Inge Bruggeman's work revolves around the idea of the book as object, artifact and cultural icon. She makes artist's books, fine press publications, prints and other text-based art that investigate our personal and collective relationship to the shifting role of the book, print media and text in our world today. She is interested in the future of the book in a post-digital age and explores this through her own work, teaching and the publishing and outreach activities of the Black Rock Press. Bruggeman's research frequently revolves around her interest in the history of the French livre d'artiste and the contemporary artist's book in France.
She is committed to arts education and has been a visiting artist and lecturer at colleges around the country. She is an active member of the College Book Art Association and has served as the editor of Openings: Studies in Book Art, the academic journal for CBAA, for the past several years. She was awarded the Premio Lia 2014 Artist Book Award at the International Artist's Book Exhibition sponsored by Lia: Libro de Artista in Guadalajara, Mexico and she is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. She was a finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts International Artist's Book Prize and received a Leslie Durst Individual Artist Fellowship. Her work is exhibited widely in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at: the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in South Africa (Booknesses: Artists Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection), Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Germany (The Art of the Book), Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis (Common Denominators: An Invitational of 5 Book Artists), Lyndon House Art Gallery in Athens, GA (All That Remains is Nowhere: a Sampling of 21st Century Book Arts) and La Galerie Ecu de France in Viroflay; (Délires de livres). Bruggeman's work is held in private collections and can be found in public institutions such as: the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Portland Art Museum, Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem in Sydney Australia, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Yale University Library's Special Collections, Stanford University's Special Collections, Simon Fraser University in BC Canada and the British Library in London.
- MFA, Book Arts, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, 1994
- B.A., French Literature, University of California Santa Barbara, 1991