Organized originally by the American Craft Museum in cooperation with the Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts. For its presentation in San Diego the exhibition was organized by the Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts in cooperation with Mingei International Museum. Generous support for the exhibition was provided by the Ministry of Education, Finland; the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange (FRAME); the Arts Council of the Helsinki Region, Finland; the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles and Terzakoski, Oy. Additional Support was provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland. The exhibition was funded in part by The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and The County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.

PAPER + FINLAND = ART presented contemporary work in paper by 18 Finnish artists including Solhi Arha’s paper baskets, Kaarina Kaikkonen’s monumental leaves, Miika Nyssönen’s cardboard sculptures, Barbro Kulvik’s chess set and lamps by Irina Pått. Other artists featured in the exhibition were Leenakaisu Hattunen, Eeva-Liisa Isomaa, Eija Isojärvi, Päivikki Kallio, Harri Leppänen, Jukka Mäkelä, Ritva Puotila, Anneli Sainio, Kai Rentola, Janna Syvänoja, Senja Vellonen, Karin Widnäs and Merja Winqvist.

A documentary exhibition brochure published by the American Craft Museum accompanied the exhibition. At the conclusion of the Members’ Reception on July 9, Mary Gregory, an American artist living in Finland, presented an illustrated lecture on Finnish art, the current enthusiasm for paper as a medium and artists in the exhibition. Honored guests attending the reception were Nicola Lindertz, Deputy Consul General of Finland, Los Angeles; The Honorable Bert Salonen, Honorary Consul of Finland, San Diego and Juulia Kauste, Executive Director, The Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

from Martha E’s blog post, My Quest
Feb 7, 12

Some people chase rainbows; I chase paper. It all started with PAPER INNOVATIONS (October 1985 until January 1986) at the Museum’s original location in University Towne Centre. It was my first encounter with the variety of uses that man has found for this seemingly delicate material over the centuries. From the gorgeous Indian fighting…

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