Ground-Breaking Exhibition Showcases Incredible Versatility of Handmade Paper

Thirteen contemporary North American artists inspired by centuries-old Eastern papermaking traditions display their cutting-edge work in an inaugural exhibition celebrating the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation’s new Eastern Paper Studio.

Revive and Renew: Contemporary Artists & Eastern Papers will be presented from August 1 through September 20. The exhibit brings together visionary artists from thousands of miles away and right here in Northeast Ohio, each with a unique approach to incorporating ancient Eastern papermaking techniques into their art.

“When I researched Korean papermaking on a Fulbright grant six years ago, it transformed my studio work. Now, I am excited to see a growing number of artists who integrate Asian paper, techniques, and materials in their art—friends, colleagues, and former students alike,” says EPS Artist-in-Residence Aimee Lee.

Lee is among the artists featured in Revive and Renew. Others include Velma Bolyard, Melissa Jay Craig, Bill Lorton, Emma Nishimura, and Tom Balbo, a 35-year veteran paper artist and Morgan Conservatory’s Artistic Director.

This exhibition unveils a major expansion of Morgan Conservatory’s vision. Its new Eastern Paper Studio sets the organization on a path to becoming the only North American source for a range of Eastern-style papers, including Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and other Eastern traditions, for artists and conservators.

Revive and Renew and Morgan Conservatory’s new Eastern Paper Studio are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, as well as The George Gund Foundation, Eaton Corporation, Lubrizol Corporation, and by numerous individual donors.


Artwork by Revive & Renew exhibiting artist Emma Nishimura - "LocatingMemory IV & V"

Artwork by Revive & Renew exhibiting artist Emma Nishimura – “LocatingMemory IV & V”

7th Annual Benefit and Silent Auction
New Date: October 11

Join us in celebrating our 7th successful year of workshops, exhibitions, and community at our 7th Annual Benefit and Silent Auction Saturday, October 11th! Our Annual Benefit and Silent Auction draws hundreds of attendees every year and the event just keeps getting better with our famous hors d’oeuvres table, papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress demonstrations, live music and more!

There is a variety of artwork on which to bid. This year our famous “Snail Mail/Paper Trail” art auction wall will include new works by locally and nationally known artists using Morgan handmade Japanese-style paper created for this event. Along with the artwork there will be a variety of “surprise auction items”.

Revive & Renew: Contemporary Artists and Eastern Papers August 1-September 20
7th Annual Benefit & Silent Auction October 11 (new date)
Char Norman & Elena Osterwalder October 17-November 29
Abecedaria VII: Art Books Cleveland October 17-November 29

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation
1754 East 47th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44103