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

solo exhibitions

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 

selected bibliography 

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.