• UPCOMING *EXHIBITS AND WORKSHOPS

  • *Library Thoughts-5, Budapest

    MAMU Gallery
    Budapest June 12 - July 3, 2015

    Jokai Klub, August 25 - September 15, 2015



  • * Northwest Cultural Council
    Arlington Green Executive Center
    2101 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL
    January 4 - April 4, 2015



  • Chicago Calligraphy Collective
    Life Lines
    Congregational United Church of Christ
    1001 West Kirchhoff Road, Arlington Heights, IL

    September 26 & 27, 2015


  • Lake Louise A Gathering of the Muses
    Boyne Falls, Michigan

    October 25-30, 2015



  • Whispering Woodlands, a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind
    1600 Speedway Rd
    Verona, WI

    Spontaneous Mark and Alternative Image
    Nov. 7 & 8, 2015



  • Coastal Calligraphers Guild
    Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image: Speaking from the Heart
    Christian Retreat Center in Bradenton
    Sarasota, FL
    9am – 4pm; February 3-6, 2016

  • PAST WORKSHOPS

  • San Antonio Calligraphy Guild
    Spontaneous Mark and Alternative Image
    Discovery School, 222 Salem Dr, San Antonio, TX
    March 7-8, 2015



  • Letters California Style 2015
    Sounding the Inner Landscape
    With Handwriting, Mark-making and Image
    Kellogg West Conference Center and Lodge
    at Cal Poly Pomona, 3801 West Temple
    Pomona, CA
    February 13–16, 2015




  • * Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection
    Friday, November 7, 2014–Sunday, February 1, 2015

  • The Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild
    Breath and the Brush
    Calgary, AB
    January 24 & 25, 2015



  • Kensington Art Supply
    Spontaneous Mark and Alternative Image
    Calgary, AB T2H 2S1
    January 21 to 23, 2015



  • Houston Calligraphy Guild
    Spontaneous Mark and Alternative Image
    Nov. 1-2, 2014



  • Lake Louise Retreat Center
    ...a gathering of the Muses
    Boyne Falls, MI
    October 19-24, 2014




  • MIDWEST Art and Lettering Retreat in Minnesota
    Carleton College in Northfield, MN
    August 14-17, 2014



  • Capital Calligraphers
    Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image
    Salem, OR
    June 16-17, 2014



  • The Portland Society for Calligraphy
    Life Lines - letting go of the familiar, to greet the unexpected
    June 14 & 15, 2014; 9am - 4pm
    Hudson Bay High School, Vancouver, OR



  • Society for Calligraphy Southern California
    La Mirada location TBA
    The Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image: Speaking from the Heart.
    Apr 26 & 27, 2014
    Sat, 11-5:30; Sun, 9-4

    LECTURE / SLIDE SHOW Free and open to the public
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 – 10:30 am
    Lecture begins promptly at 9:00 am
    Location: La Mirada TBA

    Pamela shares her visual journals depicting found letters, art and nature — the inspirational foundation for her work. See how she explores the language in the landscape, the personality of handwriting and the many facets of communication through the processes of calligraphic markmaking, handmade paper and cymatics.



  • Treewhispers: Handmade Paper Workshop
    March 7, 2014, Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, IL

  • Academia de San Carlos
    Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image: Listening with your feet; Speaking from the heart”
    19, 20 y 21 de Noviembre
    10 a 14 horas

  • Italic—In the Beginning

    Chicago Calligraphy Collective
    October 26,27 2013
    Irish Heritage Center, Chicago, IL

    Never picked up a pen before? Want to sharpen your calligraphy skills and have some fun? 

    This 2 day workshop for beginners and enthusiasts will focus on the structure, rhythm, and dynamics of italic letterforms. We will work in a large format with pencils, pens and various tools and engage in exercises designed for seeing and executing letterforms.

    Observational skills will be introduced to help you understand the structure of the italic form and reflect on the importance of both positive and negative space as well as the unseen movement of the lifted stroke.



  • Kaligrafos, The Dallas Calligraphy Society
    September 29 - 30, 2013
    The Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image: Speaking from the Heart.

    When is the last time you had the opportunity to play with pens, brushes, and funky tools that made you laugh or smile—or cringe? When did you last let go of the outcome—giving yourself permission to “see what’s in there”? There is no getting around it—every mark you make is creatively, expressively yours. Since there’s safety in numbers we’ll embark on this serendipitous journey of creativity together.

    In this class you’ll explore the distinctive and bold expressions of spontaneous marks using walnut and sumi inks, combined with layering of alternative image processes—and while we’re at it we will explore and extrapolate your handwriting too. We’ll mix in personal ephemera through transfers (your originals won’t be harmed) culminating in a folded, wrapped and stitched accordion book.

    In this two and half days you’ll be given the guidance in scoring countless variations of rhythmical marks and patterns originating from intuition and response to music—or silence. This class will help you loosen any rigid body postures and sidestep predictable outcomes. Sink art techniques will also be introduced for creating blurring, dripping and running marks for breathtaking texturing effects on your papers. After some critique sessions, editing and cropping exercises, we’ll move beyond the mark into image Xerox transfers. From here you’ll begin to work with your own personal ephemera to create an array of words and images, that might reflect, interact with or interpolate your mark making influences—culminating in a book that provides an intuitive story telling piece—unfolding with layered marks, handwriting, and images into a dimensional accordion book.

  • LIFE LINES

    Whispering Woodlands
    August 24,25, 2013
    Verona, Wisconsin

    In this class we will investigate and incorporate the underpinnings of the hidden laws of nature-sacred geometry-exploring these forms and synthesizing the linear with the artistic aspect of pattern and beauty.

    Step by step we'll design a template from which to springboard, creating a portfolio of our own unique expression. A compass, straight edge and a variety of tools for writing and calculating forms will be paired with graphite, ink and watercolor.

    Music, meditation, sound and silence will accompany us as we wind our way through a series of exercises exploring the tempo and voice of our unique line-story, script, gesture and mark-developing flow-letting go of the familiar long enough to greet the unexpected.





  • LIFE LINES

    Ghost Ranch
    Abiquiu, NM
    June 17-23, 2013

    In this class we will investigate and incorporate the underpinnings of the hidden laws of nature-sacred geometry-exploring these forms and synthesizing the linear with the artistic aspect of pattern and beauty.

    Step by step we'll design a template from which to springboard, creating a portfolio of our own unique expression. A compass, straight edge and a variety of tools for writing and calculating forms will be paired with graphite, ink and watercolor.

    Music, meditation, sound and silence will accompany us as we wind our way through a series of exercises exploring the tempo and voice of our unique line-story, script, gesture and mark-developing flow-letting go of the familiar long enough to greet the unexpected.




  • Treewhispers Papermaking Extravaganza

    Crab Tree Nature Center
    Forest Preserve District of Cook County
    3 Stover Road
    Barrington, IL 60010

    May 18, 2013
    10am-4pm

    For more information contact:847-381-6592



  • LIFE LINES – letting go of the familiar to greet the unexpected

    The Fine Art Center At Town & Country
    Kettering, Ohio
    April 11 – 13, 2013
    Sponsored by Rosie Huart and Trish McKinney

    Registration & Information: www.trishmckinney.com/pamelapaulsrudworkshop.htm

    Contact:rehuart@aol.com or trishmc514@aol.com

    In this class we will investigate and incorporate the underpinnings of the hidden laws of nature-sacred geometry-exploring these forms and synthesizing the linear with the artistic aspect of pattern and beauty.

    Step by step we'll design a template from which to springboard, creating a portfolio of our own unique expression. A compass, straight edge and a variety of tools for writing and calculating forms will be paired with graphite, ink and watercolor.

    Music, meditation, sound and silence will accompany us as we wind our way through a series of exercises exploring the tempo and voice of our unique line-story, script, gesture and mark-developing flow-letting go of the familiar long enough to greet the unexpected.


  • HANDMADE PAPER WORKSHOP

    Chicago Botanic Gardens
    Plant Science Lab, Regenstein Center
    March 8, 2013 Friday
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Spend the day exploring the artistic papermaking process used in the Treewhispers exhibition featured at the Garden last year. You will begin the workshop with an introduction to the stunning handmade paper rounds used in the Treewhispers project. Then, roll up your sleeves and create your own paper rounds under the guidance of the visionary for the exhibit, artist Pamela Paulsrud. This will be a fun and invigorating workshop suitable for all.



  • Treewhispers: awakening Your heartfelt Connection to trees

    Chicago Botanic Garden
    Linnaeus Room
    March 7, 2013 Thursday
    9 a.m. – Noon

    Today we will be inspired by hundreds of artists, poets, students, and tree lovers who have shared their stories and art with the Treewhispers project. Your morning will proceed with meditative visualizations and flute music played from the heart to awaken your connection to trees. Next, we will explore the Garden to find a tree that speaks to you— to study and to listen to during quiet meditative moments. Come prepared to learn, relax, and enjoy the morning. Please dress for the weather.



  • LIFE LINES

    Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild
    February 9-10, 2013



  • Flourishing with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

    Tiny Workshops
    September 22, 2012
    First Presbyterian Church, 7551 Quick Avenue, River Forest, IL

    Learning to flourish is kind of like learning the Hokey Pokey—you just need to know when to “shake it all about”! Let’s experiment with different gestures and strokes with the pen to see what we can “shake out” to compliment various forms of writing styles. Be prepared to dance and play!



  • LIFE LINES

    Whispering Woodlands
    October 13, 14, 2012
    1600 Speedway Rd, Verona, WI 53593
    Phone: (608) 848-9761





  • The Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image: Speaking from the Heart.

    Calligraphy Northwest 2012
    International Calligraphy Conference
    June 24 – July 1, 2012
    Reed College
    Portland, Oregon


    When is the last time you had the opportunity to play with pens, brushes, and funky tools that made you laugh or smile—or cringe? When did you last let go of the outcome—giving yourself permission to “see what’s in there”? There is no getting around it—every mark you make is creatively, expressively yours. Since there’s safety in numbers we’ll embark on this serendipitous journey of creativity together.

    In this class you’ll explore the distinctive and bold expressions of spontaneous marks using walnut and sumi inks, combined with layering of alternative image processes—and while we’re at it we will explore and extrapolate your handwriting too. We’ll mix in personal ephemera through transfers (your originals won’t be harmed) culminating in a folded, wrapped and stitched accordion book.

    In this two and half days you’ll be given the guidance in scoring countless variations of rhythmical marks and patterns originating from intuition and response to music—or silence. This class will help you loosen any rigid body postures and sidestep predictable outcomes. Sink art techniques will also be introduced for creating blurring, dripping and running marks for breathtaking texturing effects on your papers. After some critique sessions, editing and cropping exercises, we’ll move beyond the mark into image Xerox transfers. From here you’ll begin to work with your own personal ephemera to create an array of words and images, that might reflect, interact with or interpolate your mark making influences—culminating in a book that provides an intuitive story telling piece—unfolding with layered marks, handwriting, and images into a dimensional accordion book.



  • LIFE LINES

    Calligraphy Northwest 2012
    International Calligraphy Conference
    June 24 – July 1, 2012
    Reed College
    Portland, Oregon

    Handwriting is a visual language emanating from our thoughts and emotions, a remnant of a process. Each line, each stroke, is distinguished by the materials, the mood, the day, the rhythm, the breath – a visual language within a language, a cross between a fingerprint and an EKG, telling not only who we are but also how we are in that moment of time. In this class, music, meditation, sound and silence will accompany us as we wend our way through a series of exercises exploring the tempo and voice of our unique line – story, script, gesture and mark – developing flow – letting go of the familiar long enough to greet the unexpected. Our focus will lie not only with line and space, but also with heartbeat, breath, and resonance – that energetic quality, that vibration seemingly so illusive.

    We will also investigate and incorporate the meditative underpinnings of the hidden laws of nature – sacred geometry, exploring these forms, synthesizing the linear with the artistic aspect of pattern and beauty. A variety of tools for writing and calculating forms will be employed with graphite, ink, and watercolor to create a portfolio of your own unique expression.



  • Treewhispers: Hand-Made Paper Art Workshop

    Saturday, March 31
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Chicago Botanic Gardens, Plant Science Lab

    Spend the day exploring the artistic papermaking process used in the Treewhispers exhibit currently on display in the Joutras Gallery of the Chicago Botanic Garden. You will begin the workshop with an introduction to the stunning handmade paper rounds in the installation. Then, roll up your sleeves and create your own paper rounds under the guidance of the visionary for the exhibit, artist Pamela Paulsrud. By the end of the workshop you will have several beautiful rounds to take home. If you would like to be included in Treewhispers, you may also contribute one of your paper rounds to this ongoing exhibit. This will be a fun and invigorating workshop suitable for all.





  • Treewhispers: Awakening Your Heartfelt Connection to Trees

    Regenstein Center Fairchild Room
    Wednesday, March 28, 9 a.m. – noon

    Today we will be inspired by hundreds of artists, poets, students and tree lovers who have shared their stories and art with Treewhispers, an exhibit currently on display in the Joutras Gallery of the Chicago Botanic Garden. After an introduction and tour of the exhibition, your morning will proceed with meditative visualizations and flute music played from the heart to awaken your connection to trees. Next, we will explore the Garden to find a tree that speaks to you—to study and to listen to during quiet meditative moments. Come prepared to learn, relax, and enjoy the morning—finding and deeping your interconnectedness to trees. Please dress for the weather.




  • Life Lines

    Whispering Woodlands
    Feb 25, 26, 2012
    Verona, Wisconsin

    Handwriting is a visual language emanating from our thoughts and emotions, a remnant of a process. Each line, each stroke, is distinguished by the materials, the mood, the day, the rhythm, the breath - a visual language within a language, a cross between a fingerprint and an EKG, telling not only who we are but also how we are in that moment of time. In this class, music, meditation, sound and silence will accompany us as we wend our way through a series of exercises exploring the tempo and voice of our unique line - story, script, gesture and mark - developing flow - letting go of the familiar long enough to greet the unexpected. Our focus will lie not only with line and space, but also with heartbeat, breath, and resonance - that energetic quality, that vibration seemingly so illusive.

    We will also investigate and incorporate the meditative underpinnings of the hidden laws of nature - sacred geometry, exploring these forms, synthesizing the linear with the artistic aspect of pattern and beauty. A variety of tools for writing and calculating forms will be employed with graphite, ink, and watercolor to create a portfolio of your own unique expression.



  • The Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image

    February 18 and 19, 2012

    Park Ridge Center
    720 Garden Street
    Park Ridge, IL
    In conjunction with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

    In this class you’ll explore the distinctive and bold expressions of spontaneous marks using walnut and sumi inks, combined with layering alternative image processes. You will explore and extrapolate your handwriting and mix in personal ephemera through the Xerox transfer process culminating in a folded, wrapped and stitched accordion book. (Your originals won’t be harmed.)

    This class will help you loosen any rigid body postures and sidestep predictable outcomes. You’ll be given the guidance in scoring countless variations of rhythmical marks and patterns originating from intuition and response to music—or silence. Sink art techniques will also be introduced for creating blurring, dripping and running marks for breathtaking texturing effects on your papers. After some critique sessions, editing and cropping exercises, we’ll move beyond the mark into image Xerox transfers. From here you’ll begin to work with your own personal ephemera to create an array of words and images, that might reflect, interact with or interpolate your mark making influences—culminating in a book that provides an intuitive story telling piece—unfolding with layered marks, handwriting, and images into a dimensional accordion book. All skill levels welcome.




  • Listening with your feet—Connecting with your heart

    The Artful Retreat
    Lake Louise Methodist Camp
    Boyne Falls, Michigan

    October 16-22, 2011

    As calligraphers we eke out moments in our busy lives and escape to work in the quietude of our studio, kitchen table, desk or whatever horizontal surface can give up the three square feet that we need for ink, paper and elbow room. With pen or brush in hand we grace this precious time with our favorite selection from Enya, Pavarotti or perhaps even Cheap Trick for inspiration. Depending on the mood of the day we may choose silence.

    Have you ever considered how music, sound or silence affects, informs and directs you? In the pristine northern Michigan woods we have the unique advantage of entraining our bodies to the healing frequencies and harmonics of nature—creating a more centered and grounded awareness within our work and our lives.

    Through a series of simple energetic exercises—both indoors and out—we will learn to quiet our minds and ground our bodies. Guided visualizations and meditations—sound and silence—will be used to entrain us to the heartbeat of mother earth—listening with our feet and connecting with our hearts. In this heart-centered space we will wend our way through exercises designed to help us investigate our handwriting, text, and the spontaneous mark scoring the inner and outer landscape. Coke pens, brushes, sticks, and other unusual writing implements will be the tools of choice with sumi and walnut ink. Instruction on Xerox transfer process will be explored in combination with a variety of techniques to layer images. During the course of the day the instructor will work with students to clarify and crop into their work to create their intended image or phrase for dialog. We will have time to critique, celebrate and discuss every student's work created in the course. Two-and-a-half days will be filled with guided group exercises working towards creating an assemblage style composition—creating a uniquely intuitive accordion book and small deck of cards.

    The remaining days will begin with a group meditation for those interested in inviting the muses and time for individual exploration.

    If you'd like more information, please contact us either via e-mail or by calling Karen Vosburg, 269-217-5209.



  • Astonishing Accordion

    In conjunction with The Chicago Calligraphy Collective's Tiny Workshops

    September 24, 2011
    9:30 am - 12:30
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    8955 Columbia Avenue
    Munster, IN

    We will create a colorful accordion book with stitching, pockets and lots of creative possibilities and surprises. This structure can stand up and be stretched out, making perfect for display. In this workshop, each participant will leave the class with completed book and lots of new ideas. No previous experience is required.



  • Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image

    Whispering Woodlands
    1600 Speedway Rd, Verona, WI 53593
    Phone: (608) 848-9761

    Sat/Sun September 10/11, 2011
    10am - 4:30pm




  • The Spontaneous Mark and Alternative Image

    Ghost Ranch
    Abiquiu, NM
    June 13-19, 2011


  • EXHIBITIONS

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  • Fifth International Artists' Book Exhibition

    May - October 2013
    Székesfehérvár, Hungary

  • The 27th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

    March 11–June 8, 2013
    Mon, Fri, Sat: 8:15am – 5:30pm
    Tues, Wed, Thurs: 8:15am – 7:30pm

    Opening Reception in Ruggles Hall
    Saturday, April 13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
    Calligraphy demonstrations from 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Program begins at 1:00pm with Jane Ewing’s presentation, “The Fine Art of Calligraphy,” along with “A Collaborative Journey.” Awards presentation to follow.

    Newberry Library • 60 West Walton • Chicago, Illinois
    East Gallery

  • Treewhispers Installation

    The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
    9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs, IL

    July 27 through October 31, 2012



  • Beaten & Bound

    May 26 - August 26, 2012
    Opening Reception: June 1, 5-8pm (CT)

    Lubeznik Center
    101 W. 2nd Street
    Michigan City, IN 46360

    Contemprary book and paper art by Doug Beube, Beatrice Coron, Brian Dettmer, Andrea Dezco, Lesley Dill, Dawn Gettler, Richard Minsky, Audrey Niffenegger, Pamela Paulsrud, Andrea Peterson, Shawn Sheehy, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Buzz Spector.



  • 9 X 12, Budapest, part2 2012

    Exhibition opening: PenClub, Budapest
    Monday, August 27, 2012



  • Library Thoughts-2

    Pen Club Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
    August 24-Sept. 16, 2012



  • Shin Jidai: Contemporary Japanese Book and Paper Arts

    Minnesota Center for Book Arts
    1011 Washington Ave. S., Ste. 100
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    May 19 – July 15, 2012; on display in MCBA’s Star Tribune Foundation Gallery
    Shin Jidai is a juried exhibition of works from over 50 regional, national and international artists, highlighting such traditional Japanese artistic practices as moku hanga (watercolor woodcut printing), origami, kirigami (paper cutting), hand papermaking, paper and fabric marbling/decorating, unique artist’s books, calligraphy, brush painting and more.

    Featured artists include: Sheila McNellis Asato, Annie Bissett, Barbara Bussolari, Carolee Campbell, Susanne Clawson, Béatrice Coron, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Angela Eastman, Gene Epstein, Andy Farkas, Lisa Giles, Emily Hoisington, Jill Kambs, Preston Lawing, Mary Ellen Long, Su Lund, Kitty Maryatt, Kyoko Matsunaga, Anna Mavromatis, Jan Melville, Hanne Niederhausen, Pamela Olson, PD Packard, Candida Pagan, Jill Parisi, Won Park, Pamela Paulsrud, Sonja Peterson, Yuka Petz, Gina Pisello, Marija Prelog, Johanne Renbeck, Josie Rodriguez, Jane Rosemarin, Ruth Scott, Scripps College Press, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Motoko Tachikawa, Terri Tibbatts, Elizabeth Tomasetti, Elizabeth Uhlig, Lizanne van Essen, April Vollmer, Michael Waltz, Jake Weigel, Lee Anne Willson, Rutherford Witthus, Constance Woo, Aleksander Wozniak and Benjamin Wuest.




  • Exploration 2012

    Artist reception: Saturday, April 7 from 11:00am-3:00pm
    Chicago Calligraphy Collective Juried Exhibit
    Newberry Library
    60 West Walton
    Chicago, IL

    March 12th - June 8th, 2012
    Opening Reception, Sat., April 7th, 11am - 3 pm






  • 9 INTERNATIONAL BOOK ART FESTIVAL CORRESPONENCE 2012-2014

    9 MIĘDZYNARODOWY FESTIWAL SZTUKI KSIĄŻKI KORESPONDENCJA 2012-2014

    oraz Wystawę Jurorów: [Along with the Jurors Exhibition]
    Prof. Ewa Latkowska, Prof. Włodzimierz Szymański, Ania Gilmore,
    Jadwiga Tryzno, Marek Gajewski, Radosław Nowakowski, Alicja Słowikowska

    Wernisaż 07.01.2012 o godz. 16tej [Opening Reception: 01.07.2012 at 4pm]

    08.01.2012 – 29.01.2012
    [Exhibition Open: 01.08.2012 – 01.29.2012]

    Płocka Galeria Sztuki
    ul. Sienkiewicza 36, 09-402 Płock, Poland

    Tel: 24 364 60 41 | www.plockagaleria.com

    Kuratorki [Curators]: Alicja Słowikowska, Jadwiga Tryzno (Poland), Ania Gilmore (USA), Sarah Bodman (UK)

    Wystawy Festiwalu w 2012: [2012 Exhibition Schedule]
    Marzec [March] – Galeria Miejska, Tarnów
    Kwiecien [April] – Książnica Pomorska, Szczecin
    Maj [May] – Biblioteka Miejska, Lublin
    Czerwiec [June] – Galeria Dwór Karwacjanów, Gorlice
    Lipiec/Sierpień [July/August] – Szklany Dom, Centrum Edukacyjne, Ciekoty, Dworek Żeromskiego w planach Kielce – towarzyszące w nowym Centrum Design
    Wrzesień [September] – Biblioteka Śląska, Katowice
    Listopad [October]– MCK BWA, Nowy Sącz

    You Tube







  • Handmade/Homemade Exhibit

    March 2012
    Mortola Library at Pace University, Westchester Campus
    Pleasantville, NY
    Curated by Dr. Deborah M. Poe
    Featured Artists: Abraham Avnisan, Alexander Jorgensen, Amy Wright, Andreas Jacobs, Anne Gorrick, Benny Lichtner, Bushra Rehman, Charles Hobson, Daisy Atterbury and Mugi Takei, Diane Schoemperlen, Friedrich Kerksieck, Gorrick, Behrendt and Cotten, Helen White, Holly Woodward, JenMarie Davis, Jesse Patrick Ferguson, Jill Magi and Jonny Farrow, Joan Fiset, Kate Hargreaves, Lori Anderson Moseman, Maureen Alsop, Meredith Stricker, Monica Ong, Nate Zoba, Nico Vassilakis, Pamela Paulsrud, Scott Helmes, Stephanie Schlaifer, Toby Fitch, Ward Tietz, Zarmina Rafi



    Sister exhibit is at the Brodsky Gallery, Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia. The Kelly Writers House is at 3805 Locust Walk on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania
    Curated by JenMarie Davis, of Fact-Simile Editions





  • Treewhispers Installation

    Bridge and Joutras Galleries in the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

    January 14 through April 8, 2012



  • Explorations

    Group exhibition in conjunction with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective.
    Munster Center for Visual & Performing Arts
    1040 Ridge Road
    Munster, IN 46321

    Reggie Ezell, Rita Foltz, Linda Hancock, Judith Joseph, Janet Kasper, Mike Kecseg, Catherine Keebler, Rosie Kelly, Janice Kiska, Lisa Kivland, Carl E Kurtz, Kathy Mandell, Gerry Moscato, Ellen Mott-Jablonski, Karen Ness, Pamela Paulsrud, Marcia Smith, Corinna Taylor, Valerie Weilmuenster, Julie Wildman, Mary Zabrin, Luce Zolna,


    January 13-March 4, 2012



  • Sustainable Book and Paper Arts

    Chicago-based paper and book artists, Melissa Jay Craig and Shawn Sheehy, will organize and curate an exhibition of paper arts. The exhibition features artists who create paper and handmade books using sustainable materials.
    Ryerson Woods
    21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
    Deerfield, IL 60015

    Participating Artists: Lisa Barcy, Heather Bella, Zina Castanuela, Suzanne Cohan-Lange, Melissa Jay Craig, Erin Cramer, Marnie Galloway, Karen Hanmer, Regin Igloria, Jill Lanza, Elisabeth Long, Leah Mayers, Teresa Pankratz, Pam Paulsrud, Andrea Peterson, Shawn Sheehy, Doug Stapleton, Jen Thomas, Jamie Thome, Sarah Vogel, Cecile Webster, Scott Wolniak

    November 6 through December 23, 2011






  • "Library Thoughts - Gondolatok a könyvtárban"

    Raday Kepeshaz, 1092 Budapest, Raday utca 25.

    Opening reception: Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00pm
    Opening remarks by Gyorgy Orban
    Curator: Beata Szechy - HMC, Istvan Sziranyi -president of the
    Hungarian BookArt Association

    Exhibiting International Artists:
    Bandy Laszlo-H, Marton Barabas-H, Lorena Carbajal-GB, Laara Cassells-
    CDN, Michael Connors-WI, Nick Davies-UK, Andrea Eis-MI, Melissa
    Gasparotto-NY, Gert-Jan van den Bemd-NL, Liz Goldberg-PA, Cynthia
    Gregory-KY, Susan Hase-AUS, Matthew Herring-UK, Enrico Hirashima-SGP,
    Melanie Irwin-AUS, Sandee Johnson-NC, Naomi Kasumi-WA, Csilla
    Kelecsenyi-H, Roberta Lavadour-OR, Andras Lengyel-H, Kichung Lee Lizee-
    TN, Kate Morrell-UK, Catherine Nicolas-F, Tibor Pataki-H, Pamela
    Paulsrud-IL, Roland Ruisz-D, Miklos P Simon-IL, Melissa Smith-TX,
    Valeria Sovaradi-H, Holly Streekstra-IN, Beata Szechy-H, Istvan
    Sziranyi-H, david K (Thompson)-CT, Christopher Troutman-IL, Nancy Kay
    Turner-CA, Laszlo Sandor Vasvari-H, Alice Chebba Walsh-NY, Deborah
    Whistler-IN
    AIR/HMC, Budapest:
    Pip Brant-FL, Elaine Byrne-IRL, Joan Edlis-UK, Michal Gavish-CA, Julia
    Hitchcock-TX, Benjamin Page-CA, Jinhee Park-UK, Tilley Stone-KY, Paulo
    Cesar Teles-BR, Joshua Watts-UAE
    Video Artists:
    Ophir Agassi-NY, Lesley Ash-OH, Charlotte Cornaton-F, EQUΔLΔTERΔL
    (Emily DiCarlo, WJ Wilson, Jacqui Arntfield)-CDN, Rajorshi Ghosh-OH,
    Liz Goldberg-PA, Yunna Kim-NY, Christine Lucy Latimer-CDN, Levy Li Sva-
    IL, Valeria Lopez-CA, Sebastian Mundwiler-CH, Bridget Riversmith-MN

    The exhibition is supported by Raday Konyveshaz Kft. - www.radaykonyveshaz.hu
    & HMC - www.hungarian-multicultural-center.com

    August 24 - September 16, 2011





  • Artists’ Books 2011

    Cuesta College
    Fine Arts Department
    San Luis Obispo, Ca.

    July 11th – August 26th, 2011




  • Artists' Book Cornucopia ll

    International juried exhibition
    Abcedarian Gallery
    910 Santa Fe, #101
    Denver, Colorado, USA

    April 15 - June 4, 2011



  • The Artful Book:


    May 1-31, 2011
    Arlington Heights Memorial Library
    500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910

    June 1-30, 2011
    Oak Lawn Public Library
    9427 South Raymond Avenue
    Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    Phone: 708-422-4990

    July 1-31, 2011
    Palatine Public Library District
    700 N. North Court
    Palatine, IL 60067



  • Necessary Fictions

    Columbia College Chicago Library
    624 S. Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (312) 369-7900

    Opening Reception April 8th, 4-8 p.m.
    April 8 - August 29, 2011




  • Exploration 25

    Chicago Calligraphy Collective Juried Exhibit
    Newberry Library
    60 West Walton
    Chicago, IL

    March 21st - June 25th, 2011
    Opening Reception & 25th Anniversary Celebration, Sat., April 9th, 11am - 3 pm
    Calligraphy demonstrations and activities from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Special anniversary program and awards presentation to follow
    For more information, contact Cathy Feeman, Exhibits Director


  • Reconstructions: The Altered Book

    Conrad Wilde Gallery
    210 N. 4th Ave.
    Tucson AZ 85705
    520.622.8977

    February 5th - February 26th
    Opening Reception February 5th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Artist talk at 5:00 pm

    Conrad Wilde Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of modified, found-object books featuring local and national artists. Featured artists include: Jody Alexander, Todd Christensen, Miles Conrad, Jessica Drenk, Lisa Kokin, Kim Largey, Carol Morgan, Pamela Paulsrud, Emily Payne, Margaret Suchland.


  • Treewhispers

    Nicolet Area Technical College
    5364 College Drive
    Rhinelander, WI 54501
    715-365-4410 or 800-544-3039

    October 22 - November 13
    Opening Reception: October 23, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Gallery Hours
    Fall and Winter Hours

    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Area HS students, Nicolet students, faculty and general public will be invited to work with Eagle River artist and papermaker Debra Jircik to create work which will be included in the exhibit. Participants will be able to make paper and/ or decorate the finished paper and/or write their stories/poems on the paper.

    Treewhispers is an ongoing international collaboration involving handmade paper, art and stories honoring trees as a symbol and a resource. Treewhispers was initiated in the year 2000 by artists Pamela Paulsrud and the late Marilyn Sward. The project has been presented in a multitude of venues while gathering round, handmade papers from participants around the world. On the papers, contributors have remembered a tree or the spirit of a tree.

    Some contributions are simply a magnificent example of beautiful handmade paper and some include text and/or imagery. Some suggest tree rings, depict leaves or illustrate a personally significant tree; others are imprinted with a poem or a meaningful story relating to trees.



  • Unbound: A Short Survey of Book Art

    Lesher Center for the Arts
    1601 Civic Dr
    Walnut Creek , CA 94596
    (925) 295-1415

    July 11 – August 29th
    Opening reception: Wednesday, July 14, 6-8pm (soft open on the 11th)

    Just as Walnut Creek opens its doors to our new downtown Walnut Creek Library this summer, the Bedford will open Unbound: a National Exhibition of Book Art. This survey celebrates the book as art-form and includes artists who make one-of-a-kind art books as well as artists who disassemble pages, covers, and spines to create three-dimensional works. Artists include: Ed Rushcha, Andy Warhol, Doug Beube, Lisa Kokin, Emily Payne, Nancy Selvin, Alison Yates, and Jina Valentine, among others.



  • The Art of the Book

    Donna Seager Gallery
    June 4 - July 31
    Reception for the Artists: Saturday, June 12, 6 to 8pm
    Gallery Talk and "reading" by Nance O'Banion Friday, July 9, 6 to 8pm

    Gallery Hours: 11 to 6, Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Artwalk, Second Friday, 5 to 8pm



  • Listening

    Melissa Jay Craig & Pamela Paulsrud
    Morgan Conservatory
    Cleveland OH

    June 4 – July 30

    Melissa Jay Craig (a native of Cleveland) and Pamela Paulsrud are Chicago area artists whose works are drawn from nature; specifically from a shared sense that there is much more to be read within the environment than is currently understood. Craig, a book and installation artist who is nearly deaf, is intrigued by our often trivialized sensory and intuitive capabilities, and by the cyclical phrasing of natural organisms. In her sculptural works, she combines these concerns, often with double-edged humor, to suggest narratives authored by our beleaguered planet. Paulsrud, who began her career as a lettering artist, views handwriting as a language within a language. She has sought to capture the unseen resonance in nature through experiments with cymatics, allowing sound frequencies to directly reveal the poetic and philosophical principles of nature. Both artists are papermakers, who use specifically-processed fibers as their primary medium.



  • Marilyn Sward:Speaking in Paper

    Center for Book and Paper Arts
    1104 S. Wabash, 2nd floor
    Chicago, IL

    Opening Reception
    Wednesday, June 9th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Exhibition: June 9 - August 21, 2010
    Gallery Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    A rich collection of the late Marilyn Sward's artwork is soon to be exhibited at the Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper entitled Speaking in Paper. Mark your calendars for the quickly approaching opening reception, on June 9 from 5:30-8:30pm.

    Join in a celebration of Marilyn's incredible journey that touched and inspired so many — her life woven through the creative process while simultaneously building community. She was an important artist during a critical period when hand papermaking was coming into its own as a fine art medium. Her passion is exhibited in her artwork, alternative photographic process on handmade paper, travel journals that contain the richness of the excursions and the forest of Treewhispers which continues to grow, gathering handmade paper with artwork, poetry, stories — connecting still.



  • *The Illustrated Accordion*

    An exhibition of accordion-style books by artists from around the United States and Canada
    Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Gallery
    April 2 - 30, 2010
    Opening Reception: April 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    The accordion book is a simple folded structure that can be viewed sequentially, turning the pages like a regular book, or opened up and displayed all at once. First invented by the Chinese in the 9th century, accordion books have a long history, and are particularly popular with artists who use their display quality to exhibit the pictures inside.
    Over 20 artists from around the US and Canada are included in this exhibition including Peter and Donna Thomas of Santa Cruz, Mario Laplante of San Francisco, Rhonda Miller of Halifax, and Marlene Yuen of Vancouver.
    This exhibition will be on display in the KBAC Gallery from April 2 - 30. The opening reception is Friday, March 2, 6 - 9 p.m., during Art Hop. The reception will be held in conjunction with our 5th Annual Edible Book Festival. Gallery hours during the week are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.



  • Held Over through February by Popular Demand

    Letters to Chequamegon Bay, Invitational Calligraphy Exhibit
    January 1 - 31, 2010
    Artist recetion, Saturday, January 16
    Washburn Cultural Center
    1 East Bayfield Street
    Washburn, WI 54891
    715-373-5591


  • The Convergence Project

    August 18 - September 18
    Vespine Gallery
    1907 S. Halsted 1st Floor
    Chicago, IL, 60608
    Curated by Jenn Morea and UCM Department of Art & Design Alumnus Jamie Lou Thome, The Convergence Project features ten artists and eight poets reflecting on the theme of convergence.
    Opening Reception:
    Thursday, August 20. 4 pm to 6 pm



  • *2010 Exploration*

    The 24th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
    March 15-May 28, 2010
    The Newberry Library
    60 West Walton, Chicago, IL
    Opening Reception, Sat.,March 27, 11am-3pm



  • Book and Paper

    August 15- Sept. 17, 2009
    Gallery Ten Exhibition
    12625 Highway 42
    Gills Rock, Wisconsin 54219
    920.854.9907

    Hear about it at Door County Style




  • Paperworks 2009 International Juried Competition

    Judge: Maura Heffner, Exhibition Manager, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
    August 1-30. 2009
    Reception August 8
    b.j. spoke gallery
    299 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
    631.549.5106



  • Second Nature: Recycled Materials Inspired by Animals, Plants and Insects

    Curated by found-objects artist Michelle Stitzlein, this exhibition features work by contemporary artists from across the country.
    July 12–August 23, 2009
    Ohio Craft Museum
    1665 W. Fifth Avenue
    Columbus Ohio 43212

    Read about it in The Columbus Dispatch


  • Exploration 2009

    Chicago Calligraphy Collective's 23nd Annual Juried Show & Treewhispers Exhibition
    February 9 – March 28, 2009
    Newberry Library
    60 West Walton
    Chicago , Illinois



  • Books Outside the Binding

    Dec 5, 2008 – Feb 13, 2009
    Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    1515 SW 10th Ave
    Topeka, KS 66604-1374
    (785) 580-4400



  • CHICAGO IN SEOUL

    July 25 - September 12, 2008
    CENTER FOR BOOK & PAPER ARTS
    Columbia College Chicago
    1104 SOUTH WABASH AVE., 2ND FLOOR
    CHICAGO, IL 60605
    312 344 6630 / Fax 312 344 8082



  • ROCK PAPER SCISSORS

    This exhibition features works by Melissa Jay Craig, John DeVylder, Agnieszka Jachymczyk, Michael Montenegro, Pamela Paulsrud and Issac Williams.
    Curated by Chie Curley and Barbara Goldsmith
    September 18 though November 11, 2008
    Noyes Cultural Art Center
    927 Noyes St
    Evanston, IL 60201
    (847) 491-0266

    Read about it here The Noyes Blog



  • 5TH INTERNATIONAL BOOK & PAPER ARTS TRIENNIAL

    Jurors: Robert McCamant, Pamela Paulsrud and Max Yela
    July 25 - September 12, 2008
    CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, September 12, 5:30–7:30PM
    Fifty-nine art works from the papermaking and artists’ book genre will be exhibited during the 5th International Book & Paper Arts Triennial. This juried exhibition features fine and letterpress printed and bound books, broadsides, artists’ books, book objects, sculptural paper, paper cuts, pulp painting and altered books that have been selected from an international base of the most recognized artists working in the medium today. Paper vessels that dangle from ceiling to floor; sculpture that is 2 inches tall; a book “written” in broken glass; another containing the mnemonic bird calls of Midwest songbirds; etchings of Paris gardens; a taxonomy of urban fowl (of the human kind); illustrated poems;corn stalks made of paper; a photo journey through a car wash—all can be viewed and enjoyed. A catalog of the exhibition will be available for purchase during the closing reception on Friday, September 12.

    Forty-four finalists:
    &Lyn Ashby, M.K. Augustine, Alice Austin, Fairley Barnes, Jana Brubaker,
    Rob Buchert, Elaine Chong, Margaret Couch Cogswell, Archie Granot,
    Karen Hanmer, Mary Hark, Mary Heebner, Judy Bergman Hochberg,
    Craig Jobson, David B. Johnson, Peggy Johnston, Wendy Kawabata
    Ellen Knudson, Carole Kunstad, Angela Liguori and Silvana Amato,
    Elaine Langerman, Claudia Lee, Marie Marcano, Kim Matthews, Daniel Mellis, Tim Mosely, Elizabeth Munger, Sabina U. Nies, Jan Owen, Anne Pelikan, Sumi Perera, Sandi Rigby, Regula Russelle, Scripps College Press: Kitty Maryatt, Shawn Sheehy, Richard Shipps, Areujana Sim, Tricia Smout, Diane M. Stemper, S.C. Thayer, Jennifer Vignone, Laura Wait, Beata Wehr / Linney Wix%
    CENTER FOR BOOK & PAPER ARTS
    Columbia College Chicago
    1104 SOUTH WABASH AVE., 2ND FLOOR
    CHICAGO, IL 60605
    312 344 6630 / Fax 312 344 8082

  • PUBLICATIONS

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  • Letter Arts Review 23-1

    LR23-1. LAR Issue 23 Number 1
    Cover artist: Pamela Paulsrud; A conversation with Sam Fink By Rosemary Kracke; Photo essay: Letters from Croatia By Holly Cohen-Roochvarg; Kanteiryu By Christine Flint-Sato; Briefly noted: Collaborative pieces hand-carved in stone by Adam Heller and Tracy Mahaffey; Themes in the lettering arts: Humor; Review: Bindings at the Morgan Library; Parting shot: Linda Renc



  • 500 HANDMADE BOOKS

    Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form, juried by the esteemed Steve Miller.
    Publisher:Lark
    Published: July 2008
    ISBN: 1-57990-877-2
    ISBN13: 9781579908775



  • PRESENTATIONS

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  • Sounding the Landscape

    Book and Paper Arts Guild
    Lisle Library
    777 Front Street Lisle, IL
    6:30 pm, September 8, 2011

    For further information contact Cheryl Mahowald




  • SAN SYMPOSIUM 2010

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010
    1:00 until 3:30 p.m.
    4Chicago Cultural Center
    Renaissance Court
    78 E Washington Street (Randolph St. Side)




  • Treewhispers—Planting the seed

    In conjunction with Exploration
    Chicago Calligraphy Collective's Juried Exhibition

    Newberry Library
    60 W. Walton St.
    Chicago, IL