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Remaking the Discarded: Papermaking and Collaborative Installation


1: 6/26/2023 - 7/9/2023


Visual Art & Design


Zeina Baltagi​ will lead the rag papermaking portion of the class, and guide students through a conceptual approach to papermaking and installation. Hilary Lorenz and Michelle Wilson will work with students to transform their paper into unique works of art. Students will learn how to define public art parameters, work within site-specific installation requirements, and d​evelop a unifying concept. Los Angeles artists Aryana Minai and Sonia Romero will give artist talks and meet with students.

Who Should Take This Class

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students with interest in drawing, printmaking, painting, fibers, sculpture, and public art. Students interested in learning to make handmade paper or experiencing collaborative work and public art.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

Personal Statement: Artist statement

Portfolio: URL to your current website


A portfolio of eight to ten high-resolution images of your current artwork. Include an image list that corresponds to the portfolio, including file name, title, size, media, and date completed. All images should be compiled into a single PDF document.

Course Coordinator

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Michelle Ro​zic​ currently lives in Los Angeles where she is a Professor of Art and Printmaking Area Coordinator at California State University, Northridge. She received her MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, and BFA in fine art from the Columbus College of Art & Design. Michelle is a practicing visual artist and has exhibited in over 100 group and solo exhibitions. An interdisciplinary artist, she often pairs traditional drawing, painting, and printmaking with new technology.

Guest Artists

Sonia Romero

Sonia Romero is a Los Angeles artist known for her paper-cut and printmaking aesthetics which she incorporates into print editions, paintings, and large-scale public art commissions. She has completed over 10 public art commissions in Los Angeles and Orange county in tile, paint, laser cut steel, and porcelain enamel.

Aryana Minai

Aryana Minai makes paper-based objects linked to philosophies and histories of architecture, migration, labor, and body. Her work’s architectural qualities embody survival instincts: preservation and safety.

Minai received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2016, an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2020, and currently works in Los Angeles.

Hilary Lorenz

​Hilary Lorenz is an internationally exhibited multi-disciplinary artist specializing in large-scale printed and cut paper installations. Her work in paper, wood, and mixed media revolve around her physical exploration and relationship with the natural world. You can find recent interviews with Hilary at the podcast “Hello Print Friend” and