In water, surface tension is caused by the elastic tendency of a fluid surface to acquire the least amount of surface area possible. Through hydrogen bonding, water molecules form a lattice that is strong and flexible. As papermakers, whether or not we consider the science that underpins the work we create, we constantly manipulate the properties of pulp in water to create work that stretches the limitations of paper as a medium. This embodies works that combine elements that are at once soft yet crisp, opaque yet translucent, taut yet cockled. This exhibition seeks two-dimensional works that engage flat and low-relief surfaces using tension, polarity, and dynamism. Examples include compelling uses of postive and negative space, disparate fibers, and contrasting surface textures.

The exhibition will be held at the Ferst Center for Performing Arts on the Georgia Tech Campus in Atlanta, GA. Pieces must be framed and/or ready to hang, with secure hanging devices attached. Because of limited space, works, including frame, must not exceed 24 inches in height or width and not be more than 6 inches in depth. Deadline for entries: August 28, 2017.

Click to download the Members' Show call for entries.

Click to download the Members' Show loan agreement.


Up to twenty vendors will be selling their wares, including tools, supplies, crafts, and fine art related to paper, print, and book arts and we want you to be one of them! The FDH Vendor Fair will take place in the cafeteria of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute on the Georgia Tech Campus, located downstairs from the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking.

Twenty tables 6-foot tables are available. The table width is 30 inches. Table rental is $55.00. If you are registered for the conference, you are eligible for a reduced rental fee of $35 for a table. Tables may be shared between two vendors, but please have just one person reserve the table.

Tables are rented on a first come, first served basis. Vendors are asked to provide a table covering. The public will have access to vendors during the conference.

Please use this link to reserve your table.            


Kerri Cushman and Jay Fox are hosting a PechaKucha night because they are always in awe of what the membership has been up to. PechaKucha is a presentation format that gives 20 seconds per slide, 20 slides per presenter. This means you can put your best work forward, your craziest projects, or your most beloved processes. 

Now we need you! Please send a brief synopsis fora 6 minute and 40 second presentation and 1 – 3 sample images to Kerri and Jay. All are encouraged to apply, artists, students, scientists, and everyone in between!

Proposals are due September 1st. Email to Kerri and Jay at: and

This website has more information on this presentation format.


We are always excited about the Friends of Dard Hunter Keepsake Exchange. Members may bring their keepsakes to the conference and drop them off upon registration. All contributors will receive a Keepsake as will those who attend the meeting. Please note, however, that in the event that we have more attendees than keepsakes those who contributed will receive their keepsakes first followed by those who registered first.

Members are encouraged to register for CHASING PAPER 2017 early to ensure that they will receive a keepsake. Those who wish to participate, but not attend the meeting, must mail their contributions to the The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking to arrive the week of the conference. They will receive their keepsake by mail after the Conference.

  • Eligibility: You must be a current member of FDH.

  • Size: The work can be no larger than letter size (8.5" x 11") or A4 (210mm x 297mm) and should be as flat as possible.

  • Amount: 140 pieces. Please count them carefully or supply a few extra.

  • Identification: Identify yourself and the materials used to create your keepsake directly on the piece or on a securely attached label. Your name (and business name if applicable) will be included in the Keepsake Table of Contents.

  • List: When you have created your keepsake, email Winnie Randolan ( and send her your name and where you are from to be included in the contents page of the keepsakes.

  • Delivery: Conference attendees may bring their contributions to the conference and drop them off at the Registration Table

Mail: Mail your keepsakes directly to the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking (For UPS/FedEx use the address 500 10th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, for USPS use 500 10th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332) to arrive at least 7 days prior to the event. Questions regarding shipping can be directed to Virginia Howell at

All conference material must be labeled with: 
ATTN: Virginia Howell, FDH Keepsake
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking
500 10th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332


Each year the Friends of Dard Hunter distributes scholarships for conference registration through proceeds from the auction at the previous conference. All items are welcome, they need not be paper related and they can even be hands-on learning experiences. Bring your item to the conference and drop it off at registration. If possible, please register your auction donation online to help us keep track of auction items. Questions? Contact Executive Director, Paul Romaine at


The Friends of Dard Hunter image share is a great way to introduce yourself and share your work with other members! You provide us with images that reflect you and your work and give us permission to use these images on the CD that will be distributed among the membership of FDH. This is not just for the artists of the group. Show us your connection to Dard Hunter by sharing images of research, tools, and materials.

To be part of the image loop during the conference and member disk, send 2 - 5 images of your choice that reflect you and your work, a description of that work and the attached photo release form form by September 18th, 2017 to: Please put FDH IMAGE SHARE in the subject line.

Click to download the image share instructions and photo release.