Debra Bermingham was born in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1953. She has a BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and an MFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Since 1978, Bermingham has had several solo exhibitions at galleries and museums. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including, New Images from North Mayo, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Gallery, Ballycastle, Ireland (2001); Painting Abstraction II, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, New York, NY (2001); Contemporary American Realist Drawing - The Jalane and Richard Davidson Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1999); Re-Presenting Representation III, Arnot Art Museum (1997); Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (1996); New Viewpoints: Contemporary American Women Realists, Developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in cooperation with The United States Information Agency, Seville World Expo, Spain (1992), and others.
Bermingham has been the recipient of various awards including The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland (2000); The Constance Saltonsall Foundation for the Arts Grant (1997) and the Louise Nevelson Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1996), among others. She has taught at universities in Washington State and New York, most recently as an Assistant Professor at Cornell.
Bermingham’s works are included in public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Smith College Museum of Art.
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