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George Wietor of Issue Press

photo credit - Jaime Johnson

photo credit - Jaime Johnson

Date and Time

Friday, November 10, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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The GVSU Visual & Media Arts Department is proud to present George Wietor of Issue Press. A graduate of Grand Valley's Film/Video program, Wietor is an artist, curator, publisher and organizer who has worked industriously for over 15 years to shape the cultural landscape of Grand Rapids in myriad meaningful ways. Wietor has garnered international attention for his work with Issue Press and the use of Risograph printers to produce art books and zines. He is recognized as a leader in the development of this technology, which is booming in design circles, museums, and art schools all over the world. Wietor was a keynote speaker at the 1st RISO biennial at the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands and returned to participate in a week-long version of the biennale in 2016. In March he was invited to give a three-day workshop at Duplica 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil. For several years, Issue Press has been included in major art book fairs from NYC to Bergen, Norway, and Wietor is one of the organizers of the North American Riso Conference, held concurrently with the Chicago Art Book Fair. His prodigious work in the Riso world has also taken the form of Stencil, a Riso wiki for Artists, Designers, and Printers, and an Atlas of Modern Risography.

In addition, Wietor is co-founder of the Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC), a DIY music and visual art venue, and is currently on staff at Community Media Center. At CMC, he was part of the core team that developed The Rapidian - an online, hyperlocal news source - with funds from the Knight Foundation, and in partnership with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

other events include:

Workshop with George Wietor @ Issue Press
Friday, November 10
George will also be conducting a Workshop at Issue Press for 12 participants. See the Facebook event for details.

OpenHouse @ Issue Press
Issue Press/ Tanglefoot Studios
314 Straight Ave SW Grand Rapids
The week will conclude with an Openhouse at Issue Press.

(photo credit - Jaime Johnson)




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