Sculptural paper artist Dawn Wohlford discovered handmade paper during a National Art Educators conference in 1983. After the conference, she returned to Truman State University to read everything she could find about the medium and began experimenting with makeshift equipment. After earning a Bachelor of Art degree, she attended Arizona State University to learn the finer points of the craft. She then moved to Colorado where she became an apprentice to Raymond Tomasso. She gave workshops in Vail and Leadville and produced 150 sheets of nearly identical denim papers for a limited edition book, Strange Papers, assembled and bound in Germany. She earned an MFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado in 1988. She moved back to her hometown in Iowa in 1998 where she became the Visual Arts Director for Quad City Arts, a nonprofit organization. She oversees two galleries and a public sculpture program. Additionally, she teaches workshops and serves on the Acquisitions and Exhibitions Committee for the Figge Art Museum. When not working, caring for her home or family, she creates art, usually in the wee hours of the night. She consistently exhibits her work in regional exhibitions.