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

papercut by Nikki McClure

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – November 17, 2011 – 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.

McClure describes her work process as the creation of an image through the removal of paper. “What is left is all connected,” she explains, “fragile, yet strong, like the world I am depicting.”

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.

In addition to a calendar print run of 17,000, McClure’s books have been published by Sasquatch Books and Chronicle Books. She also is the writer/illustrator of four children’s books published by Abrams Books, including The New York Times bestseller All in a Day (2009) by Cynthia Rylant.

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

About Antioch College
Antioch College is a private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one or more of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences off campus. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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