intimacy-of-memoryErica Spitzer Rasmussen is an artist who creates handmade paper garments and small editions of hand-bound books.  She received her BFA and MFA at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), which included coursework in Mexico and Greece.  Her current work explores family stories and issues of identity. Rasmussen is a recipient of an Artist’s Assistance Fellowship (1999) and two Artist’s Initiative Grants (2015/2018) from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  She was awarded the Minnesota Book Artist Award in 2018. Other professional highlights include a papermaking residency in Vienna, Austria (2010), a solo exhibition in Mexico City, Mexico (2012) and bookbinding residencies in Venice, Italy (2016/2018). Her work has been featured in such publications as FiberArts magazine, Surface Design Journal, American Craft magazine, Hand Papermaking magazine and the Huffington Post.  Rasmussen teaches studio arts as a full professor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA).  Her artwork is exhibited and collected internationally.