Saturday, November 26, 2011

Exhibition and workshop by Nikki McClure

Antioch College to host exhibition and workshop by famed papercut artist Nikki McClure

Antioch College will host a solo exhibition by paper crafter Nikki McClure beginning Friday, December 2, in the College’s Herndon Gallery. An opening reception featuring an artist talk will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. An artist workshop, presented in collaboration with the Writing Institute, will follow on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Workshop seating is limited and participants are required to register in advance by e-mailing Sara Black at

The exhibition, Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996-2011, premiered this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. Cutting Her Own Path showcases McClure’s unique papercut artwork alongside her popular and better-known calendars, books, and other recent projects.

Based in Olympia, Washington, McClure has spent fifteen years creating compelling narratives by cutting into black paper with an X-Acto knife. Her delicate and sculptural “carved paintings” connect personal experiences to collective memory through a celebration of current and traditional models of self-sufficiency, resourcefulness and participation in community.

She created her first papercut for a self-published book, Apple (1996), and produced her first hand-bound calendar in 1998. Her iconic style of papercut has resonated with a diverse audience and has been featured on snowboards, Patagonia t-shirts, record covers, magazine illustrations, greeting cards, movies, tote bags, Microsoft advertisements, non-profit logos, strangers’ tattoos and even the storm drains in Olympia, Washington.

Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996-2011 can be viewed 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through February 15 in the Herndon Gallery on the Antioch College campus.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Sara Black at