Visual and Media Arts Department to host Risograph printing leader

October 23, 2017

Visual and Media Arts Department to host Risograph printing leader

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 biennale 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.

The series of events include:

Lecture with George Wietor at GVSU
Monday, November 6 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids,

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

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

For more information, visit the following links:

(UPDATE: The "Wietor Week" events also received great coverage by the arts-specialized local media. A piece on the events was published on the local website The Rapid Growth and another one on Cultured.GR. You can read the piece on Wietor Week on Rapid Growth Media here. The Cultured.GR article can be read on this link.)


Image credit: Jaime Johnson

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