Visiting artist shows handmade books at UNT P.R.I.N.T Press

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 22:11

What: Making Paper Mean Something, an exhibition by guest artist John Risseeuw.

When/Where: The exhibition will be at P.R.I.N.T, 1120 West Oak St., Denton, from Feb. 25 (Monday) through March 27 (Wednesday). P.R.I.N.T is open from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, and by appointment.

Cost: Free, open to the public.

Additional events: John Risseeuw will give a free talk from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Feb. 27 (Wednesday) in room 116 of Sage Hall on the UNT campus. The public is welcome to attend. Risseeuw will also give an informal talk about his work starting at 11 a.m. during a come-and-go open house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 1 (Friday) at P.R.I.N.T Press.

Contact: For more information or to schedule a visit, call 940-565-2485 or email


DENTON (UNT), Texas – The artist books of Arizona State University Professor of Art John Risseeuw will be displayed in an exhibition from Feb. 25 to March 27 at Print Research Institute of North Texas (P.R.I.N.T Press), a fine art press operated by the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

Risseeuw teaches printmaking, book arts and papermaking, and directs Pyracantha Press, book arts imprint of ASU. His prints, books and collaborative artworks have been shown in more than 400 exhibitions and collected widely. Risseeuw is known for incorporating political and social themes in his work, said P.R.I.N.T Director Lari Gibbons.

“He brings integrity to the entire process of making art,” said Gibbons. “For example, in a book about landmines, the paper is made from the clothing of victims, minefield plant fibers and currency of mine-producing nations.”

In the four decades of his work as an artist, Risseeuw’s art has reflected themes such as political corruption, equal rights, environmental abuse, illegal wars, economic justice and other political and social topics. His current work utilizes letterpress and relief, often on handmade paper, producing prints and artist books.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the College of Visual Arts and Design’s Core Talk, Core Design and Fibers, and the UNT Fine Arts Series and P.R.I.N.T Press.


While its primary mission is to create contemporary art by working with artists on site, P.R.I.N.T Press – or The Print Research Institute of North Texas – also educates students in a professional print shop through internships; hands-on experience working with artists; and participation in the producing, curating and marketing aspects of the prints. P.R.I.N.T Press also serves as a resource for contemporary art in the North Texas area and helps broaden the understanding of printmaking and its various techniques.

About John Risseeuw

In 2009, the Library of Congress purchased an archive of Risseeuw’s work on paper and, this year, acquired all books from his Cabbagehead Press. He is founding president of the College Book Art Association and has spoken at conferences in the U.S., Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Finland, Netherlands and Philippines. Recent prints on handmade paper about landmines and war detritus generate fundraising for agencies that assist mine victims and mine clearance.

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