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Gibby Waitzkin is a fiber artist, papermaker and photographer. Her education and training focused on photography, printmaking, and arts education.

Her early involvement with political activism in the 60’s centered around civil rights, and environmental issueswhat we eat, drink and breathe. She was an original organics /sustainable advocate- struck by the industrialization of our world, in particular, in agriculture.

She lived in Washington, DC and worked for over thirty-five years using her arts and design background on environmental, women’s rights and arts issues. Gibby also founded Gibson Creative, an award-winning design and communications studio in Washington, D.C. Her work included campaigns for the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Campaign; Gore for President 2000 identity, Pew Center on Climate Change.

Her family bought property in the 70’s in Floyd, Virginia, where she and her husband built a home, and where she now splits her time between Floyd and Durham, NC, where her her husband works at Duke University. She is committed to living a life built around an environment that is conducive to both physical and spiritual health.

Exhibits & Honors

  • 2018 Continuum of Being Installation, Voters’ Participation Center, Washington, DC
  • 2017 New River Art Biennial Exhibition and winner of Grand Prize from the Nadine Allen Memorial Fund, Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA
  • 2017 Paper with Attitude, Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, VA
  • 2017 The Chair Affair, Greensboro, NC
  • 2017 Floral Inspirations, Hahn Pavilion, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2017 Art & Nature, Sarah B Duke Gardens, Pavilion, Durham, NC
  • 2016 GreenHill Collector’s Choice Show, GreenHill, Greensboro, NC
  • 2016 Continuum Installation, Precision BioSciences, Durham, NC
  • 2016 Intergenerationality, Portfolio of US sixty paper artists for Hand Papermaking Magazine, Washington, DC
  • 2016 Art and Nature: Artwork inspired by the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
  • 2015 Continuum of Being II, Weems Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh NC
  • 2015 Elements of Continuum of Being, Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2014 Paper as Substrate or Structure, CS Gallery, Columbia, OH
  • 2014 Preview of Upcoming Artists, Gallery 117, Galax, VA
  • 2014 Jax Juried Exhibition, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Bell Gallery and Garden Prize for Awakening, Floyd, VA
  • 2014 Continuum of Being, Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Floyd, VA
  • 2014 Expressions, Piedmont Arts Gallery, Martinsville, VA
  • 2014 Continuum of Being, Piedmont Arts Gallery - Solo Exhibition, Martinsville, VA
  • 2013 Trans-Fiber & Paper Exhibit, Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington Culture Arts Commission, Arlington, OH
  • 2013 Expressions Exhibition, Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA
  • 2013 11th Annual New Works Exhibit, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA
  • 2013 Biennial Exhibition, Olin Hall Galleries, Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA
  • 2012 In the Field - Handmade paper from Natural Fibers Show and permanent collection at Morgan Conservatory, Watermarks Show, Cleveland OH
  • 2012 Colossal Paper Show, Morgan Conservatory, Watermarks Show Cleveland OH
  • 2012 Members Juried Show, Morgan Conservatory, Watermarks Show, Cleveland OH
  • 2012 New River Action: 12th Biennial Juried Exhibition, Jacksonville Center, Honorable Mention, Floyd VA
  • 2011 New River Art, 11th Biennial Juried Exhibition, Jacksonville Center, Floyd VA. Nadine Allen Memorial Award
  • 2011 Marginally Floyd, part of Marginally Roanoke, Roanoke, VA.
  • 2010 Inside / Out, Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Floyd, VA.
  • 2010 First is our Home, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA., People’s Choice Award for “Rebirth”
  • 2010 Featured Artists, Troika Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Floyd, VA.
  • 2010 All this I Am, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA., Ise Williams Award for “Abandonment”
  • 2007 The Journey Continues, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA.
  • 2007 Faces of the Fallen, Women’s Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
  • 2007 The Journey Continues, Tai Sophia Institute, Columbia, MD
  • 2006 The Journey Continues, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA.
  • 2005 Fibers of Memories, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD.
  • 2005 Annual Study Abroad Show, Georgia Alumni Association, Atlanta, GA
  • 2004 Annual Study Abroad Show, Cortona, Italy
  • 2003 Annual Study Abroad Show, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Workshops & Community Outreach

  • 2018 Hope Valley Garden Club, Inspirations from Nature, Durham, NC
  • 2017 Fearrington Garden Club, Inspirations from Nature lecture and demonstration, Pittsboro,NC
  • 2017 Sarah B Duke Gardens, Making Paper with Plants, Durham, NC
  • 2017 Penland School of Crafts, Papermaking with Plants and Natural Dyes Demonstration @ Geargia Deal ‘s Papermaking and Print Concentration, Waynesboro, NC
  • 2017 Hahn Pavilion, Making Paper with Plants, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2016 Sarvisberry Gallery and Studio, Making Paper with Plants, Floyd, VA
  • 2016 GreenHill, Introduction to Papermaking, Greensboro, NC
  • 2016 Sarah B Duke Gardens, Making Paper with Plants, Duke University
  • 2015 Meredith College, Introduction to Papermaking, Raleigh NC
  • 2015 Alexander Black House and Cultural Center, Introduction to Paper, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2015 NC Museum of Arts Docent Talk, Origins of My Work, Raleigh, NC
  • 2015 NC Museum of Arts, Introduction to Papermaking, Raleigh, NC
  • 2014 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Papermaking & Bookbinding Workshop, Floyd, VA
  • 2014 Carlisle School Art Club, Paper & Books, Carlisle School, Martinsville, VA
  • 2014 Martinsville Middle School Art Club, Paper & Books, Piedmont Arts, Martinsville, VA
  • 2014 NC Museum of Art Docent’s Continuum Lecture, Piedmont Arts, Martinsville, VA
  • 2013 Floyd High School Art Club, Papermaking & Book Workshop, Floyd, VA
  • 2103 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Papermaking & Bookbinding Workshop, Floyd, VA
  • 2013 Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Creative Papermaking, Galax VA
  • 2012 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Bookbinding Workshop, Floyd VA
  • 2011 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Biannual workshop series in paper making, pulp painting, book binding, Floyd, VA.
  • 2010 Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Papermaking and alternative photography Instructor for after school program, Floyd, VA
  • 2010 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Biannual Papermaking Workshop, Floyd, VA
  • 2010 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Biannual Bookbinding Workshop, Floyd, VA
  • 2010 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Pulp Painting Workshop, Floyd, VA.
  • 2010 Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Paper Making and Botanical Embedding Demonstration, Floyd, VA.


  • 2018 History in the Making, 13-episode international documentary series on the process of making historically significant items using original, time-honored methods, Crooked Horse Productions, New York, Los Angeles, and Montreal, Canada
  • 2017 Nurtured by Nature, story by Christina Nifong and photography by Heather Rousseau, SWVA Living Magazine, The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA
  • 2016 Gibby Waitzkin, My Own Paper Bridge, IAPMA Bulletin, 30th Anniversary Edition of 30 artists around the world,
  • 2016 Gibby Waitzkin, Winter’s Creative Forces, Blog.
  • 2015 Gibby Waitzkin, The Continuum of Being, Blog
  • 2015 Gibby Waitzkin. Creating Forms From Nature, Handmade Paper Magazine, pg. 23-24 Vol. 30, n.1, Summer
  • Colleen Redman. Treasures of the woods come to life. Floyd Press. 20 March 2014. Print/Blog.
  • Holly Kozelsky. Elements of nature mingle in Continuum of Being. Martinsville Bulletin. 23 February 2014: B2. Print.
  • Colleen Redman. Naturally framed works of art. Floyd Press. 14 November 2013: A6. Print.
  • Kimberly Ingram. Field Trip to an artist’s studio. Floyd Press, 21 November 2013: A-1-2. Print
  • Nash, Catherine (compiler), Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic, DVD Video Ebook. 2012
  • Mike Allen. Surreal and whimsical handmade paper exhibit opens Saturday in Floyd. Roanoke Times. 13, November 2010. Print/Online.
  • Gibby Waitzkin. Handmade Paper Magazine, Sarvisberry: A Green Studio, pg. 30-32 , Vol. 27, n.1, Summer 2012


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  • Friends of Dard Hunter, Member of Professional Organization
  • International Association of Hand Papermakers and Artists (IAPMA), Member
  • Sarvisberry Studio and Gallery, Floyd, VA., Owner and Artist in residence
  • Troika Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Floyd, VA., Owner and Partner
  • Gibson Creative, Washington, D.C., Founder and President of this award winning design and communications studio (1985-2001)
  • Institute for Policy Studies; Youth Project Foundation; and the Highlander Center, Development Consultant (1981-1985)
  • White House Office of Consumer Affairs, Carter Administration, production and editorial consultant for Self Help Guide on the Basic Necessities: housing, energy, food and health care (1979-1980)
  • US Department of Agriculture; Deputy Director of Community Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Produced “The Structure Of Agriculture” (1980-1981)
  • East 11th Street Movement, New York City, Community development projects in housing, alternative energy and a community garden (1976-1978)
  • Atlanta Public Schools, art teacher (1973-1975)

Board Experiences

  • The Voter’s Participation Center, Board Member, 2017-present, Washington,DC
  • Duke Integrative Medecine, Patient Advisory Board
  • Green Hill Center for North Carolina Arts, Board of Directors
  • Handmade Papermaking Magazine, Board of Trustees / Board of Advisors
  • Round the Mountain, Steering Committee and Member Artist
  • SustainFloyd, Board of Trustees / Board of Advisors
  • Clean Air/Cool Planet, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • Taubman Museum of Art, Board of Trustees
  • University of Georgia, School of Art, Board of Advisors
  • Duke University Nasher Museum, Friends Advisory Board
  • Duke University Nasher Museum, Campaign Development Board
  • Moscow Studio, Handprint International Workshop Board
  • Pyramid Atlantic, Board of Directors /Advisory Board
  • Corcoran Museum of Art and College of Art and Design, Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Chair of College of Art and Design Board of Advisors
  • Washington Project for the Arts, Board of Directors, Board Chair


  • University of Georgia (BS Ed., 1972), photography and art education
  • Studies Abroad Program in Art, Cortona, Italy (1971)
  • Georgia State University/University of Georgia (1975), postgraduate work in printmaking, papermaking and photography
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