Contact


martha@mrfa.studio 
︎ @barfaaa
︎ mrfa-studio

Education

M.F.A. Image + Text, Ithaca College, 2019
B.F.A. Film, Photography, Video & Visual Art, Ithaca College, 2009


Work

Graphic Design, Mrfa Studio, Oct 2010 - Present
– Clients have included: Aperture, Artbook | D.A.P., Anthology Editions, Boo Hooray South Atlantic Quarterly (Duke University Press), Bradt Travel Guides, Siglio, SPBH Editions, Turtle Point Press, ITI Press, A-Jump Books, Ice Plant, America’s Society Exhibitions, Vidoun Group, DMINTI, Do Big Things, Anthemis, Elle + Elle, California Credit Union, Coast Medical Service, UVM Medical Center, Clockshop.org, Chicago Children’s Museum, The Autry Museum of the West, the iotaCenter, Echo Park Film Center, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, and more.

Jenny Holzer Studio
– Freelance Design + Photography Assistant, Mar 2016 - Present

Artbook | D.A.P.
– Freelance Catalog Designer, Oct 2020 - Present
– Creative Director & Lead Designer, Aug 2018 - Jun 2020
– Graphic Designer, Mar 2018 - Aug 2018 

Taschen
– Freelance Book Designer,  Mar 2017 - Jun 2017
– Design Fellow, Oct 2016 - Mar 2017

Fission Strategy
– Creative Director & Lead Designer, Jan 2015 - Apr 2016
– Senior Designer, Dec 2012 - Jan 2015


Honors

AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers Awards
– 2019 Book and Cover Winner:  The Haitian Chronicles, Boo Hooray, 2019
– 2019 Cover Winner: The Spectacle of Illusion, D.A.P., 2019

2021 Lucie Photo Book Prize
– Independent Category Finalist: Paralytic States, Kelsey Sucena, 2021 

Published Designs

–Entire Book Design
Stephen Zaima: FEAR NOT, self-published by artist
Whitney Hubbs: Say So, SPBH Editions 
Divining Poets: W.B. Yeats, Turtle Point Press
Divining Poets:  Lucille Clifton, Turtle Point Press 
Paralytic States, Kelsey Sucena
The Haitian Chronicles, Boo Hooray
Coyote & Pelican, Cable Hoover
Re: The Town’s Business, A Group Novel
The Disco Files, D.A.P. (2nd Edition)

Facsimile Design
Obstreperous, Anthology Editions, forthcoming

Cover Design Only
–   Law & The Critiqe of Capitalism, South Atlantic Quarterly Volume 121, Issue 2, Duke University Press 
Sophie Calle: The Hotel, Siglio
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With the Night, D.A.P./Tate
Philip Guston Now, D.A.P./ National Gallery of Art
The Spectacle of Illusion, D.A.P.
Hinge Pictures, Siglio
Intermedia, Fluxus and The Something Else Press, Siglio, 2018
Shape of Light, D.A.P./Tate

Interior Design/Layout Only
Patrick Pagnano: Empire Roller Disco, Anthology Editions, forthcoming
Portrait of a City: New York, Taschen
Portrait of a City: Paris, Taschen

Typesetting Only
Judith Joy Ross: Photographs 1978–2015, Aperture
The Stranger I Become, Turtle Point Press

Poster Design / Mintable NFT 
Bitchcoin, A History, DMINTI + Sarah Meyohas, 2021 

Booklet Design
Serban Ionescu’s Pavillions, R & Company
Serban Ionescu’s Pavillions: Sketches, Models and More, R & Company
Disrupting Racism in Medicine to Achieve Lasting Health Equity, National Medical Fellowships

Catalog Design
– The D.A.P. Catalog: Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Artbook Distributed Art Publishers 

Published Works

Text
–"Spiritco", Issue 5: Goodnight, Plates Journal, 2022
– "Untitled Good Day 1", p. 18-19, Splitting The Real, a chapbook produced by Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020

Image + Text
DING DING DING, Image Text Ithaca & Gato Negro Ediciones, 2019

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions
–"Alarum" PHmuseum x Ardesia Projects, Online Exhibition, 2019
–"Follow My Hand" ITI MFA Show, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2019
–"Interior" PEP Projects, Berlin, Germany, 2019
–"Alarum" Ardesia Projects, Berlin, Germany, 2019
–"Fluxuating Monument(s)" Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, NY, 2017
–"Unassigned" Marian Graves Mugar Gallery at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, 2016
–"PHOTOBOOK 2012" Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2012
–"Portrait: Mirror Mirror" Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012
–"The Art of Photography Show 2009" (curated by Charlotte Cotton) Lyceum Theatre, San Diego, CA, 2009

Screenings

Bluestein (6 min, 2019)
–  Official Selection “BLOW-UP  International Arthouse Filmfest” Chicago, IL, 2020
– "2nd Berlin Illambra Experimental Film Festival" Berlin, Germany, December 13-14, 2019
– "JOIN ME NOW"  Rhizome DC, Washington D.C., USA, September 5, 2019
– "2019 Altered Aesthetics Film Festival" Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 28-29, 2019
– “JOIN ME NOW" Bundy Annex Theater, Binghamton, NY, USA, July 27, 2019
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