Dilettante Press

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Dilettante Press
Status inactive
Founded 1995
Founder Jodi Wille, Nick Rubenstein, and Steven Nalepa
Country of origin  United States
Publication types books

Dilettante Press is a now defunct independent book publisher, co-founded by Jodi Wille, Nick Rubenstein, and Steven Nalepa in 1998, joined soon after by partner Hedi El Kholti. Dilettante was a publishing house dedicated to "challeng[ing] traditional notions of art and culture," focusing its efforts on featuring visionary, outsider, vernacular art in books.

Dilettante only published three titles, but "their impact was considerable."[1] Dilettante’s first book, The End Is Near! Visions of Apocalypse, Millennium and Utopia, won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book.[2] Their subsequent titles included: Extreme Canvas: Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana. By Ernie Wolfe, III and Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan by Gary Lee Boas,[2] selected by Artforum Magazine as "Best of 2000".[verification needed]

Jodi Wille went on to co-found Process Media in 2005 with husband Adam Parfrey of Feral House. Process Media now distributes the Dilettante titles. Hedi El Kholti is currently managing editor and partner of Semiotext(e).


  1. ^ Harvey, Doug (June 2, 2005). "Feral Child". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 29, 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Fiore, Kristin (June 23, 1999). "The Outsiders". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 29, 2008. [dead link]

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