twins standing in front of handmade paper
Veda Rives Aukerman and Meda Rives Smith

Veda M. Rives Aukerman and Meda R. Rives Smith are artists and identical twin sisters who established Mirror Image Press as their studio to pursue interests in printmaking, handmade paper, artists’ books, and BookEnvirons; creating artworks both independently and collaboratively which have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Recent highlights include:
“Best of Show” Liturgical and Sacred Art national exhibition, Springfield, Illinois
“Honorable Mention” Amateras Annual Paper Art international show, Sofia, Bulgaria
Turning the Page: Contemporary Artists’ Books, an eight-artist exhibition at the Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana
solo exhibitions at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts; Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky;  and Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
featured in the publications
500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art, Sterling Publishing, New York
1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Quarry Books, Beverly, Massachusetts.

Veda is currently Interim Director of Normal Editions Workshop (N.E.W.) in the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Veda has been associated with N.E.W. since 1990 in various capacities including graduate student, graduate assistant, assistant director, associate director, and interim director. Meda has been a member of the art faculty at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois and at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois.

Link to The State Journal-Register article September 24, 2010

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