1998 Book FOR[U]MS
BOOK ARTIST SPEAKER SERIES
October 19, 1998
John Risseeuw is a papermaker and fine-press printer who teaches at Arizona State University. He came to ASU in 1980 to establish book-arts classes within the printmaking area and to direct a book-arts press for publication and creative research purposes. The Pyracantha Press was founded in 1982. He teaches courses in Fine Printing & Bookmaking, Papermaking, Artist's Books, and Photo Processes for Printmaking; chairs the Printmaking Area; and directs the Pyracantha Press. His own private press, the Cabbagehead Press, was founded in 1972. Risseeuw's prints, books, and collaborative works have been exhibited internationally in recent years in Macedonia, Africa (Madagascar, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Senegal), South America (Brazil and Colombia), England, Ireland, and Canada, as well as nationally. His collaborative artist's book, SPIRIT LAND, created with Margaret Prentice in 1996, has been shown in over 26 exhibitions, and is scheduled to travel to more sites. His work may be found in many collections, including the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry in Miami Beach, the Library of Congress, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, the British Library in London, Fudan University in Shanghai, American Medical Association, IBM, the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in Santa Monica, numerous university collections, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
November 2, 1998
Amanda Degener is a papermaker, book artist and educator. She recently served as Interim Director of the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts. She has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where she also served as Artistic Director. With Bridget O'Malley she is co-proprietor of Cave Paper, a mill for handmade production paper. In their production for Cave Paper, Degener and O'Malley work mainly with flax fibers and distinctive walnut dyes. Their line of hand-made papers also include blue jean, cotton muslin, and Russian hemp/abaca. In her book works, Degener combines hand-made papers with painted pulp, letterpress, and wet-pulp applications to produce visual paper environments that range in format from broadsides, to books, to large paper installations. She is also co-founder of Hand Papermaking Magazine.
November 11, 1998
Jim Lee is a woodcut artist, book maker, and educator. He teaches printmaking, drawing, and a book-arts course at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. His dramatic black and white woodcut prints and books include portraits, images of toys, and illustrated nursery rhymes. His recent book, The Place of the Long River, Connecticut River Anthology, includes color reduction woodcuts that interpret the writing of two writers from each state that the eight rivers which comprise the Connecticut River valley flow through. He is also the proprietor of the Blue Moon Press, his private press imprint for his woodcut and letterpress printed books which include collaborations with poets and other artists. His work has been exhibited in "New American Woodcuts," in Buchenbach, Germany, and "Turning the Page," an international exhibition of artists' books in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is included in the collections of the Chicago Art Institute, Boston Public Library, and New York Public Library.
Book FOR[U]MS is a guest speaker series dedicated to bringing artists, printers, designers, papermakers, binders and other practitioners of the arts of the book to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to offer public presentations about their work and discuss the significance of the book as a form and forum for self-expression. During their visits they will participate in the Book Arts Workshop course in the UWM Art Department. This program is co-sponsored by the Golda Meir Library, Friends of the Golda Meir Library, FenWood Imprints, and the UWM Art Department.
For further information, contact Max Yela, Special Collections, Golda Meir Library, (414) 229-4345; or Richard Zauft, Director FenWood Imprints, UWM Art Department, (414) 229-4762.
LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Special Collections, Fourth Floor, Golda Meir Library
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