By Luke Ranker
Stevens Point’s newest paper production company could rival French fine art paper makers.
For a year, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students have been producing RiverPoint Paper, a high-quality fine art paper. The paper is the product of a collaboration between the paper engineering and science and fine arts departments, as well as the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology, or WIST. Bob Erickson, professor of printmaking at UWSP, said the idea to produce fine art paper emerged about three years ago when he asked professors in the paper engineering and science department if they could make paper similar to the expensive fine art paper imported from Europe.