Amanda Degener is a leading figure in the field of hand papermaking and paper arts. From 1985-1992, she worked at Hand Papermaking, a journal devoted to the art and craft of handmade paper, which she founded/published with Michael Durgin. She taught papermaking, artists' books, 2D and 3D Foundation and sculpture at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), where she was the first artist-in-residence and first Artistic Director. Other accomplishments include exhibitions, publications (writing and publishing), collaborations, commissions, residencies, and grant awards. Degener currently teaches internationally in: China, Sweden, Taiwan, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Canada. From 1992-2020 Degener was the co-founder and proprietor of Cave Paper which is now in Tucson AZ. In 2022, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC purchased Cave Paper’s archives and hosted a group exhibition called Paper Legacy with a catalogue called Pattern and Flow the Golden Age of American Decorative Paper 1960’s to 2000’s. Since selling Cave Paper in 2020 she is working full time on her artwork often making custom-made paper for translucent artworks.

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