Clifton Meador

I am a writer, photographer, printmaker, and designer. I combine these disciplines to make artist’s books that explore how the narratives of culture, history, and place are the basis for identity. Human identity is not monolithic, nor is it a simple linear narrative, and I use the book as a strategy to present this complexity. Who we depend on who is asking; and the book, as an artistic vehicle, offers countless ways to create complex, engaging narratives.

View work in progress on my Tumblr.


Exhibition Interplay: Photographers Focus on the Book 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon, April 6 to May 12, 2020

Exhibition Photo + Plus Coastline Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA, February 10 to March 10, 2020

Exhibition Blanket Impressions: Bread Freeman, Clifton Meador and the Offset Printed Artist’s Book San Francisco Center for the Book, May 6, 2011 – September 2, 2020

Public Lecture Arts Forum Lecture Messiah College, Grantham, PA.February 24, 2020

Public Lecture La photo dans l’art contemporain Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multi-média Balla Fasseké Kouyaté, Bamako, Mali, 14 Janvier 2020

Exhibition Embodied at the Library Special Collections of the Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, January-April 2020

Exhibition Social Commentaries Catich Gallery Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, January 18 – February 25, 2020

Exhibition Double Vision: Julie Chen and Clifton Meador, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, November 24–February 4, 2020

Exhibition Novel Abstractions/Book Exhibition, Reyes + Davis, Washington D.C., September 8-October 16, 2020

Exhibition TypO Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Illinois, March 4–April 10, 2020.

Exhibition No Translation Required-Artist’ Books in Germany/Georgia Trahern Gallery, SCAD Atlanta, March 8–April 16, 2020. Also at the Klingspor Museum, October–November 14, 2020

Two Day Fair February 26 and 27, 2010 with my colleagues from Book & Paper, as part of a Temporary Services exhibition at Gallery 400 at UIC, Chicago.

Exhibition of my work at Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay University,Clarksville, TN. January 19-February 8, 2020

Exhibition of my work as a concrete contractor, Huntington Beach, CA March 12-25, 2021


Education and Professional Experience

Awards and Grants


CV The academic version of my curriculum vitae.


ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative is an international distribution network created by and for artists who make print-on-demand artists’ books. They don’t sell books through the site but provide information about selected books.

Appalachian State University Art Department Where I teach.

Artists’ Books Online. An amazing resource of facsimiles and metadata concerning artists’ books.

Journal of Artists’ Books. A Journal dedicated to criticism and writing about artists’ books.

This hair transplant blog that inspired me to hop out of my shell

artists’ books

Several of these links point directly to the Artists’ Books Online site.

How Books Work Julie Chen and Clifton Meador {2010}

Three Tibetan Bookstores {2008}
Heart {2008}
Rocks, Literati, & Invasion {2007}
Kora {2007}
Avalanche {2007}
Bad {2006}
Tourist/Refugee {2005}
Nameless Dead {2004}
Crossing The Oxus {2001}
Whisky Defense {2001}
Memory Lapse {1999}
Natyurmort {1997}
Long Slow March {1995}
Positive Produce And Negative Books {1995}
Nutritional Disease Throw Rugs {1995}
A.A.A.R.P. {1994}
A Long Walk {1995}
Foxtrot Oscar Lima Lima Yankee {1991}
Sea Change {1990}
Massive Infection {1990}
Anecdote Of The Jar {1989}
Mighty Fortress {1989}
Greenness {1988}
Stampland {1988}
Rising Converging {1988}
New Doors {1985}
Doom {1984}
Great Men Of The Modern Age {1982}
Short Letter To My Friends {1980}

other projects

FiftyTwo Turning everyday life into books: a book a week for my fifty-second year.

Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Printing at the Derge Parkhang In 2006 and 2007, Patrick Dowdey and I traveled in western China, documenting traditional Tibetan book production. The results were exhibited at Wesleyland University and at Columbia College Chicago, and are also available as a print-on-demand catalog.

Partially Enumerating Tibetan Buddhism. Mnemonics, metaphysics, and numbers.

I HV DRM Dr. King’s famous speech, with all the words removed.

Kora Font. A font of walking people, designed for Kora.

Printed Paper. Printing heart during March, 2008.


The Small Pond Published in JAB21 2006

Disciplining a Craft Published in The Bonefolder — Volume 3, No. 2, Spring 2007

Redwood Fences Vs. Cedar Fences


Emily McVarish The Square Published in CAA Reviews, July 2010

Artists’ Books: Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971–2008 Published in CAA Reviews, February 2010

Toby Milman: Access and Closure Published in JAB26 2009


Vamp and Tramp. Book dealers who carry some of my work.

1950s Chicago Medical Banquet {2008}

Private Prison Company Annual Report {2008}

Internet Police Uniform Sites {2008}

Dallas Texas Bail Bond Yellow Page Ads {2008}

heart {2008}

Every Offering {2007}

Kardanakhi Tataroba {2006}

Sapara Monastery {2006}

Nicht Drain {1999/2006}


Clifton Meador