The Guild first met and organized on February 23, 1988, at the
Hershey Museum of American Life in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Guild was
established for members in the United States (view US membership map),
but has grown to include members from Canada, Latin America, Europe,
and Asia. It exchanges newsletters with the German, Dutch, and Swiss
GAP members range from amateur to professional papercutters, and from
beginners to instructors. Some members do not cut at all, but collect
papercutting art or research the many traditions of papercutting art.
There are no jury requirements for members. Everyone is encouraged to
start with the talents they have, simple or advanced, and grow in their
technical and artistic skills as part of a papercutting community.
The Guild of American Papercutters has a growing membership, and
welcomes you to join us as we further papercutting as a recognized
artform. Members receive the newsletter "FirstCut," our "Annual" (a
color publication which showcases members' artwork each year), and a
decorative wall calendar featuring members' work. Members are invited
to attend the quarterly GAP meetings to meet one another, see new
techniques, and learn how they can be a part of promoting papercutting
art to future generations.
In 2009, the Guild established a National Museum in affiliation with
Laurel Arts at the home of the Phillip Dressler Center for the Arts,
Somerset, Pennsylvania. This is the first American museum devoted to the
art form of papercutting. The museum has a permanent collection of
papercut work as well as changing exhibitions twice a year. Future plans
include a library of books on papercutting, classes and workshops.