Center USA West, Literary Award. Translalation with Leonard Nathan: for Cees Nooteboom, The Captain of the Butterflies. With an Introduction by Herlinde Spahr and an Author's Note.

Finalist Berkeley Art Center Exhibition Award


Work included in the book "The Best in Printmaking. An International Collection" Quarry Books 1998      

Honorable Mention, Janet Turner National Competition, Chico      University     

Spotlight. Work featured in the California Printmaker (No.1, 1997)     


Studio visit for the members of the Graphic Arts Council (Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF)


Six-month Kala Institute Fellowhip, Berkeley

Butler-Johnson Corporation Grant


The Bedford Purchase Award. First Bedford Biennial


Juror's purchase prize,  in the 39th North American Print Competition, Boston Printmakers. Collection of Andrew Stasik

Artist in Residence, International Center for Graphic Arts, Belgium


Artist in Residence, Kala Institue

Artist in residence, International Center for Graphic Arts, Belgium


Chancellor Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley


University Fellowship Alternate, University of California at Berkeley

Princess Beatrix Scholarship


Awarded Fulbright Grant. Belgian American Foundation



HERLINDE SPAHR. THE PRECIPICE WITHIN. Solo exhibition, the Monterey Museum of Art. June-July.


California Society of Printmakers 106th Exhibition. Piedmont Art Center

First Impressions. Tsao Gallery. Davis Arts Center

2019 Creating Impressions. Prints from the collection of David Kabakoff. Sixteenth Century to the Present, Kala Institute,  Berkeley, CA

Perception of Place. Curated by Marianne Mc Grath from the works of the California Society of Printmakers and the MPS. Pacific Grove Art Genter.

Regional Collective. Curated by Leslie Jones, Curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Janet Turner Print Museum, California State University, Chico


California Printmakers at King Art Center, Hanford, CA

Points of Departure. Bridge Storage and Artspace. Richmond, CA


California Society of Printmakers. 104th Exhibition. Piedmont Center for the Arts. Review.

Mirrored Images. Pacific Grove Art Center. Pacific Grove CA

Beneath the Surface. Davis Art Center Davis, CA


Dreams and the Imagination. Merced College Art Gallery

Merced, CA

Tenth Annual Arts Merced Printmaking Show. Merced Multicultural Art Center. Merced, CA

Sustenance: Food/Life/Art. The Turner Print Museum. Chico State University. Chico, CA


Twenty Five Original Prints by Twenty Five Women Artists. The Annex Galleries. Santa Rosa, CA

Prints: CA, LA and Beyond. Part II. Gray Loft Gallery. Oakland, CA.

California Society of Printmakers. 101st Annual. Gray Loft Gallery. Oakland, CA


Redefining the Multiple. Gary Francis Fine Art. Alameda, CA

California Centered Centered: Printmaking Exhibition. Eight Annual. Merced Multicultural Art Center. Merced, CA


Ten Decades. Prints of CSP artists covering 100 years. Commonwealth Club. San Francisco CA

Text, Language and Numerals. Sacramento State University Union Gallery. Sacramento CA. Featured on cover.

California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition. Seventh Annual. Merced Multicultural Art Center. CA

California Printmakers Society 100th Year Anniversary. Harrington Gallery. Firehouse Arts Center. Pleasanton CA

Featured speaker.


HERLINDE SPAHR. LYING AWAKE A Suite of Seven Stone Lithographs. Solo exhibition, Faculty Club Gallery. University of California at Berkeley, CA

99th CSP Member Exhibition. Triton Museum. San Jose, CA.

California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition. Merced Arts Center.

Exchange Exhibition: Royal Society of Printmakers and the California Society of Printmakers. Bankside Gallery, London

H2O: Fragility and Strength. California Society of Printmakers. Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, Ca. Curated by Don Soker

Ninth Turner National Competition. Turner Print Museum at California State University Chico CA. Curated by Franklin Sirmans, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum, and Michael Smooke Department Head


In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate and Encompassing. Invitational. Meridian Gallery San Francisco.

CA. Curated by Art Hazelwood.

California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition. Merced Arts Center, CA

Four Corners and a Center. Theatre Arts Gallery. Danville, CA. Artists' panel.

Kala-fornia: State of the Art. Kala Institute. Berkeley, CA

Light/Dark. Berkeley Art Center. Berkeley, CA

A Marriage of Opposites. Alameda Public Library. Alameda, CA


It's Our Nature. The Thoreau Center, Tides Shared Spaces, San Francisco, CA


HERLINDE SPAHR. SOLO Exhibition. Warnock Fine Arts. San Francisco. CA.

Under Pressure. CSP Annual. Sun Gallery. Hayward. CA.


Systems of Sharing: on the Surface. 95th CSP Exhibition. Olive Hyde Gallery. Fremont, CA.

94th Annual CSP Exhibition. Pacific Grove Art Center, CA

Treasures of the Turner. 7th National Print Competition Exhibition. Janet Turner Print Museum. California State University at Chico

Pressing Matters in Printmaking. Folk Center Asheville. NC. An International Invitational.


Li.thog.ra.phy. Curated by Catherine Sullivan. Turner Print Museum. State University at Chico. CA


California Printmakers Annual, Soma Arts, San Francisco


More than Expected. The Gallery, Oakland. Curated by Phil Linhares

Kala. Thirty Something. Three Decades of Innovative work from the Kala Institute. Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery. San Francisco. Curated.


Printmakers of the Golden Gate. Claudia Chapline Gallery. Stinson Beach. CA.


Radical Printmaking. Curated. University of San Francisco, CA

HERLINDE SPAHR. LITHOCASTS. Solo Exhibition. Sonoma Academy. Santa Rosa. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Slide Lecture


California Printmakers. Triton Museum. San Jose. CA.



California Printmakers. Triton Museum, San Jose, CA


Radical Printmaking. San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SF, CA


Faultlines and Watermarks. Amsterdam Grafisch Atelier and CSP. Exchange Show. Curated.

Traveling in California and in the Netherlands


Tradition and Transition in the 90s. Somar Gallery, SF, CA.

85th Anniversary Exhibition of the CSP. Academy of Art College. SF, CA


California Printmakers. Institut Franco-Américain, Rennes, France. Competition

Second Biennial Janet Turner National Print Competition. California State University, Chico, CA

Beyond Boundaries. International Print Exhibition. Richmond Art Center, Richmond. CA


All California. All Media. Downey Museum of Art. Downey. A Competition.

Kala Fellowship Artists. Buena Vista Center for the Arts. SF, CA

Big and fresh. Large Scale Prints. Fetterly Plavhouse Gallery. Vallejo, Ca. and Kennedy Center Gallery, the College of the Holy Names, Oakland, CA


All State Biennial Print and Drawing Competition and Exhibition. Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

25th Bradleyy National Print and Drawing Exhibiton. Bradley University, Il. Catalogue


Substance and Shadow. Our Place in Nature. Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery. San Ramon, CA.

Diversity and Vision of the Printed Image. Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA.


The first International Print Biennial. Maastricht, The Netherlands

Kala Fellowship Exhibition. Berkeley, CA.

California Artists. Manhattan Graphics. New York


Pacific Prints 1992. Palo Alto, CA. Catalogue.

BACA Eight Annual Juried National, II. Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

An Exhibition of Current Trends in Printmaking by Members of the CSP. Art Works Gallery. Fair Oaks, CA

Selected Works. Members of the CSP. Memorial Union Art Gallery, UC at Davis.

Exchanged Impressions. American and Canadian Printmakers in Vietnam. Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi.  Inaugural Exhibition. Curated. Traveling for two years in Vietnam.

Nineteenth Annual Members Show with Emerging Artists. Boston Printmakers. The Art Complex Museum. Duxberry. Ma.

The First Bedford Biennial. Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.


Artists of Contra Costa County. An Invitational Exhibition. Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga, CA. Catalogue


HERLINDE SPAHR. PICTURE CASSAE: Twelve Lithographs on Vergil's Aeneid. SOLO exhibition.  School for Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University.

41st North American Print Exhibition. The Art Institute of Boston. Catalogue. Purchase Prize

California Printmakers. Graphics Workshop of Funen. Odense, Denmark


Multiples. An Invitational. Pro Arts. Oakland, CA

Linda Lee Boyd. HERLINDE SPAHR. Invitational. Lilian Paley Center tor the Visual Arts. Oakland, CA

Curators Invitational, Berkeley Art Center.

California Society of Printmakers 75th Anniversary Exhibition. The Art Corridor. Palo Alto, CA

Western States Print Competition, Ogden, Utah.

Pacific Prints '88. 4th Biennial Print Competition and Exhibition. Palo Alto, CA. Catalogue


HERLINDE SPAHR. Solo exhibition, Pacific Grove Art Center. Pacific Grove , CA. Review

World Print Council Exhibition. S.F

The Ethnic Idea: An Artistic Genesis. Berkeley Art Center. An Invitational

10+ 5 from California An Exhibition of Prints hy Fifeen Artists from California.  Selected by the Southern Graphics Council. Thomas Center Gallery and Gallery at the Center of Contemporary Art. University City, Missouri

Intergrafik. 8th International Triennial of Committed Graphic Artists. East Berlin. Catalog.

• 39th North American Print Exhibition. The Boston Printmakers Danforth Museum. Cat


Cal 86 Print . City of Irvine Fine Art Center. City of Irvine Fine Arts Center. Irvine,  CA

HERLINDE SPAHR. Solo Exhibition. International Center for the Graphic Arts. Kasterlee, Belgium

Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. The Crocker Art Museum. Sacramento, CA

ASUC Studio Printmakers. University of California at Berkeley, CA


Surrealists: HERLINDE SPAHR and Gordon Wagner. Angels Gate Cultural Center, Los Angeles.


Emerging European Artists. New York. All- European competition. Silver Medal.

HERLINDE SPAHR. Visual Metaphors. Moffitt Library. UCBerkeley


Paul Miller, Another Door Opens. Carmel Pinecone, June 10, 2021

Janis Hashe. Points of Departure. East Bay Express. 5.16.2018

CSP Reception. Piedmont Post. 9.27. 2021. Illust.

Carey Wilson, Food as Muse. Turner exhibit explores the art of sustenance. Chico News and Reviews. March 3.2010.

Michael Singman-Aste, Island Arts. A Marriage of Opposites. The Island of Alameda.com. 01/2011. Illustr.

Jakki Spicer, Alameda Library Hosts the California Society of Printmakers 98th Annual Exhibition. Alameda Patch.com.1.15.2011

David Acton, 60 Years of American Prints. 1947 - 2007. Boston Society of Printmakers. 2009. Full page text and image

Gloria Morales, Fulgurite. An Inner Artist's Journey. CSP Newsbrief. Spring 2009. Illustr.

Lila Wahrhaftig, Olive Hyde Show. Systems of Sharing: On the Surface. In the CP Newsbrief, Fall 2008.

Susan Leone Howe, Personal Impressions. Pacific Grove Art Center. CSP Newsbrief, Spring 2008

April Nance, Pressing Matters in Printmaking opens at Folk Art Center. Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine. Febr. 2008. Vol Il. No 6, Illustr.

Printmakers of the Golden Gate. Journal of the Print Word. VoL. 2/No. 3. Fall, 2004

Anne Desmet RE, Prints and Poetry: a symbiotic relationship. in Printmaking Today. Contemporary Art Worldwide, Vol.8, No.3, Autumn 1999. pp. 26-27. (illustr.)

Francis Fukuyama, How to Remoralize America. The Wilson Quarterly, Summer 1999 (llustr.)

Sherana Hariette Frances, Wings of stone (Review of Open Studio by Herlinde Spahr,) The California Printmaker. Issue l, May 1998, p.12. (Illustr.)

Barbara Sloane, Herlinde Spahr's art shaped her life in The Montclarion, April 14, 1998

Fellowship Exhibition. Kala Institute, Berkeley, Ca. in The Journal of the Print World, May 1993.

Carol Fowler, Printmaking Techniques Hit New Groove. Odd mediums include fabric and Formica." in The Contra Costa Times, December 4, 1992. Illustr.

Carol Fowler, Local Art Exhibit Rich with Surprises, in The Contra Costa Times, January 1990

From Words to Art in Palo Alto Weekly, October 11, 1989, p.41, llustr.

Suite of Lithographs to Virgil's Aeneid on view in inner Quad in Campus Report, September 27, 1989.

Ralph Johnson, "About the Picturae Cassae." Introductory essay to a suite of 12 lithographs to Virgil's Aeneid.

Leonard Nathan,  "These two Things are One: the Work of HERLINDE SPAHR." Portfolio with introductory essay in : Maatstaf, Nummer 3, 1988. Amsterdam.

Irene Lagorio, In Pacific Grove Art Center Exhibition. The Monterey Herald. November 15. 1987

Karen Rubenstein, California Prints at the Thomas. in: Zeit, March 1987

California Artists Exhibit will open '87 Arts Celebration. in: The Gainesville Sun, February 27, 1987

Irene Lagorio, Precision Marks Exhibition in Monterey Pacific Grove Galleries: in The Sunday Peninsula Herald January 27, 1985. Illustr.

Artweek, February 2, 1985. 6. (illustrations)


Partners in Creativity? About the Interaction of the Print Workshop and the Contemporary Artist in: The California Printmaker 1991

Printing on Formica. The press as a creative tool in: : The California Printmaker .Winter 1993

About Reversals in Printmaking. In: The California Printmaker (May 1998) beginning page 2.

Of Pressure and Printmaking. In: The California Printmaker (October 2000) beginning page 18

About Printmaking as an Indirect Art. In The California Printmaker (July 2005) beginning page 18. Reprinted in

In: The California Printmaker (Spring 2002)

In: The Journal of the Print World (Fall 2009)

About Goltzius. The Tell-tale Hand. Journal of the Print World, Fall 2009


Herlinde Spahr, Open Studio. Work from  1979 to 1997.  With Excerpts from the Artist's Notebooks and Essays by W.R. Johnson and Leonard Nathan. Lithium Press, 1979.

Herlinde Spahr, Fulgurite. Work from 1997 to 2000. With Excerpts from the Artist's Notebooks. Lithium Press, 2000.

Herlinde Spahr, Lying Awake. Work from  2000 to 2007.  With Excerpts from the Artist's Notebooks. Lithium Press, 2008.  

Herlinde Spahr and Leonard Nathan, The Captain of the Butterflies. Poems by Cees Nooteboom translated from the Dutch with an Author's Note. Introduction by Herlinde Spahr. Sun and Moon Press, 1997.