Lydia Bassis was born in New York and grew up in Toronto, Vancouver and Seattle. She received her MFA from Rutgers University after receiving her BFA in Printmaking and BA in Art History from the University of Washington. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and is held in many private and public collections. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from 4Culture, a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, and was an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont and The Women's Studio Workshop in New York. She was a featured artist in the 2011 west coast issue and the 2007 mid-atlantic issue of New American Paintings. Lydia currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.
MFA 2005 Visual Art, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University
BFA 2003 Printmaking, University of Washington
BA 2003 Art History, University of Washington
2017 To the Ocean, Zinc Contemporary, Seattle, WA
2015 Passages, Zinc Contemporary, Edmonds, WA
2015 New Work, Temple Beth Am, Seattle, WA
2014 Swamp/Tantra, Place Contemporary on Artsy.com
2013 Place and Thing, McCallister Hall Gallery at The Mount, Seattle, WA
2007 Invisible Infrastructure, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
2006 Twinning Two, Naidre’s, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Thesis Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2005 Twinning, Naidre’s, Brooklyn, NY
selected group exhibitions
2016 VERGE, Zinc Contemporary, Seattle, WA (three person exhibit)
2015 The Moon is Free, Arts West Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 Over Under Un, Place Contemporary on Artsy.com
2013 Texas National, Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX
2012 Abstract Observations, Arts West Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 A Chair Affair, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2011 Group Exhibition, Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY
2010 10x10x10xTieton, Mighty Tieton, Tieton, WA (catalogue)
2010 Palace of Thunder, no. 2 Print Shop, Portland, OR
2009 Introductions, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 Gimme Baby Robots, Spacecraft, Seattle, WA
2009 Pigeons Sleeping, Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
2008 Gimme Baby Robots IV, Evo, Seattle, WA
2008 Water Drawings, Tauk, Montauk, NY
2007 Fields, Tauk, Montauk, NY 2007 25 Broad, Cetra Ruddy, New York, NY
2007 Out Like a Lamb, Church Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Minus More, Setton Hall Law School, Newark, NJ
2006 Sweet Baby, OneTen Gallery, Madison, WI
2005 RCIPP Recent Acquisitions, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2004 The Odds, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
2004 Faculty & Graduate Student Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2004 Dimensions, Shane House Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2004 Southern Graphics Print Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2003 First Year Graduate Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2003 Nickeled and Dimed, Quality Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Thesis Exhibition, Jacob Lawrence Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003 School of Art Open, Jacob Lawrence Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002 Works on Paper and Small 3D, Jacob Lawrence Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002 Environmental Art Exhibition, HUB Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
Amity Art Foundation, Woodbridge, CT
The Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper, New Brunswick, NJ
R.A.P.S., Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, New Brunswick, NJ
Southern Graphics Council Print Collection and Archives, Oxford, MS
Arizona State University Art Museum Print Archives, Tempe, AZ
University of Washington Special Collections, Book Arts Collection, Seattle, WA
University of Washington Print Collection, Seattle, WA
awards / residencies / lectures
2013 Art Projects Award, 4Culture, Seattle, WA
2013 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2013 Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2012 Artist Lecture, Arts West, Seattle, WA
2007 Artist in Residence, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
2007 Fellowship, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Morristown, NJ
2007 Visiting Artist Lecture, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
2005 Grant, Change Inc., Captiva, FL
2005 Grant, Artist’s Fellowship Inc, New York, NY
2003 – 2005 Teaching Assistantship, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2002 Scholarship, University of Washington School of Art, Seattle, WA
2002 Scholarship, BHOA Excellence in Art Practice, New York, NY
2016 Xavier Lopez Jr, “Zinc Contemporary Opens Second Space,” blog.seattlepi.com, July 15.
2016 Garen Glazer, “Five Faves: Fine Art Painters,” North End Metro, March/April, 2016. 22-23.
2015 “Abstract Artist Explores Meditation and Murkiness,” myedmondsbeacon.com, November 23.
2015 Emily Hill, “Artfully Edmonds Brief: Zinc Art & Interior Preview,” myedmondsnews.com, November 17.
2012 Anne Ellgood, New American Paintings No. 97, Pacific Coast.
2010 Dan Price, Visual Overture Magazine, Fall issue, p. 14-15.
2010 Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, “Spotlight on Lydia Bassis,” Apartment Therapy, July 14.
2009 Adriana Grant, “Introductions,” The Seattle Weekly, March 11.
2008 Grace Bonney, “Hamptons Review,” Design Sponge, August 19.
2005 Jonathan Binstock, New American Paintings No. 57, Mid-Atlantic.
2005 Susan Loyer, “Crafting Art at Rutgers”, The Home News Tribune, February 10.