Morgan Conservatory Benefit and Silent Auction 2016: Supporting Those That Support Us

Dark Rebus #1, 200718" diameterhandmade paper, abaca fibre,pigment, thread

Dark Rebus #1, 200718″ diameterhandmade paper, abaca fibre,pigment, thread

The Morgan Conservatory’s ninth annual benefit and silent auction takes place on October 1 this year. As in years past, we will rely heavily on paper and book artists who have strong local and national reputations to donate works for our auction. In expanding our scope of quality art, we have formed a cooperative arrangement with local organizations, such as Praxis, Zygote and Superior Hot Glass. We will also provide artist bios and statements to give the viewers a more intimate view of the artists to understand what drives their work. This mutually beneficial relationship gives the artists greater visibility and ensures that this year’s benefit will be the best yet.


Denise Bookwalter and Susan Warner Keene

This exhibition brings together two accomplished artists working in the world of book, print and paper arts: Denise Bookwalter and Susan Warner Keene.


Denise Bookwalter, Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University, works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist’s books, installations and dimensional prints.  Her work comes out of a perpetual pursuit of knowledge and understanding. Gathering information from primary resources, she approaches her art as a scientist approaching research. Through this method of working, Bookwalter finds inspiration, and her intuition is nourished. This combination of inquiry, information and play is the subject of her work. Her recent investigations include vintage knitting patterns, origami and experimental machines and vehicles.


Susan Warner Keene is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited internationally since 1980. In addition to her successful career as a visual artist, Keene is an active writer, educator and curator. She works primarily with handmade paper, exploring ideas about states of matter, ways of recording experience and, more broadly, about the impact of experience on an individual narrative. She is interested in paper as a medium because of the congruity between the material aspects of the process and human physical concerns: wetness, pressure, thickening, desiccation – the sheet can assume qualities of cloth and skin, evoking the body and its knowledge.

Join us on Friday, October 14 from 6:30-8:30pm for the opening reception of this inspiring exhibition.




Artist Residencies at Morgan Conservatory

By Radha Pandey


This year, the Morgan Conservatory officially launched its Artist-in-Residence program. Our residents are Anna Tararova, Ann Waddell and Alexandra Janezic.


For eight weeks this summer, Cleveland based artist Anna Tararova worked on a series of pulp paintings made using plant fibers collected from Cleveland, Atlanta, Russia and Mexico. She then screen-printed her pulp paintings with photographs of these locations.

Ann Waddell, our second resident in the paper studio this summer, made both abstract and figurative works that reference the female body and fertility. Her playful pieces from the studio, often richly saturated in color, leap off and extend beyond the boundaries of the large handmade sheets and are often built up over several layers.


At the end of October, Alexandra Janezic, a visual artist and letterpress printer will be working in our print studio. Alexandra ‘is interested in the intersection between text and image, particularly where text has the potential to become image.’ During her residency, she will print an artist book ‘using the aesthetic and historical elements of shorthand writing to shape a poetic narrative of women and their relationship to gender roles, information, and technology, revealing issues which continue to exist in women’s gender roles in the 21st century.’


Anna and Alexandra will be giving an artist talk at 6:30 pm on Thursday, the 27th of October 2016 at the Morgan Conservatory.


The deadline to apply for our 2017 AIR period is September 25, 2016.


The Morgan Art of Papermaking

Conservatory & Educational Foundation

1754 East 47th Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44103



Upcoming Events:

Printed Pulp: Drypoint on Various Fibers, with by Beth Sheehan. 10 am – 4 pm September 7-11

Upside Down, Back to Back and Side by Side: Double Book Structures, with Fran Kovac. 10 am – 4 pm September 10-11

Islamic World Papermaking, with Radha Pandey. 10 am – 4 pm September 16-18

Powerful Print Portfolios, with Rory Sparks. 10 am – 4 pm September 17-18

Chinese Lantern Box, with Steve Pittelkow. 10 am – 4 pm September 24-25

Annual Benefit and Silent Auction: October 1

Denise Bookwalter and Susan Warner Keene: Opening reception 6:30 – 8:30 pm Friday, October 14

Annual Kozo Harvest: 10 am – 4 pm November 12 -13


Visit us online at to browse the remainder of our exciting summer workshop offerings and look for our 2016–17 fall/winter workshop schedule which will be posted online by August 31. Our workshops are open to all skill levels, from beginners to professionals, and you can register for a workshop through our website or by calling us at216.361.9255.