Don Widmer combines hand papermaking, bookbinding, and printing to create works inspired by storytelling and real and imagined histories. His handmade paper is pulp painted, a fiber technique where imagery is "painted" with pigmented cotton fiber during the formation of the sheet. His sculptural artist books include his own writing and incorporate unusual book structures featuring movement and light.
Widmer has exhibited throughout the Midwest, including Glenview Public Library, Terrain Biennial (Columbia College Chicago), Arts on Elston, Side Street Studio Arts, Morpho Gallery, Art on Track, Hearts-A-Bluhm, and Illinois Wesleyan University. His recent awards include Best in Show (West End Art Festival La Grange), Best in Medium (Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair), Best in Show (For the Love of Art Elkhart), Outstanding Achievement in 2D Paper (Buffalo Grove Art Festival), and the Redhead Design Studio Honorary Award (East Lansing Art Festival). Widmer has taught papermaking workshops at the Arlington Heights Art Guild, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, and Spudnik Press. His work is represented in several university and library collections nationwide. Raised in Cleveland, Widmer received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago in May 2012. Prior to his art career, he was Library Director at VanderCook College of Music from 1996-2009.
My work can be found in the following collections: