Guild of American Papercutters

 founded 1988

Current and Upcoming Papercutting Events

    • 05 Dec 2019
    • (PST)
    • 31 Jan 2020
    • (PST)
    • Fleet Wood, 839 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

    Bianca Levan, Guild Member and Board Member, is featured in the fifth annual 100 Under 100 Group Show at FleetWood, in San Francisco, California. The opening reception was on Dec 5, but you can still attend! Come view the art until Jan 31st. Facebook: ; Instagram: @fleetwood_sf

    • 17 Dec 2019
    • 17 Feb 2020
    • Westover Library, Arlington, VA

    "Places in Paper" has moved to Westover Library, in Arlington, VA! GAP members from all regions of the country and overseas have contributed to this special exhibition of papercutting, entitled Places in Paper. The exhibition, curated by Melanie Kehoss (, started its journey at Gallery 3700, in Arlington, VA, and has now moved to Westover Library in Arlington, where it can be seen until February 17, 2020

    This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

    • 02 Jan 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Gallery 114, in the Pearl, Portland, Oregon
    Hazel Glass has two pieces in the show 'With Bated Breath', a juried invitational exhibition at Gallery 114 (in the Pearl, Portland, OR) which had an opening reception during the First Thursday art walk, January 2nd, from 6-9pm.

    More from Gallery 114 (

    Gallery 114’s January show is a juried invitational for work that captures the sensation of breathing shallowly in response to heightened anticipation. The art is stimulated by whatever might be around the corner and that speaks to our hopes and our anxieties whether personal, political, cultural, or global.

    For this show, “With Bated Breath,” we turn our gallery over to innovative artists who test boundaries and dive into their sense of creative freedom responding to the spirit of our times.

    Included in the show is the work of artists from Oregon, California, Washington, Wyoming, Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas, and Montana.

    Opening reception – First Thursday, January 2, 6-9 pm

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 6:00 PM (PST)
    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Verum Ultimum Gallery, Ainsworth St, Portland, Oregon

    Hazel Glass has a collaboration with another artist in the show 'A Generous Kingdom IV' at Verum Ultimum Gallery (3014 NE Ainsworth St, Portland, OR) which has an opening reception on January 11th, from 6-8pm. HazelGlass/

    More about the show:

    A Generous Kingdom IV, at Verum Ultimum Art Gallery Northeast

    Jan 11–Feb 8, 2020, Tuesdays–Thursdays and Saturdays, 6–8 pm

    All Ages


    The latest installment of this annual group exhibition features over 43 pieces by 43 artists combining to create a lavish tapestry of pattern which blends poignantly with narrative depth. For more info on the show and to get (free) tickets,

    3014 NE Ainsworth, Portland, OR 97211  

    347-752-8915; email:

    • 19 Jan 2020
    • 24 May 2020
    • Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan

    Exhibit: Pulped Under Pressure

    january 19, 2020 — may 24, 2020

    Pulped Under PressureWith traditional hand papermaking at its core, PULPED UNDER PRESSURE underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgement of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today. Each of the artists, Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett, starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers. Their multifaceted results incorporate a rich range of printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with a diversity of recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bedsheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires. In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. Instead, the material is transformed and imbedded with content that turns communication into a public practice. By challenging assumptions, the artists of PULPED UNDER PRESSURE create artworks that are both beautiful and brave.


    Dennos Museum Center

    1701 E. Front St.

    (1410 College Drive)
    Traverse City, MI 49686

    For more info:
    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan
    Creative Paper Cutting Workshop

    saturday, february 8th — 10:00 am

    Reni Gower artwork

    Complimentary soup and salad provided for lunch
    $100 for Dennos members / $120 for non-members

    In this full day workshop, you will create your own intricate paper-cut design from start to finish, learn about the tools and techniques of design, and visit the exhibition Pulped Under Pressure to see paper art firsthand. Artist Reni Gower will lead you through each step of the process and offer some tips and tricks along the way. Bring your own materials or use those provided by the NMC Art Department. Paper will be provided.

    Workshop tickets are available online (, or call the museum at 231-995-1055 during our regular business hours. 

    Materials List
    1 Snap blade or x-acto knife
    1 24" ruler / straight edge
    Pencil, eraser
    Compass (optional)
    Cutting surface (self healing mat or corrugated cardboard)
    Masking tape / painters tape


    1701 E. Front St.
    (1410 College Drive)
    Traverse City, MI 49686

    For more info:

    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Art Institute of Chicago

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 新年快乐 SELAMAT TAHUN BARU あけまし ておめでとうございます 새해 복 많이 받으세요 NYOB ZOO XYOO TSHIAB สวัสดีปีใหม่ CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI LO SAR BZANG រីករាយឆ​ ្នាំថ​ ្មី​

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year with art-making activities, games, performances, an artist demonstration, and gallery talks in English, and also available in Mandarin. At 5:00 head to Millennium Park for a special lantern procession, and continue the celebration at Maggie Daley Park.

    All activities are free with museum admission and for all ages unless otherwise noted. 

    Paper Cutting Demonstration
    Griffin Court
     1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 (30 minutes each)
    Watch artist and Guild Member Lucy P. Liu create traditional Chinese paper cuttings (jiǎn zhǐ) to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Lucy has taught many classes, including at Evanston Art Center, Chicago Public Library, and the Bethany Retirement Center.

    Gallery Talks 
    Meet in Gallery 100 
    1:00–4:00, every 30 minutes (15 minutes each)

    Maximum group size: 20
    Adults and children ages 12 and up
    Hear short talks in the Asian galleries exploring trade routes, Korean moon jars, the Phoenix panels, and 18th-century Japanese calendar prints known as egoyomi.

    Play Weiqi (Go, baduk
    Alsdorf Galleries
    Drop in 1:00–4:30 

    Enjoy a strategy board game invented in China over 2,500 years ago and played by more than 20 million people in Japan, Korea, and many other places.

    Play Xiangqi (Chinese Chess, cờ tướng)
    Gallery 144
    Drop in 1:00–4:30

    Play a board game popular in China and Vietnam, and similar to strategy games like western chess, Chaturanga or Indian chess, Shogi, and Janggi

    Paper Lanterns
    Outside the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
    Drop in 1:00–4:30

    Create a paper lantern using seasonal designs. Pick up a wooden handle in the Modern Wing lobby to carry your lantern as you leave the museum for the lantern procession.

    The Great Zodiac Animal Race
    Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
    1:30 and 3:00 (20 minutes)

    Chicago Puppet Studio retells the classic Lunar New Year zodiac tale with shadow puppet animals inspired by Asian languages and pictograms and live music by Tatsu Aoki.

    Percussion Performance
    Griffin Court
    2:30 and 3:30 (20 minutes each)

    Kioto Aoki plays the tsuzumi, a small Japanese hand drum, and two large drums used in taiko ensembles.

    Persons with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to two weeks in advance of the program. 


    The Chicago Park District generously supports all activities at the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Support for public programs is provided in part by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Special thanks to the Chinese Fine Arts Society.

    • 02 Mar 2020
    • 23 Mar 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • Cheltenham Adult School, Cheltenham High, Wyncote, PA
    Karen Shain Schloss is teaching a Papercutting Class at Cheltenham Adult School in Wyncote PA, in March! Four Monday nights, the 2, 9, 16, and 23rd, 2020 (7:30-9:00 pm). The class is open to any skill level; it starts with an overview of multicultural traditions, ancient to contemporary.