Collaborative Histories: Dieu Donné, co-curated by John Caperton, Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center and Cynthia Nourse Thompson, Director of the MFA Book Arts and Studio Art MFA Programs, The University of The Arts, Philadelphia, brings together both unique and editioned works created at Dieu Donné, an organization that makes art using the process of hand-papermaking.
Founded in 1976, the New York-based Dieu Donné is unique for its intensive and inventive focus on handmade paper. It is also renowned for its embrace of collaboration and experimentation between artists and their highly skilled studio technicians.
“Collaboration and experimentation are essential to introducing artists from all practices to a medium that is new to them and to helping these artists realize unexpected and innovative outcomes in their work. Our studio collaborators work side by side with each artist in the wet studio, and encourage and support an artist's experimentation. In turn, each artist challenges us to try new things and develop new approaches to meet their goals. A truly reciprocal and rewarding give-and-take.”
- Kathleen Flynn, Executive Director of Dieu Donné
About Dieu Donné
Dieu Donné, a leading non-profit cultural institution dedicated to serving established and emerging artists through the collaborative creation of contemporary art using the process of hand-papermaking, was founded in 1976 by Susan Gosin and Bruce Wineberg to explore the untapped potential of hand-papermaking as an art medium.
In addition to commissioning new works by contemporary artists, Dieu Donné fulfills its mission through offering exhibitions, public programs and educational activities.