John L. Risseeuw

Photo of John L. Risseeuw from his website, CabbageHead Press. He is wearing a short sleeve shirt with "Senor CabbageHead" on the pocket.


John L. Risseeuw was born in Wisconsin in 1945. He received his BS, MA, and MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968, 1972, and 1973, respectively. Risseeuw became involved with book arts in 1967 and has stayed in this realm ever since. He started his own press in 1972 called CabbageHead Press. After graduating, Risseeuw taught at the University of South Dakota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before ending up at Arizona State University in 1980 where he still teaches today. At Arizona State University, Risseeuw established book art course as well as Pyracantha Press, the book arts press, which was created in 1982. He teaches courses in Fine Printing & Bookmaking, Papermaking, and more. In addition, Risseeuw’s work has been exhibited all around the United States and the World.

CabbageHead Press: Biography

Arizona State University: John Risseeuw

John L. Risseeuw’s work was exhibited in:

Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning
Organized by: Lois Morrison, Artist and Independent Curator; and Alexander Campos, Executive Director of Center for Book Arts.

Book Arts in the USA
an exhibition of work by 51 artists; a cultural presentation of the United States of America

Celebrating 15 Years
New works by Artist Members.

1988 Members Exhibition

Fun & Games
The 1988 annual Artist Members Exhibition.

Literate Letterpress
An exhibition of finely printed editions of works by contemporary authors.

Center for Book Arts: The First Decade
An exhibition at The New York Public Library.

Book Makers
Center for Book Arts first five years.

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