Art on Paper 2023: The 47th Exhibition

On View Now
Sep 2, 2023
- Apr 6, 2024
2nd Floor: The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery

Maria Britton, Feel Free, 2023. Ballpoint pen, cardboard, glue, journal pages, miscellaneous paper, newspaper, and wood, 11 x 11 x 2 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Maria Britton, photo courtesy of the artist

The Weatherspoon is pleased to announce the 47th presentation of Art on Paper. A time-honored museum tradition, the exhibition features the work of artists who demonstrate the breadth of ways in which one can deploy the humble medium of paper to extraordinary ends. From layering colorful strips as one might on a piñata, to precisely cutting through an elongated page until its image appears as if made by lace, to densely coating giant sheets with shellac and walnut ink until they appear as weighty as stone, these artists harness the seemingly infinite ability of paper to take on myriad forms. Simultaneously, they use those forms to explore a rich array of topics–from the links and tensions between humans and the natural environment to the beauty found in the often overlooked materials of our daily lives, to the complexity of heritage tracked across centuries of global migrations.

This year’s installation includes work by the following artists: Norman Akers (Lawrence, KS); Maria Britton (Carrboro, NC); Antonius Tín Bui (New Haven, CT); Justin Favela (Los Vegas, NV); Alexis Granwell (Philadelphia, PA); Krystal Hart (Greensboro, NC); Jodi Hays (Nashville, TN); Jackie Milad (Baltimore, MD); Tammy Nguyen (Easton, CT); Kelley O’Brien (Greensboro, NC); David Opdyke (Queens, NY); Marielle Plaisir (Miami, FL); Ransome (Rhinebeck, NY); Athena LaTocha (Brooklyn, NY); Kirsten Stolle (Asheville, NC); and Jacquelyn Strycker (Brooklyn, NY).

Organized by Dr. Emily Stamey, Elizabeth McIver Weatherspoon Curator of Academic Programs and Head of Exhibitions