2018. SF Camerawork. San Francisco, CA. "Forage from Fire" (October)

2015. Luminous-Lint. Online exhibit. "Norma I. Quintana: Circus, a Traveling Life"

2014. Rayko Gallery. San Francisco, CA. "Circus: A Traveling Life Exhibition and Book Release"

2009. Byatt Claeyssens Gallery. Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, CA. “Circus: A Traveling Life”

2006. Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies. Stanford, CA. “Circus: A Traveling Life”

2006. Smith Anderson North. San Rafael, CA. “Selections: Circus”

2006. Katzen Art Center. American University Museum, Washington DC. “Forget Me Not/ No Me Olvides” Portrait Series

2005. Manchester Craftmen's Guild. Pittsburg, PA. “Circo: The Life of a Traveling Circus”

2005. Zoller Gallery. School of Visual Arts, PennState University, PA. “Circo: The Life of a Traveling Circus”

2004. Off the Preserve! Napa, CA. “Forget Me Not/ No Me Olvides” Portrait Series

2003. Miauhaus Gallery.  Los Angeles, CA.  “A Traveling Life: The Circus”

2002. Napa Valley Wine Auction.  St. Helena, CA.  “Le Cirque du Vin”

2001. MACLA Gallery.  San Jose, CA. “Circo: The Life of a Traveling Circus”

2001-2000. ATELIER 142 Gallery.  San Francisco, CA. “Circus Series: A Solo Show”



2018. Art Responds at First Street Napa. Napa, CA. "Art Responds: The Wine Country Fires" (October - December)

2018. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Sonoma, CA. "From Fire, Love Rises: The Artists' Community Responds and Rebuilds" (September)

2017. SF Camerawork. San Francisco, California. "Circus"

2012. Napa Valley Museum. Yountville , California. “Memory Bank II, Preservation Napa Valley”

2011. Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Oaxaca, Mexico. “Oaxaca XV Photography”

2011. Preservation Napa Valley. Napa, CA. “Memory Bank: A Discovery of Old Hands, Old Faces and the Way It Was”

2009. SF Camerawork. 2009 Benefit Auction, San Francisco, CA. Auction Donation

2008. SF Camerawork. 2008 Benefit Auction, San Francisco, CA. Auction Donation

2008. di Rosa. Wild Things, Annual Benefit Auction, Napa, CA. Auction Donation

2008. Smith Andersen North. San Rafael, CA. “Collector Print Fundraiser Benefitting PhotoAlliance”

2008-09. Napa Nest. Napa, CA. “Bright Lights/Big Top”

2007. Bedford Gallery. Walnut Creek, CA. “Carny Art: Contemporary Artists Exploring the Circus and Carnival”

2007. Chinese Cultural Center. San Francisco, CA. “Returning Swallows” Exhibition of photographs by students from Prince of Peace China Cultural Tour and new portraits by Norma Quintana.

2007. The Silver Screen: Spectrum’s 25th Anniversary Gala. Mill Valley, CA.

2006. di Rosa. Supernatural Soiree, Annual Benefit Auction, Napa, CA. Auction Donation

2006. Geras-Tousignant Gallery. San Francisco, CA.

2004. Center for Photographic Art. Carmel, CA  “Frames of Reference: New Works by PhotoAlliance Founders”

2004-02. Off the Preserve! Napa, CA.  “di Rosa Preserve Annual Benefit Exhibition and Auction”

2002. Colorado Photographic Arts Center.  Denver, CO. “Evidence”

2000. MUMM Cuvee Gallery.  St. Helena CA. “Still Life, Portrait and Landscape Photography”

1998. Eye Gallery.  San Francisco, CA. “Plastic Beauty” Juried Annual Exhibition, “Selections.”



1999-2001. Maine Media Photography Workshops: Mary Ellen Mark. Oaxaca, Mexico

1998-2001  Napa Valley College: Photography Degree Curriculum

1999. Maine Media Photography Workshops: Graciela Iturbide. Oaxaca, Mexico

1998. Anderson Ranch Arts Center Photography Workshop:  Shelby Lee Adams. Snow Mass, Colorado

1979. M.S.S.A., Juvenile Justice: Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.



2018. Fire Recovery Grant awarded by the Hewlett Foundation through Arts Council Napa Valley.

2003/02.  Artist In Resident: Youth At Risk Photography Workshops: International Competition Won. The Ministry of Mexico sponsors eight of Quintana's students to travel to and exhibit in Mexico City.



Circus: A Traveling Life, Damiani Editore, Bologna, Italy. Introduction by Mona Simpson, October 2014.

Forget Me Not Exhibition Catalog. Essay by Cristina Garcia, November 2004.



"After the Northern California Wildfires, an Artist Pieces Together a Life." Hyperallergic. November 2017.

"Artifact Art." North Bay Bohemian. November 2017.

"Alumni Authors Have the Write Stuff." Case Western University Alumni News. November 2017.

"3 artists among many who lost home, studio in Wine Country fires." SFGate. October 2017.

"A Photographer Turns the Lens on Her Own Home’s Charred Remains." KQED Arts. October 2017.

"Loss of her home to Atlas Fire inspires Napa artist to create new work." Napa Valley Register. October 2017.

"Circus Chimera -- lure and legend." Accent Magazine. March 2017.

"Circus: A Traveling Life." Life Force Magazine. May 2017.

"Traveling with the Circus: Photographer Norma Quintana returns to NVC to tell the tale." August 2016.

"Exclusive Interview between Ann Jastrab and Norma Quintana." April 2016.

"Friday Round Up | Book Reviews: Norma I. Quintana - Circus: A Traveling Life." December 2015.

"Documentary Photography – Circus, California, USA." Edge of Humanity. December 2015.

"Interview with Portrait photographer Norma I. Quintana." MonoVisions. October 2015.

Steve Pill. "Off to join the circus." Black + White Magazine, issue no. 174, pages 8-16. March 2015.

"Norma I. Quintana--Circus: a Traveling Life." GUP Magazine. March 2015.

"Past Tents: Beautiful Photos of an Old-School One-ring Circus." Mother Jones. February 2015.

Gillian Orr. "Photograher Norma I. Quintana celebrates the eccentricities of circus performers in America." Independent UK. January 2015.

Taylor Glascock. "The Big-Tent Family." January 2015.

"What Happens When a Photographer Decides to Follow the Circus." B & H Event Space on YouTube. January 2015.

Joel Christie. "When the circus came to town: Amazing behind-the-scenes look inside a carnival group after a photographer spent 10 YEARS traveling with them." December 2014.

"Best Images of 2014—25 of the best photos, paintings and illustrations that ran on Curious Animal this year." Curious Animal. December 2014.

DL Cade. "Candid Photographs of Circus Performers Captured Over the Course of a Decade." PetaPixel. November 2014.

Jordan G. Teicher. "What Happens When a Photographer Joins the Circus." Slate Culture: Behold. October 2014.

Graeme Green. "Social documentary photographer Norma I. Quintana on the lives, loves and struggles of an American circus." Curious Animal. October 2014.

Alexander Strecker. "Circus: A Traveling Life" LensCulture. October 2014.

"Living under the big top" CNN: Photos. October 2014.

"Roll up, roll up: the secret life of the circus - in pictures" The Guardian. October 2014.

"Quintana publishes 'Circus' art book" Napa Valley Register. Napa, California. October 2014.

Featured Artist. Hunger Magazine: Documentary Photography. London, UK. August 2014.

“Featured Artist: Visual Gallery III”, BG Magazine, International Circulation, August 2011.

Preservation Napa Valley. Exhibition Catalog. Cover Image, George, 2011.

“XV Fifteen Years”, Mary Ellen Mark Workshops, 2011: Catalog: iPad too!

“Norma Quintana, de la realidad a lo sublime,” BG Magazine, 2011.

Louisa Hufstader. “Lives in the Arts: Norma Quintana,” Napa Valley Register, December, 2008.

Brett Ascarelli. “Sideshow Revisited,” Diablo Arts Magazine, July 2007.

Michael Peña. “Bay Area Photographer Norma Quintana,” Stanford Report, October 18, 2006.

Janine DeFao. “Children adopted from China to visit as government guests,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 23, 2006

“CIRCUS: Photographic Exhibition by Norma I. Quintana,” Fifty Crows - Social Change Photography, May 2006.

Shaw, Kurt. “Timeless Quality, Mary Ellen Mark and Norma Quintana,” Pittsburgh Tribune, December 2005.

Thomas, Mary. “Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Photo Exhibit Captures the Unexpected,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 2005.

“Wild Violinist,” Pearl Necklace zine, issue #3, May 2005.

Brady-Herndon, Gary.  “No Me Olvides,” The Napa Valley Register, 2004.

Paglia, Michael.  “Hocus Focus,” Westword, October 10-16, 2002.

“Circus Toddler”, Nob Hill Gazette, October 2002.

Chandler, Mary Voelz.  “Images Reflect Many Angles,” Rocky Mountain News, October 7, 2002.

Wanderer, Ande.  “Border Franchise Exhibit Examines Ties to Mexico,” North Denver Tribune, September 12, 2002.

Fischer, Jack.  “Circus Images,” The Mercury News, 2001.  A Review.

“Latino Heritage Month,” KQED, 2001. National Public Radio

Brady-Herndon, Gary.  “Napan’s Photos Depict Life on the Road,” The Napa Valley Register, 2001.

Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. Knopf Publications, 1999 and for Monkey Hunting, 2003.

Image Published. The New York Times, 1999 & 2003.

Micheline Marcom. Image Published: author photograph.  Penguin Putnam Publishing, 2003

“Celebrating Women Writers,” The New York Public Library 2000, Engagement Calendar, 1999.



2017. Lowepro Photowalk: Social Documentary. Oxbow Market. Workshop.

2017. Napa County Library. Artist Talk.

2016. Napa Valley College Photography Department PhotoEye@NVC 2016-2017 Lecture Series. Lecture.

2015. Berkeley Art Center. Lecture & Booksigning.

2014. B&H Event Space. Guest Lecture: "What Happens When a Photographer Decides to Follow the Circus."

2014. Rotary Club of Napa. Guest Lecture: "Circus."

2011. Preservation Napa Valley. Public Lecture: “Photographing Elders."

2009. Sonoma Academy. Guest Lecture: “Life on the Road."

2008. The Oxbow School of Art. Visiting Guest Artist and Lecturer.

2006. Stanford University School of Humanities. Visiting Artist Lecturer.

2006. Chico State Department of Art and Art History. Visiting Artist Lecturer.

2006. Returning Swallows Project. Photography workshop in China with Prince of Peace Foundation and Bay Area Adoption Services

2005. Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. Featured Lecturer.

2005. Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. Artist in Residence: MCG Youth Program.

2005. Penn State University. Photography and Women's Studies Department: lecture at Palmer Museum of Art.

2005. California University of Pennsylvania. “Black and White Documentaries” workshop.

2003. UCLA Graduate School of Education.  “Information As Physical Evidence” Lectures.

2003. Instructor to Intern. Prescott College, Arizona.

2002. Trinity Grammar and Prep School: Black and White Photography Middle School Seminar. “The World Observed”.

2001-2002. Arts Council of Napa Valley/The Oxbow School/Nuestra Esperanza.  Napa, CA.

Artist in Residence. Napa In Blanco y Negro, workshops for local Hispanic students.


2007 to present. Napa Nest.  Founder.

The Nest is an art house and gathering place to experience art, build community, and inspire future generations. Our mission is still to live creatively and give generously.

2002 to 2012. PhotoAlliance.  Founding Board Member.

PhotoAlliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2004. di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature. Board Member.

The di Rosa Preserve is one of the largest collections of regional art in the country. A public gift from Rene di Rosa, it houses over 2,000 works of art by Bay Area artists.