Chazen Museum of Art


A Life in Book Arts: Ruth Lingen

February 20, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM | Chazen Auditorium

UW-Madison Alumna Ruth Lingen in Conversation with Amy Gilman

In high school, Ruth Lingen fell in love with letterforms as she painted billboards along Interstate 90 in rural South Dakota. She calls her printmaking professor (and UW alumnus) John Risseeuw her mentor at the University of South Dakota, where she focused on printmaking, made her first books and earned a BFA. After a year as a commercial silk-screen printer, she started graduate school at the University of WisconsinMadison and assisted Walter Hamady in the type shop. When Hamady went on sabbatical, Joe Wilfer stepped in to teach, and Lingen became Wilfer’s assistant. She collaborated with a number of UW students, and after receiving her MFA in 1984, she moved to New York City to work with her mentor Wilfer. Over the years, she has created artists’ books and print projects with artists including Jim Dine, Kiki Smith, and Jessica Stockholder and poets such as Robert Creeley, Edward Hirsch, and Jeremy Sigler. As the director of Pace Paper, Lingen helps artists, such as sculptor Leonardo Drew, articulate concepts in mediums they haven’t previously used. “We have explored so many different creative processes in papermaking that we are taking that language and really pushing it,” she says. A printer, printmaker, and typographer, she publishes books under her imprints Pootë Press and Picture Books.

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