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RiverPoint art paper is made at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. It was developed in a collaboration of the university’s Department of Art & Design, Department of Paper Science & Engineering and WIST. The goal: Create a high-quality, archival art paper at an economical cost for students and faculty in the visual arts. The project was possible because UW-Stevens Point boasts a pilot paper machine, a smaller version of the behemoths in Wisconsin’s commercial paper mills. Learn more about the pilot paper machine in this short video.
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(Note: scroll down to see specifications on RiverPoint® fine art paper, and for information on how to order RiverPoint fine art paper, or click here to go directly to an online order form.)

Art faculty provided paper samples and described what they needed in a quality art paper. WIST and PS&E produced paper in small trial runs, which students and faculty then used in all sorts of ways to test its quality and performance with various media. Several additional development runs later we had a paper that was "just right" in spring 2012. Since then, UW-Stevens Point students and faculty have been using this archival paper to great success in everything from digital printing to drawing to watercolor. We introduced the paper at Print: MKE, the 2013 Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Milwaukee (photos at right).

Although the project began simply with the idea of making great value art paper for the UW-Stevens Point campus, the paper was so successful we decided to make it widely available.
RiverPoint art paper is made by the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine, the fastest student-run paper machine in the country.
RiverPoint® is a registered trademark of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System d/b/a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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Accomplished artist, 85, makes woodcut prints on RiverPoint paper


Read about Aline Feldman, an artist who has been working with woodcut printing for more than 50 years. She recently discovered RiverPoint fine art paper and decided to try it on a new print series she is creating. In an interview, she talked about her decades-long love affair with woodcut printing, her current projects and plans for new work. We featured Feldman's story in a recent e-newsletter (subscribe here) and have the story in our news archive here. (Spoiler alert: She loves the paper.) Feldman's work is in numerous collections including the National Museum of American Art, and her gallery shows have been reviewed by the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and other publications.


RiverPoint art paper used to produce commemorative broadside

Jason Smith, communications director of the Wisconsin Academy and editor of the organization's quarterly magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas, wrote a nice piece about some timely help from WIST to print a letter pressed broadside commemorating the term of Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland. The story, "From Blindside to Broadside: Unexpected Collaborations Yield Support for the Wisconsin Poet Laureate," is on the Wisconsin Academy website: http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/magazine/blindside-broadside   

RiverPoint in the news


Ben Meyer of WJFW Channel12 Rhinelander visited UW-Stevens Point and produced a news feature on RiverPoint fine art paper.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Schmid wrote about the collaboration that created RiverPoint art paper for this Sunday feature, which was published January 26.
Leah Kraus, with WSAW TV Channel 7 in Wausau, did a feature about RiverPoint fine art paper.
Nathan Vine, in the December 12, 2013, Stevens Point Journal, writes about how RiverPoint fine art paper was developed, and explains how an economic development grant will provide opportunity to expand markets. The grant from UW System also includes funding for equipment upgrades to the university's paper machine for lamination and coating to develop specialty packaging papers.

A versatile art paper

RiverPoint Paper  
RiverPoint art paper is ideal for a broad array of drawing and printing applications. RiverPoint is 100 percent cotton, archival paper, internally sized to provide great results in both dry and wet media. Whether working in charcoal or watercolor, printing digitally or silk screening, create in confidence with RiverPoint paper. Offered in white or sand, this smooth, durable paper is a versatile performer.
Woodcut — Relief — Litho — Intaglio — Screen Print — Letter Press — Drawing (Wet and Dry Media) — Digital

Comments from RiverPoint paper customers

I was just really impressed with the papers and I've been experimenting with them. Bravo!
Great surface for screenprinting and lithography.
I love that RiverPoint art paper is a quality and affordable paper, made by students, for students!
Just dropping you a note that I received your sample of RiverPoint paper and am quite impressed with the capabilities it has with watercolor and oil pastel. I have been using Arches watercolor board and paper for 5 plus years now and I believe as your article in the Milwaukee Journal stated, it is comparable to Arches. I just finished two quickies on the samples your department sent me using both watercolor and oil pastel. I am very excited to have this paper available at such a reasonable cost and in my own home state. — Frances Mary Pflanz

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​To order, indicate the number of sheets you would like and include your name, address, shipping address if different than mailing address, phone number and email address. You will be contacted prior to shipping to confirm your order and to obtain payment information.
  • Single sheet price $2.75 plus 5.5% sales tax
  • Minimum order is 10 sheets.
  • Make no payment until paper ships.
  • Free trial offer: If you’re not ready to place a full order for RiverPoint, try the paper first with our sample packet. Receive four quarter-sheets of RiverPoint art paper. Each sample is 8.5"x11” and may have one or more deckle edges. Specify color choice of white, sand or two of each. To order the free sample pack, send your name, address, and phone number by email to Angie.Hauer@uwsp.edu. With questions, you may also contact Angie by phone at 715-346-2331.
  • Contact us to inquire about quantity discounts on purchases of more than 100 sheets.
To order RiverPoint art paper click here or the button just below to download a form.

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RiverPoint is also sold at the University Store in the Dreyfus University Center on the UW-Stevens Point campus. Pick some up today.
RiverPoint art paper is made by the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine, the fastest student-run paper machine in the country.

Paper Specifications

  • ​Archival
  • Sheets are 20”x30”
  • No watermark
  • Two deckle edges
  • Made of 100 percent cotton fiber
  • Color choice is white or sand
  • Internally sized
  • Basis weight is 260 gsm