Batnadiv HaKarmi (1980) is an American-born painter and poet who spent her formative years in the Old City of Jerusalem. Her works straddles the line between representation and abstraction, and explores the intersection of painting and poetry. She studied art at the Jerusalem Studio School; the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Italy; and the New York Studio School. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Bar Ilan University.

Batnadiv has had two solo exhibitions at the Art Shelter Gallery, Jerusalem, and has taken part in numerous group shows and art events in Israel and abroad–most recently in the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem and the Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod.

She currently heads the art program at Emunah veOmanut, Emunah College, and is on the Visual Arts faculty of the Brandeis Institute of Music and Art. She has been a member of Studio of Her Own since 2015.






Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2018  Duo, SOHO Gallery, Jerusalem. Curator: Pesach Slabosky.

2015  The Things We Carry, Shira Hadasha, Jerusalem. Curator: Ben Simon

2014 The Garden on Pinsker, Art Refuge Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem. Curator: Pnina Frank.

2012   Into Being, Art Refuge Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem. Curator: Pnina Frank.




Selected Group Exhibitions

2018     Ester / Hester (Hidden), Seminar HaKibbutzim Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Renana Salmon.

2017     Tzena UrEna, Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod. Curator: Dvora Liss, Chaim Maor.

From the Ends of the Land, Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. Curators: “The Refrigerator.”

Tzena UrEna, Senate Gallery, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva. Curator: Haim Maor.

 2016     Strange to be a Woman, Manofim Arts Festival, Sudio of Her Own, Jerusalem. Curator: Liav Mizahi

Women’s Work, American Cultural Center, Jerusalem. Curator: Heddy Abramowitz.

Crevices, Studio of Her Own, Jerusalem. Curators: Chani Zada Cohen, Renana Solmon.

2015 Amphi-Bion, Studio of Her Own, Jerusalem. Curators: Julia Aronson, Yael Buchbeinder Shimoni, Batnadiv HaKarmi.

Home, Manofim Arts Fetsival, Art Refuge Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem. Curators: Noa Leah Cohen, Pnina Frank. 

2013 Pelican Color. P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curators: Tal Slutzker, Tsuki Garbian

Holding Fast, art and writing event, PICO, Jerusalem.

2012  Exposure, Succat HaOmanim, Binyamina. Curator: Nofi Rotem.

2010 Out to Landscape, Wisner-House Gallery, Summit NJ. Curator: Susanna Coffey.

Night Music, art event, Brooklyn, NJ.

Art and the Monument, NYSS, New York. Curator: Bill Tucker.

2009 NYSS Benefit, NYSS, New York. Curators: David Cohen, Karen Wilkin.

Studio Tsameret: Opening, Tel Aviv, Israel. Curator: Lance Hunter.

Women for Women, Cinemateque, Jerusalem.

Selected Awards
2016 Andrea Moria Prize for Poetry, Bar Ilan Universiy






Shortlisted, Brideport Prize for flash fiction

The Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing, full scholarship

Dean’s Scholarship, New York Studio School, for figurative art.

New York Studio School Summer Scholarship.

Goliath Institute of Art, full scholarship

Copenhagen Award

Rector’s Prize, Hebrew University Of Jerusalem

Wolf Foundation Award in Literature.

2005, 2004, 2003 Dean’s Prize, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2004, 2006, 2007 Scholarship, Create-A-Space Sculpture Studio, awarded by Paul Taylor
2001 Jerusalem Cultural Exchange Initiative Scholarship, awarded by the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.













MA, Poetry Research project on interdisciplinary approaches to poetry, in collaboration with poet Dr. Marcela Sulak and choreographer Miriam Rother.

MFA studies, painting, New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture.


MA, General and Comparative Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, magna cum laude.

BA, English Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, magna cum laude.

2005 Painting, Slade School of Art, London.
2002 Visual Arts, International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Italy.
1998-2001 Studio Art, Jerusalem Studio School, Israel.


Selected Residencies and Workshops












Ekphrasis, workshop, Robin Hemley, Bar Ilan University

Painting, workshop, Jan Rauchwerger.

Landscape and Abstraction, masters workshop, Jordan Wolfson

Internal Views, workshop, Kyle Staver

Basic Bookmaking, workshop, Center for Book Arts, New York.

Figurative Sculpture, master class, Lance Hunter.

Painting from the Masters. Goliath Institute of Art. Painting residency in conjunction with the

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Silkscreen Printing, workshop, Jerusalem Printmaking Workshop

Sculpture, workshop, Create-A-Space, Jerusalem, Paul Taylor.




Selected bibliography

2015 Cover article “Sketching the Bible.”  In Jerusalem section of Jerusalem Post. November 20.

2014 Cover art. Ilanot Review: Conflict. Summer, 2014, Online.

Prusher, Ilene. “In Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem, an Unorthodox Art Gallery,” Haaretz. January 2014. Online.

2012 Halter, Aloma, “Exhilaration in Oils: The Recent Painting of Batnadiv HaKarmi” Jewish Press, December, 2012.

Cover art. Ilanot Review: Translation/Transformation.  Spring, 2012. Online.

Selected presentations and artist talks


2015    Moderator, Art in the Haredi World, Panel, Art Refuge Gallery, Manofim Arts Festival, October, 2015.

2014  “Jewish Art or Jewish Artist—And Is There a Difference?” Artist Talk, Limmud UK, December, 2014.

 “Painting and Poetry,” Artist Talk, Brandeis University, July 10.

“Bibliowrite: Art and Exegesis,” Lecture/Workshop, Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, March 4.

2013 “Judaism and Art,” Lecture/ Artist Talk, Midreshet MY, October 14.

2012 “Into Being,” Artist talk, Art Refuge Gallery, November 13


Selected Activities


2014-2015 Fellow in “Making Culture,” Kolot Artist Beit Midrash, exploring the intersection of visual arts and Jewish texts.

2014-Present Member of “A Studio of Her Own,” an initiative for the promotion of Jewish feminist art.

2013 Founded and hosted Pinsker 12 painting group, which explored the nexus of landscape and abstraction.

2012-Present Founded and run Nightwriters, a monthly all-night writing marathon and discussion group.