Born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1972, Bina Altera completed her BFA at the Art Institute of Boston in 1994. Since then she has had an active schedule of exhibitions, showing her photographs, collages, and other works on paper at many commercial and university galleries. Skilled in a wide variety of photographic and computer technologies and techniques, Altera has also been commissioned to do editorial illustrations for such respected publications as The New York Times MagazineThe Atlantic Monthly, and The Boston Globe Magazine. In 2013 she received her Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Digital Photography from New York City’s School of Visual Arts. Currently Altera teaches classes in the Department of Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts, and does her photographic work out of her studio in Brooklyn.

EXHIBITIONS SELECTED

2013   School of Visual Arts. Connecting Ends, New York NY

2012   Invisible Dog, Group Show, Brooklyn NY

2011   Yes Oui Si Gallery, The Second Dimension, Boston MA

2010   McCormick & Scanlan, new works on paper, Jamaica Plain MA

2010   Baby Grand, Collage Light, New York NY

2008   Gallerie Lafayette, Now it Was, Lafayette LA

2007   Williamsburg Art and Historic Center, Sun Pictures to Mega Pixels, Brooklyn NY 

2007   The Arts Center, Bytes and Pieces, St. Petersburg FL

2007   MCLA Gallery 51, 100 Hours in the Woodshed, North Adams MA

2006   The Center for Fine Arts Photography, On the Road, Fort Collins CO

2006   Wentworth Institute of Technology, Inhabiting an Expansive Terrain, Boston MA

2006   CB’s 313 Gallery, Group Show, New York NY

2005   Victory Hall, Skyway, Jersey City NJ

2004   Center For the Photographic Image, "Photoimage 03", Philadelphia PA

2002   Elon University, Space of Exclusion, solo show, Elon NC

2002   Sotheby's, Midsummer Night's Interlude, New York, NY

2001   The Art Institute of Boston, Sun Works, Boston MA

2000  California Polytechnic University, Digitally Propelled Work, Los Angeles CA

1999   The School of Visual Arts, Horticulture, New York NY

1998   National Boston Video Center, Love and Despair, Boston MA

1997   The Museum of Illustration, Society of Illustrators Award Show, New York, NY

1997   Wickersham, Hunt and Schwantner Advertising, Imajica, Boston MA

1997   3-Dimensional Illustrators, Award Exhibition, New York NY

1996   The Art Directors Club, Cover Art Award Exhibit, New York NY

1995   The Smoking Gallery, Passage: A Show of Contemporary Illustrators, Boston MA

1994   The Art Institute of Boston, Group Show, Boston MA

1993   First Expressions Gallery, Group Show, Boston MA

 

COMMISIONED WORK SELECTED

Commissioned to create full color photographs for editorial, publishing and advertising.

The Atlantic, cover and cover story, New York Times Sunday Magazine, inside story, Fairchild Publication, Inc., text book cover, Stoltz Design, AIGA Boston, poster image, Stewart Tabori & Chang, Wickershm, Hunt, Schwantner, poster image, Zerapushu Inc. / Clive Barker, series of game cards for Imajica, Diablo, inside photo, Harvard Law Bulletin, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Ziff Davis

 

AWARDS

2006   Honorable Mention, The Center for Fine Arts Photography, On the Road, Fort Collins CO

1998   The Art Director's Poster Award, The Art Director's Club, Boston MA

1997   Society of Illustrators Award, New York NY

1997   Society of Illustrators Award, Los Angeles CA

1996   Three Dimensional Illustrators Bronze Award, Dimensional Illustrators, New York NY

1995   Cover Art Award, New York City's Art Directors Club, New York NY

1994   Up and Coming Illustrators Award, Creativity Magazine, New York NY

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY SELECTED

 2013   Photoshop User, article "Past Prime" by Katrin Eismann, feature artist

 2012   Photoshop Masking & Compositing Second Edition by Katrin Eismann, featured artist

 2008   Mac Tribe magazine, artist interview 

 2007   Non Silver Photography Second Edition by Christopher James, Delmar Publications, featured artist

 2006   Layers, The How –To Magazine for Adobe, featured artist

 2006   Camera Arts, featured artist

 2001   Non Silver Photography, Delmar Publications, featured artist

 2001   Digital Fine Art Magazine, featured artist

 1998   Cyber Pallet: A How To Digital Art Book, featured artist

 1996   InBoston Magazine, "4 on Boston," featured artist

 

LECTURES

2005   Lehman College, lecture and demo on alternative photographic processes, New York NY

2002   Elon University, solo exhibition and lecture about my art, the symbolism and the process, Elon NC

Parsons School of Design, lecture about my art making process, New York NY

2000   California State Polytechnic University, exhibition and lecture on digital art making, Los Angeles CA

1999   The Art Institute of Boston, “Educating Artists for the Future,” lecture on the future of art education, where it’s going, and what is needed for instructors to stay current, Boston MA 

 

RESIDENCIES

2009   MCLA Gallery 51, Artist Residency Program, North Adams MA

2007   MCLA Gallery 51, Artist Residency Program, North Adams MA

2002   Lehman College, Artist Residency Program, New York NY