Paper Maker wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant

September 22, 2009

This very relevant to our discussion in class this Thursday. The “genius grants” are no-string awards of $500,000 over a 5-year period.  Here’s an excerpt from the announcement of Mr. Barret’s award:

“Timothy Barrett is an internationally recognized master craftsman and paper historian who is preserving and enhancing the art of hand-papermaking through his work as a practitioner, scholar, and teacher. Combining the skills of artist, ethnographer, scientist, and historian, he documents and demonstrates centuries-old hand-papermaking practices that may otherwise be lost. As the founding director of the papermaking facilities at the University of Iowa Center for the Book – the only program in the United States that focuses on making Western- and Japanese-style paper by hand – he has trained a generation of papermakers to create conservation-sound paper.”

Timothy Barrett – MacArthur Foundation

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