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FEBRUARY 10 - APRIL 15, 2014 
Co-curated by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter

Exhibition Related Events

The Big Here | Tuesday, February 11 | Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
A Homecoming for Julia: Language + Labor | February 17 
From Paper to Practice: Tactics and Publics as Socially Engaged Art | Friday, February 14 | College Art Association Conference
The People's Library DIY Paper Workshops | March 13 – 14
Nicholas A. Basbanes: On Paper | April 1

Chicago Tribune
Art in Print 

Curatorial essay, by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter
A Paper History, by Gail Deery

Additional Resources: Paper in Context
Click here to view a curatorial timeline that places papermaking within the context of the history of social practice

About the Exhibition
According its proponents, socially engaged art blurs the lines between politics, community organizing and art. Projects such as community gardens and centers, interactive and multi-generational workshops, educational programs, and public art invoke the spirit of urgent social transformation. The exhibition initiative Social Paper charts the evolution of the art of hand papermaking in relation to recent discourse around socially engaged art and points specifically to craft, labor and site specificity, as well as the collaborative and community aspects of hand papermaking as contemporary art practice. 

migrant object

Participating Artists and Organizations
Loreto Apilado and Trisha Martin
Laura Anderson Barbata
Kim Berman
Combat Paper
Nick Dubois
Fresh Press (University of Illinois)
Julia Goodman
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe
Cathy Mooses
Parents Circle - Families Forum
Peace Paper
Maggie Puckett
John Risseeuw
Kiff Slemmons
The People’s Library (Richmond)
Women’s Studio Workshop / Art Farm (Talya Baharal, Ken Gray, Alison Knowles)

Exhibition Funders
Craft Research Fund
Clinton Hill / Allen Tran Foundation
Rubin Family Fund


Spring Spotlight Exhibition



Thursday, February 13
3D Printing Panel and Roundtable Discussion | 2:30PM
Opening Reception | 5pm 

A collaboration between the College Art Association and v1b3. 
Curated by Mat Rappaport, Gail Rubin, Conrad Gleber + Christopher Manzione


ART2Make is an exhibition of artists who create sculptural objects using digital files and 3D printing techniques. The published catalog is an essential component of the exhibition. The hope is for it to inspire expanded dialogue by using emerging and innovative digital technologies,  and also to have it serve as a model for continued social-media relationships between artists and audiences—something not possible before the existence of the Internet.  

ART2Make is a continuation of two previous v1b3 catalogs, Scan2Goand AR2View which also explored emerging media practices by artists, including augmented reality and QR codes. Each catalogue includes a critical review by an art historian to promote a dialogue about emerging visual-arts practices and their use in creating new media artworks. The pages of each catalogue (which are freely distributed, and provide the files for anyone to “print.") provide a means to the artworks themselves as well as documentation of the “exhibition."

Click here to see more about several site-specific projects from v1b3, and its use of public and social spaces as gallery environments.

The ART2Make catalog is sponsored by the College Art Association’s Services to Artists Committee, and will be distributed to CAA’s membership during the annual conference in February 2014.

Let's Be Human To Each Other

by Matthew Hoffman | Inaugural public art project in the Papermaker's Garden

Opening February 13, 2014 | Wabash Avenue at 8th Street

Let's Be Human to Each Other

The Center for Book and Paper Arts Papermaker's Garden at Columbia College Chicago welcomes its inaugural public art project by notable artist and designer Matthew Hoffman. His installation of 15 brightly colored camp signs that feature text fragments is exemplary of his many earlier public installation projects at venues such as Pitchfork and Comfort Station. While the warm colorful palette is playfully subversive against a late winter backdrop, it is the affirming language of the signs that opens up a real dimension for poetic engagement.  

This installation reflects the Center for Book and Paper Arts interest in the intersection of text and contemporary art, and how the activity of reading is an essential part of the experience of visual art. This is the first in a series of public art projects that will activate the Papermaker's Garden alongside its other pedagogical activities that include planting, papermaking, performance and installation. 

About Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is a Chicago-based artist and designer whose expansive portfolio has been exhibited internationally. He is the founder of You Are Beautiful, and operates out of his studio Hey It's Matthew. Hoffman's ideas and work have been included in Good, the New York Times Magazine, and Ready Made. He has been published in a number of books by Gestalten, Droog, and Taschen, and was featured in a segment on the Oprah network.

Supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council

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