Dagmar Frinta
Born NYC, New York

Scuola Niccolo Machiavelli, Florence, Italy 1970-71
BFA, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 1974-78
Syracuse Senior Program Abroad, Florence, Italy 1977
RISD Faculty Development Grant: apprenticeship with Master
Bookbinder Faith Shannon, Corranbeg Workshops, Ardfern, Scotland 1991
Violin Making School, Juliet Barker Workshop, Cambridge UK Summers 1998-2001
Gobelin Tapestry Module One, under Pat Taylor, West Dean College, UK 2000
Double Weave Intensive under Jack Lenor Larsen, ( but actually learned skill from Layne Goldsmith ) Haystack School, Maine
Language Program, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic Summer 2003
Advanced Drawing under Joanne Carson SUNY Albany Winter 2011
Masters TESOL Certificate SUNY Albany 2014

Teaching Experience

Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 1983 (Spring)
Rhode Island School of Design 1983-1996 (13 years)
School of Visual Arts, NYC 1994 (during my RISD spring sabbatical leave)
College for Creative Studies, Detroit1998 (Fall), 2003 (Fall), 2004 (Spring)
Cranbrook/Kingswood Private School 2001-2002 weaving, photography, drawing/painting
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Parsons, New School, NYC 2006-2010/Drawing/painting/color studies Architecture department

Professional Experience

Posters etc:
Conran's Store Chain (Terrance Conran Great Britain and the US)- Christmas promotional poster and stockholder gifts 1982
PBS Mobil Masterpiece Theater- “MYSTERY! Miss Morrison's Ghosts” NYC bus shelter poster
Included in group Calendars for DNP, Tokyo, Japan
United States Information Agency- US Embassy posters of William Faulkner and Edith Wharton
“Providence Convergence” Poster, the City of Providence R.I. - Hand letterpress, paint, and pin-hole camera collage
Museum of Modern Art, NYC - Christmas Card produced by the museum, sold in gift shop there 1980-1984 "Madonna"
Herman Miller Designer Furniture Catalog- painting of Nelson Table 1986

Book Jackets:

Pantheon, Avventura, Random House, Harper and Row, Simon Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, David Godine, etc. Authors include: Anita Brookner: "The Debut", Robert Musil: "Young Torless", Giuseppe Lampedusa: "The Leopard", Charles Portis "Masters of Atlantis", Jiri Grusa: "The Questionaire", Ethan Canin: "Emperor of the Air", Daniel Menaker: "The Old Left", Humberto Constantini: "The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis" and "The Gods, the Little Guys, and the Police", Rumer Godden "The Battle of the Villa Fiorita", "An Episode of Sparrows", and "The Greengage Summer", Arthur A. Cohen "An Admirable Woman", Margery Sharp "The Sun in Scorpio" Franklin Library-"Murder Must Advertise" Dorothy Sayers, Franklin Library-Sherwood Anderson: "Three Plays", Franklin Library- E.T.A. Hoffman: "Tales of Hoffman", Franklin Library- Joseph Conrad "Eight Tales" "I,Vampire", Jody Scott, Vintage, "Finding Signs", Sharlene Baker, Alfred A. Knopf, etc. ( and more )

Editorial works:

New Yorker Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Time Magazine, RollingStone Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, etc. ( many more)

Gallery Shows, Awards and Residencies

NYC Art Director's Club Annual National Awards Silver Medal 1983

6 Page article in Graphis Magazine #240, Zurich, Switzerland 1985

Two-person show, Gallerie Jiri Trnka, Plzen, Czech Republic 1992

Visiting Scholar/Artist, The American Academy in Rome, Italy Sept.-Dec. 2004
"Research on Etruscan Proportions"

Invitational Design Charrette/Residency for ArtOmi, Ghent, N.Y. Dec. 2006

Group Show, Richard Sena Gallery, Hudson, NY Dec. 2006 –Mar. 2007


Travel Research Trips:

Aruba, Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hongkong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Yugoslavia. (Travels include extended year-long and half year-long stays)


Custom bookbinding and portfolio fabrication for private and business clients
Daidalos 56: Berlin architectural journal. " Magic of Materials" Interviewed in an article by Lynette Widder


Detail-oriented architectural prep work ( in supportive technical, non-design capacity) including wall installation for musician Lou Reed; preparation of cast ceramic light fixtures for “Meadow” restaurant, Hong Kong; preparation of linoleum block plates for a competition entry for Pheasantry Garden competition, Prague, gouache rendering of apartment building proposal for Comillas, Spain; the concept of a private garden for apartment building proposal for Menilmontant, Paris, etc.


Library clerk, Cranbrook Academy of Art Library, Bloomfield Hills Michigan. Computer filing, spreadsheets, word processing


Appeared in Elliot Earls's film "Catfish" as Ilse Gombrich wife of the art historian, Ernst Gombrich ( Emigre 62 )


Faculty Parsons New School, NYC


Founding Member, Bau Institute Art and Architecture New York City Workshops, a division of Bau Residencies of Otranto, Italy, with the architect, Paola Iacucci and artist, Marthe Keller


Bau Institute Print Portfolio
Fundraiser for Film Director/Humanist Godfrey Reggio ( Qatsi Film trilogy-Koyaanisqatsi,etc )


Healing Movement Studies ( Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique )
Silkscreen Studies ( Altamont Free Library Posters )
Color Studies


Drawing Studies ( SUNY Albany)
Linguistics Studies ( SUNY Albany)
Alphabet book/Foreign Language versions


Bilingualism Studies ( SUNY Albany)
Alphabet book/Italian and Czech edition. Mopu Press
Bau Institute -The Castle of Otranto, Italy June 1-15 assisting fellows
Prague Research- 3-month residency


SUNY Albany Grad School Linguistic Studies
Printed Matter, NYC group show http://letstalkaboutlovebaby.com/artists/dagmarfrinta.html
Bau Institute -The Castle of Otranto,Italy June 1-30 assisting fellows
Books 1- 4 of Balance series


ABC English-Italian book debuting at Bologna Book Fair as a prototype
Graduate Certificate of TESOL SUNY Albany
Bau Institute -The Castle of Otranto, Italy June 1-30 Assistant Resident Director


Bau Institute-The Castle of Otranto, Italy June 1-30 Interim Program Director






Pop Culture meets Philosophy: The Periodikum No. 1 / Spring 2020
"Six Poetical and Dialogical Strategies" is a five-year investigation on the human condition and the unconscious, presented as a limited edition magazine consisting of six codices, showcased in a gothic-rose-window-inspired glass box. Featuring Thaddaeus Ropac, Susan MacWilliam, Dagmar Frinta, Yehuda Safran, Nicholas Alan Cope et al.
Jutta Wacht and Rene Poelle


Post Graduate courses through the Prince's Foundation: School of Traditional Arts, London, UK
Springtime Geometry School 2021: Inspired by The Alhambra-Divine Unity and the order of Nature
Ten-Fold Islamic Patterns/Geometry
Indian Miniature Painting: Animals
Indian Miniature Painting: Clothing and Fabric Design
Persian Miniature Painting: Water
Persian Miniature Painting: Fire
Persian Miniature Painting: Ether


Post Graduate courses through the Prince's Foundation: School of Traditional Arts, London, UK
Drawing For Icon Painting



Post Graduate courses through the King's Foundation: School of Traditional Arts, London, UK
Colour in Context: Studies of the Alhambra, Safavid Isfahan, Jahangir's Tomb in Lahore and the monuments of Agra