Joan Hall is internationally known for her mixed media and experimental, sculptural approaches to large scale works and installations primarily in handmade paper and print. She is currently a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and is an Emerita Professor of Art, Washington University in St Louis. She lives and works near her source of inspiration, the sea, in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Karen Kopacz is the designer of Hand Papermaking. She graduated from Columbia College with a BA in fine arts, minoring in fiction writing. For nearly 2 decades, Karen has worked and collaborated in the Twin Cities arts community as a designer, brand strategist, Web developer, and artist. In 2000, she founded Design for the Arts, partnering with organizations, businesses, and artists to develop and launch brands and creative initiatives. As director of online arts & literature magazine Mental Contagion (2000-2008), she was invited to be a panelist at the SXSW Interactive Festival for Fostering New Culture on the Internet.
Kathryn and Howard Clark founded Twinrocker Handmade Paper in 1971. Their mission was to encourage the revival of hand papermaking in America, and to establish a permanent, low production handmade paper studio in order to supply the highest quality handmade papers from a European tradition. Twinrocker continues to fulfill this mission in Brookston, Indiana.
Kelly Taylor Mitchell is an installation, book, and print artist currently based in Atlanta, GA. Kelly earned her MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and BFA from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has participated in artist residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (CO) and The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MN). Her work has been featured in museums and galleries nationally including: Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA; Anderson Brickler Gallery, Tallahassee, FL; MCBA Main Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; and Not Gallery, Austin, TX. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College.
Since receiving an MS from Kyoto Institute of Technology in the late 1960s, Kyoko Ibe has pioneered contemporary washi art and design, and worked in more than 20 countries. The recipient of numerous awards worldwide, Ibe has pushed the limits of washi into a unique art form, combining her respect for tradition with radical experimentation. She is now a professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology, the director of Japan Paper Academy, and a special advisor to the government of Japan for cultural affairs.
There’s still time to see paper artist Kyoko Ibe’s work at the Stockton University Art Galleries. Her exhibition “once upon a time…” runs through November 18, culminating in a series of special events and performances featuring the artist.
- Gallery Talk, Kyoko Ibe
Tuesday, November 14 | 2:30pm | Art Gallery
- Shirabyoushi Dance, Makiko Sakurai
Wednesday, November 15 | 3:30pm | CC Theatre
- Biwa Tradition and Shomyo Chant, Shizu Arai and Makiko Sakurai
Thursday, November 16 | 2:30pm | Alton Auditorium
- Noh Drumming, Shonosuke Okura
Thursday, November 16 | 4:30pm | Alton Auditorium
- Washi Tales performance and Talk Back: Cross-Cultural Storytelling, Elise Thoron and the performers [tickets required]
Friday, November 17 | 7:30pm | Art Gallery
- Washi Tales performance [tickets required]
Saturday, November 18 | 7:30pm | Art Gallery
For more information or directions, please visit the galleries’ website.
Lisa (Switalski) Haque is an artist living and working in Miami, Florida; her work can be viewed at lisahaque.com. She was a Studio Collaborator and Production Manager at Dieu Donné, and a papermaker and bookbinder at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, and at a variety of other centers in the United States.
Lynn Sures is Professor of Fine Arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. Her pulp paintings, prints, and sculptural paperworks have been written about in Art in America, Fiberarts, and Hand Papermaking; her artist books appear in Penland Book of Handmade Books and 500 Artist Books. She has traveled within the US and to Italy, Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Turkey to exhibit, lecture, and offer workshops on hand papermaking.
Mandy Coppes-Martin is one of the founding members of the Phumani Paper Project (a poverty alleviation programme in South Africa). She has been involved in various outreach and paper-training initiatives in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Germany and Belgium since 1999. Her MA in Fine Art focused on the research and development of local and invasive plant fibres. Mandy is a full-time paper artist based at the Newtown Artist-Run Centre at Assemblage in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Maria Olivia Davalos Stanton is the editor of the Hand Papermaking Newsletter, and lives in San Francisco. They graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with degrees in Classics and Chemistry and are pursuing their dream of becoming a paper art conservator. They have worked in the conservation labs at the J Paul Getty Museum, Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center and Library Preservation Department, as well as a private painting conservation studio. Maria Olivia learned hand papermaking from Amanda Degener at Cave Paper, and sorely misses working in the vat.