John Risseeuw is Professor of Art at Arizona State University where he has taught printmaking, book arts, and papermaking since 1980. He directs the Pyracantha Press, founded in 1982 as the book arts imprint of ASU; his own Cabbagehead Press was founded in 1972. His prints, books, and collaborative works have been exhibited and collected widely. The Library of Congress has purchased all of his works on paper and books. He was founding president of the College Book Art Association and has served on the Board of Directors of Hand Papermaking magazine.
Over four decades, his art has touched on political and social themes, including corruption, equal rights, environmental abuse, fascism, illegal wars, arms proliferation, and sheer idiocy. Recent prints and a limited edition book about landmines, victims, and detritus of war were printed on paper made from the clothing of victims, plant fibers from the minefields, and the shredded currency of nations that make the landmines, generating funds for agencies that assist mine victims and work for mine clearance.
Marjorie Devon has been director of the Tamarind Institute since 1985. During that time, she has made Tamarind’s presence felt around the world; she has lectured widely on topics related to American printmaking, curated exhibitions, and developed many special projects with artists that often integrate social and artistic goals. Devon has edited three books and is the author, with Bill Lagattuta and Rodney Hamon, of Tamarind Techniques for Fine Art Lithography.