Bea Nettles studied art and photography with Robert Fichter and Jerry Uelsmann at the University of Florida, Gainesville, graduating in 1968. She has had over fifty solo exhibitions at such institutions as George Eastman House in Rochester and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Her works have also been shown internationally in major group exhibitions, including the seminal Museum of Modern Art show Photography Into Sculpture in 1970. Her photographs and books are included in numerous important collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. An influential educator, Nettles taught photography and artists’ bookmaking from 1970 to 2007 at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she is Professor Emerita.