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Old Friends Talk Art: Virtual Edition

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Welcome to our Old Friends Talk Art VIRTUAL EDITION. Join us online at 10am Wednesday, February 10, when we feature Dawn Wohlford-Metallo who will discuss the Monmouth College Student Art Show on exhibit at the Hewes Library during the month of February. A link will be available prior to the event. Stay tuned for more details.

Sculptural paper artist Dawn Wohlford-Metallo discovered handmade paper during a National Art Educators conference in 1983, while she was a junior at Truman State University. She returned to college and read everything she could find about making paper, then began experimenting with handmade screens, an old blender, and recycled paper using her bathtub as a vat. Using these crude supplies, she was able to create art for her Senior Show and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Still obsessed with creating art with paper pulp, she chose to attend Arizona State University to learn hands on from one of the authors whose book she had studied. With her new skills, she moved to Colorado and became an apprentice to Raymond Tomasso, an internationally known artist. She gave workshops in Vail and Leadville and produced 150 sheets of nearly identical denim papers for a limited-edition book, Strange Papers, that was assembled and bound in Germany. At the same time, she attended the University of Colorado and earned an MFA in sculpture in 1988. She moved back to her hometown in Iowa in 1998 and she became the Visual Arts Director for Quad City Arts, a nonprofit organization. She oversees two art galleries and a public sculpture program. Additionally, she serves on the Acquisitions Committee for the Figge Art Museum and teaches papermaking at Gilda’s Club. After caring for her home & family, she creates art in the wee hours of the night. She consistently exhibits her work in regional exhibitions.

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