1969-70 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. University of California, Berkeley.
Temple University, Philadelphia.
H. Wayne Eley, Associates, Hand Bookbinders, New Haven, Connecticut.
Henry Brooks, Ltd., Hand Bookbinders, Oxford, England.
1971-72 Capricornus School of Hand Bookbinding and Restoration, Berkeley,
“La Colonna Infame,” exhibition sponsorship awarded by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Italy, Rome;, the Minister of Culture for the Federation of Russia, Moscow; the Consul General of Italy in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Minister for Culture of the Province of Milan.
“La Costituzione Americana”, exhibition sponsorship awarded by the
2000 Consul General of the United States, U.S. Mission to Italy; Council for
Culture of the City of Milano and the Council for Museums and
Exhibitions, the City of Milano.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral,
1991 commission to design and produce the main altar crucifix; life-size,
cast bronze and wood.
Arts/Industry residency at Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin, a program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center with major funding from Kohler Co. and the National Endowment for the Arts
Art in America 91/92 Guide, “La Reina de Los Angeles” selected
1990 1990 in Review: Public Art.
Design Excellence Awards for “Leaning Toward Light”, catalog for the
1990 Otis/Parsons exhibition: James River Paper Co., American Institute
of Graphic Arts and American Foundation for the Arts.
City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department, Individual Artist
1989 grant to design, fabricate and install a permanent public artwork, “La
Reina de Los Angeles”.
New School for Social Research, faculty development grant
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian
1980+83 Institution- special designation, “Tikal Codex: first book as art in the
permanent collection of artists’ books”.
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowships.
1980 National Endowment for the Arts, Master Craftsman Apprenticeship
Grants, Center for Book Arts, New York City.
American Art Library Award, best library exhibition catalog design
1979 1979, for Adelphi University exhibition catalog: "Hand Bookbinding:
the Art and Craft".
Craft Apprenticeship selection panel member, National Endowment
for the Arts.
public art 2012 Millennium Park, wall panel installations, in collaboration
with MacLeod Reckord Landscape Architects, Seattle, Washington,
commissioned by the Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts and the
Arts Council of the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon.
2003 Creative Council, Milano, Italy
2002 Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, Los Angeles
1998-2001 Millennium Park, Percent for Art Program, Lake Oswego, Oregon.
1995 University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Los Angeles.
1994 Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, Percent for Art Program, City
of Los Angeles.
1990 Otis Art Institute, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission
consulting + 2007- Hortus Conclusus, exterior design, furniture and furnishings with
commissions architect Andrea Croce, Milano. www.hortusconclusus.biz
2002- Erin Martin Design, St. Helena, California.
2000- Randy Franks Studio, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
2000 Steven Ehrlich Architects, Los Angeles, sculpture garden/water
installations, Koffler residence.
2000- Peter Becker, Architect, Santa Barbara
1999 Andromeda International, Murano, Italy, blown glass lighting design
1998-99 MacLeod Reckord Landscape Architects, Seattle, Millennium Park,
Lake Oswego, Oregon.
1998 Los Amigos Cultural Award, design and execution, Los Angeles
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
1996 Mason Phelps Collection, Icarus Garden, La Jolla, California.
1989 Koning Eisenberg Architecture, Los Angeles.
1988 Michael Jackson, Los Angeles.
1987 Phillbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1986 Jean Brown Collection, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu.
1985-87 Sam Francis, Lapis Press, Santa Monica, California.
1984 J. Paul Getty Museum, Illuminated Manuscript Department, Malibu.
1983-84 Women’s Building, Women’s Graphic Center, Los Angeles.
1982-83 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Program Development, Virginia.
1982-83 Nexus Press, Hand Bookbinding for Artists Program, Atlanta.
1982 National Endowment for the Arts, site evaluator for artists’
1981 Center for Editions and the Art of the Book, State University of New
1980 Michael Singer, Sperone Westwater Fisher, New York City.
1980 Metropolitan Opera Company, New York City.
1975 Larry Rivers and Tatyana Grosman, Universal Limited Art Editions,
West Islip, NewYork.
2010 “La Colonna Infame, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky,” exhibition catalog, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Erarta, St. Petersburg, Russia. Essays by Mikhail Ovchinnikov, director and Svetlana Darsalia. Russian, Italian, English with installation photographs. “Ariel Soule and Simon Toparovsky: A Letter from the Renaissance,
2008 the Double Soul”, booklet for the UCLA exhibition. In collaboration
with Horn Press/UCLA. Johanna Drucker: letterpress printed covers on mold-made paper, text on paper and vellum, hand-sewn, edition of 300. Essay by Gianni Donatelli.
"COMBOS", Soulé+Toparovsky, catalog for the exhibition, Palazzo
2007 Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery, Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy.
Creative Council /Agema Publications, Milan.
“Religio and Los Angeles’s Crucifix: an interview with Simon
2007 Toparovsky”, by art historian Damon Willick, on the Cathedral
Crucifix and contemporary art. Images and critical essay for Spiritus
Journal, The Johns Hopkins University Press.
“Qui, del Dicibile”, catalogs for the exhibition, installation in Chiesa
2003 Santa Maria Incoronata, Naples, Italy. Essays by art critic Tommaso
Trini, Milano and art historian Damon Willick, Los Angeles.
“La Costituzione Americana”, catalog for a work in four hands,
2003 sculpture and painting installation with Ariel Soulé, Chiesa di S. Paolo
Converso, Milano, Italy. Essays and poetry..
“Ex Occidente Lux”, brochure for first solo exhibition in Italy, at
1995 Franco Rossi Gallery, Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia. Essay by art
critic, Eugenio Schatz, Milano.
"Flight of Icarus", catalog of solo exhibition, Lizardi/Harp Gallery.
1990 Essay by Robert Barrett.
“Leaning Toward Light”, catalog celebrating the unveiling of “La
1981 Reina de Los Angeles” and concurrent solo exhibition at
Otis/Parsons North Gallery. Foreword by Dean Roger Workman and essay by Eudorah M. Moore.
Fine Print Magazine, San Francisco, California, “Featured Bookwork:
1979 Beaubourg Book”, explaining collaborative work through the Artist’s
Book Consulting Service.
“Hand Bookbinding: the Art and Craft”, catalog of the Adelphi
University exhibition, technical and historical perspectives, Adelphi
selected lectures + workshops
Getty Museum/UCLA Focus Tours—a program organized to contextualize the Soulé and Toparovsky contemporary workshops installation "A Letter from the Renaissance" with historically important works in the Getty Collection.
Pepperdine University, Art History Series. “Imagining Making Jesus”
2004 J. Paul Getty Museum, a presentation: “Imagining Making Jesus”
(Toparovsky) for "Imagining Christ: Intersections of Art and Theology”, a panel discussion moderated by Professor Jack Miles, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, Los Angeles.
American Art Libraries Society, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,
2003 “Making the Crucifix”, Los Angeles.
The Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
1998 American Association of Museums, Los Angeles.
1996 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.
1994 Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), Los Angeles.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan , Wisconsin. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
1986-95 Yale University, School of Art, Graduate Studies Program in Design,
Scripps College, Claremont Graduate School, California.
1984 University of California, Los Angeles, Design Department.
Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles. Long Beach Museum, California.
1983 Memphis College of Art, Tennessee.
Women’s Graphic Center, Los Angeles. Nexus Press, Atlanta.
State Department of Education, Richmond, Virginia.
1982 University of Alaska, Anchorage.
1982 Alaska Association for the Arts, Fairbanks.
1982 Los Angeles County Museum.
Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage.
“Bookworks: 1982”, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia.
1979 Georgia Council on the Arts, Atlanta.
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Virginia Museum, artist-in-residence, Richmond. Richmond Printmaking Workshop, Virginia. Designer Bookbinders, London, England.
1979 Adelphi University, Fine Arts Library, Garden City, New York.
1979 Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia.
1976-81 International Board on Books for Young People, London, England.
Center for Book Arts, New York City.
For “Qui, del Dicibile”, Chiesa Santa Maria Incoronata, film produced by Randall Boyd, Terra Firma Productions, Los Angeles; camera
by LeonardoExtra, Laura and Luigi Rotondo, Rome; camera, Federica Savarese, Napoli; original music, Giovanni Rotondo, Los Angeles/Napoli (on YouTube)
“Qui, del Dicibile”, an original film by Nicolangelo Gelormini,
2005 sponsored by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome (on
For "La Costituzione Americana", filmed and edited by Alejandro
Lightowler Stalberg, produced by Randall Boyd, Terra Firma
Production (on YouTube).
University of California, Los Angeles, College of Art, visiting professor.
Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, co- founder Laboratory Press.
Richmond Printmaking Workshop, Hand Bookbinding for Artists, Virginia.
Center for Book Arts, faculty director for the apprenticeship program, New York City.
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut.
public + 2013 “La Colonna Infame”, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky, National
museum Museum of Contemporary Art, Kaunas, Lithuania
exhibitions 2013 “La Colonna Infame”, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky, Riga
Bourse, National Museum of Latvia, Riga
2013 “La Colonna Infame”, Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky, Pushkin
House, Moscow, Russia
2012-13 “La Colonna Infame”, State Museum of Fine Art, Pskov, Russia
2012 “La Colonna Infame”, Center for Contemporary Art, Veliky Novgorod,
2011-12 “La Colonna Infame,” Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky ,debut: the
Museum of Contemporary Art, Erarta, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Italy, Rome; the Consul
General of Italy in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Council for Culture
of the Province of Milan. Traveling.
2010 "A Letter from the Renaissance", Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky.
A contemporary art installation for UCLA Library Special Collections,
2010 “Sentieri di Pace”, Museo Internazionale d‘Arte Contemporanea,
Fondazione Don Tonino Bello, Alessanno Lecce, Italia
2007 "Qui, del Dicibile" ("Here, the Sayable"), exhibition sponsorship
awarded by the Minister of Culture of Italy: the Superintendent for
Fine Art, Naples; the Consulate of the United States, Naples; the
Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles.
2006 "Evita's Perfect Fall", installation, a work in four hands with Ariel
Soulé, Palazzo del Comune, Teglio-Sondrio, Italy, sponsored by the
Assesore alla Cultura.
2006 Castello Ursinio, Catania, Sicily.
2003 "La Costituzione Americana", with Ariel Soulé a work in four hands,
installation for the 16th century cloister church of San Paolo
Converso, Milano: traveling. Catalog of images, historical and
philosophical essays, and poems.
2000-01 International Furniture Design Fair, Milan, Italy; debut of production
furniture and furnishings designs: limited edition and one-of-a-kind
hand-blown glass lighting fixtures/Andromeda International, Murano;
upholstered furniture and hand-woven tables and seating/Vittorio
Bonacina e C., Lurago d’Erba, Como, Italia.
1997 Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin.
1995 “Body, Mind, Spirit”, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps
College, Claremont, California.
1995 Riverside Museum of Art, California.
1994 University of Southern California, Los Angeles (solo).
1990 Otis/Parsons North Gallery, Los Angeles (solo).
1987-90 “The Eloquent Object”, Phillbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Boston
Museum of Fine Art; Chicago Art Institute; Virginia Museum of Fine
Art; Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
1988 Boston Athenaeum.
1988 Toledo Art Museum, Ohio.
1984 Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum, New York.
1983 Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York.
1983-85 Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia.
1982 Pratt Institute, Pratt Graphic Center/Manhattan.
1981 Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Richmond
1981 Kunstmuseum, Zurich.
1981 Cincinnati Museum of Art, Ohio.
1981 Queens Museum, New York.
1980 Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.
1979 Bibliothèque Nationale, Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), Museum of Decorative Arts (Palais du Louvre), National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, Paris: traveling.
1979 Wildcliff Museum, New Rochelle, New York.
1978 Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.
selected 2011 “Tabulae”, with Ariel Soulé, Palazzo Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery,
exhibitions Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy.
2008 “COMBOS”, with Ariel Soulé, Palazzo Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery,
Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy
2007 Creative Council, Milano, Italy (solo).
2003 "Ex Occidente Lux", Palazzo Zamara, Franco Rossi Gallery,
Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy (solo).
1997 “Simon Toparovsky”, Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles (solo).
1996-97 Allene La Pides, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1995-97 Ochi Fine Art, Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho.
1995-96 “Flight of Icarus”, Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1991-92 “Abundance & Yearning”, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica,
1988 Erasmus Haus, Basel, Switzerland.
1985 University of Chicago.
1985 Dallas Public Library.
1984 Washington Project for the Arts, D.C.
1984 University of California, Los Angeles, Fine Arts Library.
1984 New York Public Library, New York City.
1984 Otis/Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles.
1983 Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia (solo).
1983 Nexus Gallery, Atlanta (solo).
1982 Zoma Gallery, New York City (solo).
1982 Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia (solo).
1981 Forro de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City.
1981-82 Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York City.
1981 Princeton University, Graphic Arts Collection, New Jersey.
1979 Cooper Union, Houghton Gallery, New York City.
1979 Grolier Club, New York City.
1979 Galerie Jacques Fivel, Paris.
1979 Adelphi University, Fine Arts Library, Garden City, New York (solo).
1979 Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1977 Center for Book Arts, New York City (solo).
1977 Yale University, Arts of the Book Room, Sterling Library, New Haven
selected Andrea and Carlos Alberini, Los Angeles collections Gruppo Agema, Milano, Italy
AIGA, American Institute of Graphic Arts
Gail Altman and Charles Boswell, Los Angeles
Tammy and Winton Boyd, Madison, Wisconsin
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral Archives of the Fine Arts Library, University of California, Los Angeles Charles Avvampato IV, La Jolla, California
Mario Bertolla, Brescia, Italy
Antonia and Mario Bonacina, Lurago d’Erba (Como), Italy
Gianfranco Bonpieri, Milano, Italy
Gail and Ralph Bryan, La Jolla, California
Matteo Chevellard, Milano, Italy
Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles
Cleveland Art Institute Creative Council, Milano, Italy Andrea Croce, Iseo, Italy
Susan and James Crawford, San Marino, California
Svetlana Darsalia, Mexico City
Gianni Donatelli, Milano, Italy
Helen Williams Drutt, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia Jacques Fivel, Galerie Jacques Fivel, Paris, France Maria Franchi and Bob Torres, St. Helena, California Gary Friedman, Belvedere, California
Getty Center, Los Angeles
Terry and Jim Haljun, Los Angeles Pontus Hulton, Paris, France Tomaso Kemeni, Milano, Italy Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin
John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Mills College, Oakland, California
Museo Internazionale d‘Arte Contemporanea, Lecce, Italy Francesca Fadalti and Marco Moltana, Erba (Como) Italy Ken Monnens, Napa, California
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
National Museum of Modern Art, Canberra, Australia Alejandro Nayfeld, Stockholm and Buenos Aires Lucinda Newsome, Los Angeles
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
Cynthia and Renato Penna, Naples, Italy Mason Phelps Collection, La Jolla, California Massimo Pighizzini, Milano, Italy
Brad Pitt, Malibu
John Plumb, Pasadena
Princeton University, Hope G. Weil Collection Lynette Prisner and Denise Gentillini, Denver Patric Reeves, Los Angeles
Paul and Paula Reiser, Los Angeles
David Rockefeller Collection, New York City Franco Rossi, Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Brescia, Italy Gianpaolo Rotondo, Rome, Italy
Francesco Rovati, Milano, Italy
Lever Rukhin, Los Angeles
Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles
Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami Beach
Irene and John Scully, Belvedere, California
Scott Shrader, Los Angeles Beverly Sills, New York City Michael Singer, New York City
Dianne and Daniel Vapnek, Santa Barbara Sperone Westwater Fisher, New York City Jim Stafford, San Francisco
Victoria and Timothy Steele, Los Angeles
Studios Milano, Italy
Charles G. Thalhimer Collection, Richmond, Virginia Trinchero Family Vineyards, St. Helena, California Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Capetown
University of Alberta, Canada
University of California, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin, Humanities Research Center
The White House
Harold C. Williams, Getty Center, Los Angeles
Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Pepperdine University, Mailbu
Yale University, New Haven
Virginia Zabriskie, Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France