Biography

We aim to change the paper supply chain from forest to farm. Here is a list of what we've done on our journey thus far.

Illinois art professors hope to revolutionize paper industry with paper made from prairie grasses and agricultural waste.
Fresh Press, the University of Illinois-based agricultural fiber paper lab, shares their vision for a different future for the paper and packaging industry - one where no new trees are cut down!

Eric Benson and Megan Diddie presenting about the future of paper at the 2015 Pecha Kucha Night-CU at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.

 
 

Exhibitions:

  • 2017 Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Papermaking, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.

  • 2015 Layers, Figure One, Champaign, IL.

  • 2013 Social Paper, Center for Book and Paper arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.

  • 2013 Faculty Exhibition, Krannert Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

  • 2013 AIGA (Re)Design Awards, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN.

  • 2013 Printing Green: American Print Alliance, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA.

  • 2011 Pulp, Figure One, Champaign, IL.

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Awards:

  • 2017 SSC Excellence in Innovation Award for A Campus Circular Economy

  • 2013 International Design Award, Self Promotion Category (Silver)

Commissions:

  • 2015 Art+Design Foundations Drawing Program (Ubergrass)

  • 2014 UIUC MLK, JR Symposium (Prairie Fest)

  • 2014 Grinnell College (Ubergrass)

  • 2014 College of Fine and Applied Arts Holiday Card (Winter Rye)

  • 2013 UIUC MLK, JR Symposium (Prairie Fest) 2013 Student Sustainability Committee

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