Irmari Nacht

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Irmari Nacht

Irmari Nacht
Born Unk
Nationality American
Occupation Artist
Employer Self
Home town Englewood, NJ
Known for Art

Irmari Nacht is notable because her art has been exhibited in every major museum in New Jersey, including the Newark Museum, NJ State Museum, Morris Museum, Montclair Art Museum. It is in several corporate and public collections, such as AT&T, PSE&G, ADP, NewarkMuseum, International Museum of Collage, Mexico, Bowdoin College, Jimmy Carter Museum, Cleveland Art institute, and Yale Art Museum. She has exhibited internationally, as well as nationally, and received two NewJersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Sculpture. She received a second Puffin Foundation Grant for “Who Am I?” an interactive project where the viewer becomes part of the artwork. [1] Ms. Nacht is also a free lance artist/illustrator and has her own graphic design studio. [2] She was chairperson of the Banner Committee, Englewood Arts Festival [2]and producer of video tape for cable TV [2]. Her award winning fiber sculptures and paper assembleagues have been widely exhibited and currently hang in the Washington office of Sen. Harrison Williams [2]. In 1979 they were shown at the Morris Museum, the N.J. State Museum, and Lever House in NYC [2]. Her work appears in Imelda Pesch's book, Macrame Plus [2]. A design consultant for major corporations, she has been art director with leading publishing houses and advertising agencies. She is a member of the executive board, New Jersey Designer/Craftsmen, and a member of Sculptors Association of New Jersey [2] and American Institute of Graphic Arts [2]. Her rich background includes serving on the jury in the first Biennial Exhibition of New Jersey artists at the Newark Museum [2]. Nacht's work has been exhibited in every major museum in the state as well as in corporate and public collections. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Sculpture. She received a second Puffin Foundation Grant for "Who Am I?" an interactive project where the viewer becomes part of the artwork. [3] She is a Board member of the Englewood Historical Society and a co-author of the Book "Images of America: Englewood and Englewood Cliffs; Arcadia Publishing, 1998.


Irmari Nacht’s recycled books, a series entitled “SAVED”, uses books that otherwise might be discarded and transforms them into artworks. The books are cut, sometimes into slivers which curl and undulate, and return to the tree-like shape from which the paper was made. They are often painted, wetted, re-formed, or distressed, and change from utilitarian objects to sculptural art capable of many interpretations. Lately, the books have exploded from their spines: a 4” book has grown to 24” through a series of cuts and spirals, reaching out to the viewer with subliminal messages. This artwork, using the book as a metaphor, addresses environmental concerns, change and transformation, information received and denied, altered reality, as well as the concept of multiple imagery, which highlights the strength and energy of repeated elements. Nacht said, "We are all affected by changes in the environment and are beginning to realize the need to recycle to protect our future. I hope my books will increase awareness of these changes and will get people thinking about recycling, reusing, and repurposing." [1]


She studied at NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences [4] and State University of NY at Cortland [2]. Art Students League, Museum of Modern Art [4]


Selected Group exhibitions

  • 2014- Morris Museum, NJ "Pulp Culture - Paper is the Medium"
  • 2014- Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Virginia, USA, "Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art"
  • 2014- Redland Museum, Cleveland, Qu. (Australia) "Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition 2014"
  • 2008- Belskie Museum, NJ The Many Faces of Book Arts [4]
  • 2008- Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, MA NU ART: Art that Celebrates Jewish Culture Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, CT AKA: Object and Image
  • 2008- Meetinghouse Gallery, MA SKIN
  • 2007- Spencertown Academy Gallery, NY Beyond Words - Book Art
  • 2007- Lascano Gallery, MA Ex Libris
  • 2007- Gallery Oms, NJ The Open Book
  • 2007- Center Gallery, NJ The Bicycle Show
  • 2007- Center Gallery, NJ Obsession Obsession
  • 2006- Upstream Gallery, NY Small Works
  • 2005- Puffin Cultural Foundation, NJ Color in the Brownfields
  • 2005- Haddad Lascano Gallery, MA Obsession II
  • 2003- Edward Hopper House Art Center, NY The Birds
  • 2003- JCC on the Palisades, NJ Photo Illusions: Collage Assemblages by Two Artists
  • 2003- 5th Bakers Dozen International Collage Exchange New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • 2003- Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA
  • 2003- Cow Parade 2000
  • 2003- Nipper NJ Public Art

  • 2000- Old Church Cultural Center, NJ Hunt curated by Lance Fung
  • 2002- Coffee, Crones & Conversation
  • 2002- The Birds
  • 1997- Newark Museum, NJ Self-Portraits
  • 1998- Studio 4 West Gallery, NY Small Works
  • 1994- Gloucester College, NJ Papermade, NJ
  • 1987- Morris Museum, NJ Fellowship Show
  • 1987- Schering-Plough Corporation, NJ Sculpture/Interplay
  • 1987- Leopold Hoesch Museum, Dren, W. Germany 1st International Biennial of Paper
  • 1987- Senator Frank Lautenbergs Office, Washington DC Transformations-WCA
  • 1986- Noyes Museum, NJ New Jersey Arts Annual
  • 1985- Middlesex Museum, NJ Art Works - NEA
  • 1985- Monmouth Museum, NJ Double Images
  • 1985- Bergen Museum, NJ Collage - The State of the Art
  • 1984- Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery Museum Shop, DC American Presidency
  • 1983- Solid Directions
  • 1983- Jersey City Museum, NJ Fellowship Exhibition
  • 1983- Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, NY You Cant Tell a Book By Its Cover
  • 1982- Hudson River Museum, NY 67th Hudson River Annual
  • 1982- Pavilion Gallery, NJ Great Ideas - Sculpture
  • 1982- Summit Art Center, NJ, juried: NY Times art critic, David Shirey
  • 1982- Views by Women Artists Womens Caucus for Art, various galleries NYC

  • 1981- NJDC: 3 Decades of Fine Crafts
  • 1981- Juried: Newark Museum Dir, Sam Miller
  • 1981- Mercer County College, NJ NJDC Invitational
  • 1981- Ramapo College of NJ Crossing Boundaries
  • 1981- Drew University, Korn Gallery, NJ Sewn, Woven and Knotted
  • 1980- Space Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea, First International Miniature Print Exhibit
  • 1980- International Festival of Woman Artists, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1980- Printmaking Council of NJ Paperwork in New Jersey
  • 1980- Trenton State College, Holman Gallery, NJ Works of Paper
  • 1980- Rutgers University, NJ Handmade Paper Today
  • 1980- Surface and Forms
  • 1979- Sculpture Invitational
  • 1979- City Without Walls, NJ Innovations: 10 Approaches 84, small works
  • 1979- Juried: Phillip Pearlstein-79
  • 1979- Pratt Graphic Center, NY International Miniature Print Competition
  • 1979- University of Toledo, Ohio Interweave
  • 1979- Newark Museum, NJ Invitational
  • 1978- The Art in Craft
  • 1978- Montclair Art Museum, NJ Paper and Papermaking
  • 1978- Silvermine Guild, Conn 26th New England Exhibition juried by Whitney Museum Director, Tom Armstrong
  • 1977- First Biennial of New Jersey Artists juried by MOMA curator, Dorothy Miller


Her children attended Englewood public schools, where she was active with the PTO.[2]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Staff Writer. "Irmari Nacht". North Jersey Suburbanite. North Jersey Media Group. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Staff Writer. "1979 City of Englewood Calendar". Calendar. City of Englewood. 
  3. Quartuccio, Alana. "Englewood Artist Irmari Nacht to Speak at Rutgers Symposium". Englewood-Englewood Cliffs Patch. Patch Media, inc.. Retrieved 10/11/2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Staff Writer. "Irmari Nacht". Saachi Art. Saatchi art. Retrieved 10/11/2014.