Don WidmerBook and Paper Artist
Don Widmer is a Chicago-based book and paper artist. His practice incorporates hand papermaking, letterpress printing, and traditional and experimental bookbinding. Widmer has exhibited throughout the Midwest, most recently at Gallery Studio Oh!, A+C Architects Studio and Gallery, The Compassion Factory, and ELA Area Public Library. His recent awards include Best in Show (Art on the Fox Fine Art Festival), Best in Medium (Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair), First Place Fine Art (Spring Bloom Fine Arts Festival), and Judge’s Choice Award (Greenwich Village Art Fair). His work is represented in university, museum and library collections nationwide. Raised in Cleveland, Widmer received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago.
I’m Don Widmer and I create images within sheets of handmade paper using plant pulp as a painting medium, a technique called Pulp Painting. As a papermaker, I am fascinated by the ability of pulp to represent both living creatures and inanimate objects, which is why I choose to paint birds as well as architectural imagery. I have always been a creative person but only recently started my career as an artist after receiving my MFA in book and paper arts from Columbia College Chicago. People are often fascinated when they discover that these images are embedded within the paper itself. A relatively new art form, pulp painting developed in the 1960s and 70s. I enjoy introducing people to this unique art form.