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Lanesboro Artist Residency Program

Since 2001, the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program has welcomed emerging artists of all disciplines to live, work and create in the context of the greater Lanesboro community.

2014 artist resident Adam Manley welcomes passersby into his SKY SILO

Supported in 2017 and 2018 by the Jerome Foundation, the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program awards two to three residencies per year and allows emerging artists to benefit from studio space, ample time to create, and an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation. Artist Residents focus on community engagement, and are encouraged to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community, and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Lanesboro Artist Residency Program. The application deadline for residencies taking place in 2018 is July 31st, 2017 at noon. Our program guidelines can be found here. Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 15, 2017 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artists residents and runners-up will be notified by September 29, 2017.

Please contact Adam Wiltgen, Program Director, at with questions about the Residency Program, future project ideas, the community engagement component, etc.

Upcoming Residencies

#45 Annie Hejny – August 2017 From St. Paul, Minnesota, Annie Hejny is a visual artist that uses her daily life and travels to create abstract paintings. Hejny believes that spending time with our waters and building a sense of ownership creates a deep care for the human impact on the wild ecology. She hopes to create 2-3 large scale paintings using water and sediment from the Root River here in Lanesboro. There will be a pop-up event in Gateway Park where community members are encouraged to clean up and collect water, share stories or experiences with the Root River, and assist with the community river­-water painting. After researching and documenting the river’s history and impact on local citizens, Hejny will complete and display a set of Root River paintings in a community space. Her work emulates the changing current, the luminosity of reflection, and the foreboding shift in our relationship to these waters.

#46 Bailey Cahlander – September 2017 From St. Paul, Minnesota, Bailey Cahlander is a mosaic artist invested in placemaking by bringing mosaic art to underutilized spaces. Cahlander will produce mosaic installations that will be on view around Lanesboro. She hopes to immerse herself in the community by teaching a hands-on mosaic course for the community, which will result in a community-produced mosaic piece. Cahlander’s residency provides an opportunity for more community collaboration and continue Lanesboro’s goal of creative placemaking.

Past Residencies

#44 Tatiana Pandiani and Jacinta Clusellas – April 2017 Based in New York City and originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tatiana Pandiani is a creator of theatrical performances and director of plays and musicals, while Jacinta Clusellas is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and arranger. Pandiani and Clusellas collaborated for the creation of an original documentary theatre piece, NORA. Using Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as the starting point, the project explored gender roles in contemporary United States. The project included the creation of original music inspired by American Folk women artists. Pandiani and Clusellas hope to develop NORA in collaboration with women from various cities across the country. Their primary focus is public engagement, connecting artists and community members, preferably those with little to no formal artistic training, while developing new material inclusive of the local social and cultural tapestry. Learn more about Jacinta & Tatiana, NORA and how the community participated by clicking here.

#43 Heather Clark Hilliard – September 2016 From Norman, Oklahoma, Heather Clark Hilliard is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on conceptual fiber and site specific installations. Heather believes having an understanding of Place is integral to designing and sustaining resilient communities. By utilizing a variety of material processes and substrates, Heather created a map-quilt imbued with time, place, memory and history by the incorporation of maps and place-based stories contributed by local residents. She had two Open Studio Potluck events for people to participate in the work and ask questions about the process of the piece.  Her goal was for the map-quilt to reveal and conceal information much more complex than the material’s originally designated function. Heather sought a deeper understanding of the cultural and geographical significance of the area—especially the Root River—in order to inform and influence the construction and final look of her map-quilt. Her final piece was titled ‘Root of the Driftless’ and was on display in the Lanesboro Coffee Street Fitness Center for the month of October. It will also be on display during Water/Ways 2017 for January and February. Learn more about Heather, ‘The Root of the Driftless’, and how the community participated by clicking here.

#42 Glendaliz Camacho – February 2016 From New York, NY, Glendaliz Camacho is a writer. “Through fiction, I explore what drives people to overcome their fear of the unknown, of failure, ridicule or punishment and what it means when our attempts to do so are futile or only temporarily successful.” In Lanesboro, Glendaliz worked on a short story collection, fantasy novel, essay collection, and musical. Her current short story collection devles into the struggle to define and pursue personal freedom through three sets of characters: one coming-of-age in the Dominican Republic; another navigating adulthood and immigration to the US; and the last, the first generation in a new land. She also offered two sessions of a fiction writing workshop for adults and young adults, teaching and leading a discussion about the elements in short fiction that – when done well – make for a great short story. In a public reading held at the St. Mane Theatre, Glendaliz read selections of work written while in Lanesboro.

#41 Caitlin Warner – April/May 2015 From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Caitlin Warner is a book artist whose primary interest is making art accessible to all people. She pursues this interest by making large editions of little handmade art books that are aproachable, fun, and affordable. She dispenses them in her small fleet of Art Unvending Machines — one of which was loaded up with chapbooks and installed in the lobby of the St. Mane Theatre. “Spending time here has been a chance to have some uninterrupted time to think and make, and has been a chance to recharge my creative batteries.” Warner taught two public art classes during her residency: “Make Your Own Hardcover Book” for ages 15+ that was focused on how to assemble & stich together multi-section book blocks & attach a hard cover and “Make Your Own Books!” for ages 9+ that had young artists creating three different types of books filled with their own stories & drawings.

#40 Michael Lee – January 2015 Norwegian-American poet and educator Michael Lee worked on the manuscript for his own work, “Heaven Face,” while also conducting several workshops with seventh-grade students from Rushford-Peterson Middle School that guided them in writing poetry. A free Open Mic / Poetry Slam was held at the St. Mane Theatre showcasing the work Mr. Lee & the students from R-P Middle school completed during his time in residency.

#39 Adam Manley – May 2014 From Portland, Maine, mixed media sculpture artist Adam Manley’s work is about how we interact with & understand our surroundings. During his time in Lanesboro, Manely constructed a public participation art project, the SKY SILO, on the sidewalk in front the AcenTek building. “I gained some insight into a new place and its people/landscape/history. I accomplished a great deal of creative growth and documentation, as well as an expanded network of friends and acquaintances from a town full of interesting people.” Made entirely from wood from a local turn of the century barn, this mobile object created a space, free from peripheral distraction, from which to view the big, open, mid-western sky. Passersby entered and heard this soundtrack looping from a small speaker and were photographed looking at the sky.

#38 Cecilia Balli – March 2014 From Brownsville Texas, creative nonfiction writer Cecilia Balli is a college professor that took a semester off to work on her first book about the drawing and re-drawing of the U.S.-Mexican borderline and the building of a 700-mile border “wall”. Excited to step away from the border and view it from deep within the American heartland & the people here, Cecilia led a rich roundtable discussion on both metaphorical and geographical borders with community members at the Lanesboro American Legion. A social hour and Mexican themed potluck proceeded the discussion.

#37 Inkfish – April/May 2013 Puppet theater group from Jackson Heights, NY, Inkfish worked on developing its production of “Digger”, exploring character designs and a storyboard. This project began when Inkfish considered the narrative possibilities of holes and the man who digs them in conjunction with Dante’s Inferno – perhaps the ultimate descent into a hole. Inkfish conducted a presentation to 4th, 5th & 6th grade students at the Lanesboro School, taught a puppet building rapid prototyping & manipulation workshop to local kids and adults, and talked about their residency in a shadow puppet demonstration at the St. Mane Theatre.

#36 Matt Duckett – February 2013 From LaCrosse, WI and most recently Chicago, IL, portrait painter Matt Duckett is a talented painter and a musician; he plays old-time Irish folk music on tenor banjo & guitar. While in residence, he worked on developing sketches for and painting for 5-6 portraits while in Lanesboro. LAC hosted an acoustic music jam session with Matt Duckett at the St. Mane Theatre with local and regional musicians, gathering together community members to make music as well as gathering together community members to make music as well as to make connections for Matt with some potential portrait subjects.

#35 Christopher Robinson – November/December 2012 Poet Christopher Robinson completed a manuscript of his work ‘Air Become Sinewed’, finished a first draft of a new manuscript of sonnets, presented a public poetry reading, and led a 4-part poetry workshop with 5th and 6th grade students at the Lanesboro School: “I think I got the kids excited about poetry as a form of expression and left them with many tools in their poetry toolbox. They also taught me a lot; they reminded me to think in ways I’d forgotten as an adult.” Chris is from Federal Way, Washington.

#34 Tucker Hollingsworth – April/May 2012I photograph at night,” says photographer Tucker Hollingsworth, from Minneapolis. His residency dates were strategically planned to include the full moon on May 5 and maximize lighting potential. “In this setting, light acts differently, imposing order on the landscape and becoming a palpable painterly force,” he explains. During the residency, Tucker developed three bodies of work: ‘noise’ prints, panoramas, and night images utilizing moonlight and vehicle headlights. He also worked with music and art students in 3rd – 12th grade at the Lanesboro School, delving into the connections between music and art.

#33 Dave Beck – January 2012 Focusing on both the art of rosemaling in the Midwest, and more specifically on Per Lysne’s influence and work, Dave Beck’s 2-week Residency in Lanesboro took him to the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, and to visits with area Lanesboro residents. He used this historical research to create a contemporary digital 3D animation that is inspired by a specific Lysne plate in the Vesterheim collection, and presented an Artist Talk about his work for community members.

#32 Gwendolyn Rouse – April 2011 During her 2-week residency, Wendy painted a ‘Lanesboro Still Life,’ incorporating objects representing Lanesboro lent by community members.   She also hosted class tours with the 4th grade and the high school painting class from the Lanesboro School, and researched regional flora and fauna for another painting.

#31 Katherine Schaefer – March 2011 During her two-week residency, writer Katherine Schaefer worked on pre-publication revisions to her memoir—about tragedy in the life of a Minnesota farm family in the 1970s, as well as a novel-in-progress about the love, lust, and loss of land in three generations of a family farm from the Depression to the 1980s farm mortgage crisis. She led a memoir writing workshop for teens through octogenarians.

#30 Julie Johnson – January 2011 Flutist and composer Julie Johnson was in Lanesboro for a 4-week residency, working on research and writing for a new album based on Minnesota folk music.  She worked with various community members on gathering songs, and performed both at the Lanesboro School and at the St. Mane Theatre in a concert with her band “Julie Johnson & the No-Accounts”.  The concert, “The Banks of the Auplaine,” featured new compositions and roots/folk blues music of Minnesota, with Julie Johnson on flute and bass flute; Doug Otto on vocals and guitar; and Andrew Druckrey on vocals, mandolin, and resonator guitar.  From Minneapolis, Julie Johnson has performed classical, jazz, folk, blues, and world music in concert halls, Italian cathedrals, Texas juke joints, horse barns, and jazz clubs.

#29 Elisa Korenne – March 2010 In Lanesboro for a 2-week residency, Elisa Korenne worked on developing southeastern-Minnesota focused material for the Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert – three songs and four stories from subjects that are otherwise lost to the historical canon.  She also presented a workshop with Lanesboro’s own Rhubarb Sisters in a song- and lyrics- sharing format.  “Elisa helped us explore our musical possibilities and create ideas to enhance our program and musicianship,” says Rhubarb Sister & local school music teacher Robin Scheu.

#28 Sarah Stonich – January/February 2010 During her 4-week residency, Sarah worked on finishing a volume of essays about northern Minnesota entitled Shelter: Places Lost and Found.  She also  met with a local book club to discuss her most recent novel, The Ice Chorus, and presented a Reading and Writer’s Round-table Discussion in the gallery.  Internationally-acclaimed author Sarah Stonich is well-known for her fiction novels These Granite Islands and The Ice Chorus Shelter is Sarah’s first full-length volume of non-fiction, an autobiographical collection of essays.

#27 Kate Lynn Hibbard – February/March 2009 During her three-week Residency in Lanesboro, Kate Lynn worked on researching and writing poems for a poetry manuscript focusing on the experience of women on the homestead frontier of the Great Plains.  She toured Historic Forestville and the Lanesboro History Museum, gathering data for new poems.  She also presented a community workshop on creative writing using historical artifacts. Kate Lynn Hibbard is a writer from St. Paul, Minn.; she has received the Astraea Lesbian Writers Finalist Award (2006), a Hedgebrook Writing Residency (2005), a Gerald Cable Book Award (2004), and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant (2003)

#26 Katt Lissard – April 2008 During her two-weeks in Lanesboro, Katt worked on an Interactive Community Performance/Installation Project for Earth Day, with the culminating celebration taking place on a cold, windy day in Sylvan Park in conjunction with the Root River Valley Earth Day Celebration.  The project addressed issues of mankind’s most precious resource, water (including the water that went astray in our local flood of August 2007), and what we as a community value and hold dear.  Katt lives in New York City and also travels to Lesotho, Africa with the Winter/Summer Institute where she helps to create collaborative community theater pieces about issues connected to water, poverty and HIV/AIDS.

#25 Morgan Grayce Willow – January 2008 Morgan worked on poems for her collection entitled Barn during her two-week Residency in Lanesboro.  She was inspired by local farmers in a round-table discussion, where folks shared stories about their history with barns and farming.  From Minneapolis, Morgan’s poems have been featured in a number of collaborations, including Poetry in Motion

#24 Ed Bok Lee – December 2007 During his two-week Residency in Lanesboro, Ed worked on writing stories to complete the collection for his manuscript of travel-based prose. He also led a writing workshop for high school students, and gave a spoken word poetry performance with three of the students, held at the St. Mane Theater. Ed lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minn.

#23 Stephen Ausherman – October 2007 Coming to Lanesboro from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stephen worked in and around Lanesboro on a series of short experimental videos in collaboration with community members, including Kim Westphal and Mike Zawislak. The films were screened publicly at both the American Legion and Lanesboro Arts’ Gallery.

#22 Cheryl LeClair-Sommer – September 2007 A soft pastel painter from Little Canada, Minn., Cheryl painted outdoor sketches of cityscapes of Lanesboro, working on night scenes with contrasting indoor/outdoor lighting. She also taught a class with local 3rd grade students.

#21 Käthe Oien  – February 2007 Coming to Lanesboro from Norway, Käthe worked with local residents of varying ages, looking at culture and heritage. She continued to correspond with them from Norway via the Internet for the next few months, created a body of work for exhibit at Cornucopia during the 2008 Ibsen Festival. An acrylic painter, Käthe also uses photographs and digital manipulation to create her work.

#20 Jun’ichirö Ishida – April 2006 Jun is visual artist specializing in environmental art and spiritually driven two dimensional works that is originally from Japan, but is now based in New Jersey. Jun presented two public programs in Lanesboro as part of his residency: an artist talk and slide lecture at the gallery and a mandala installation and meditation exercise in the green space between Amish Experience and Crown Trout Jewelers that currently houses the Spud Boy Lunch dining car. His major project while in Lanesboro was a series of large format Lotus paintings.

#19 Phaedra Robinson – January 2006 A painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist from Detroit, Phaedra created a temporary installation in a then unused store front at 102 E Coffee St in Lanesboro that was shown in tandem with Jeffery Eisenberg’s open house. Phaedra’s installation explored personal communication and the paradoxes we each must live with as human beings.

#18 Jeffery Eisenberg  – January 2006 A painter and sound artist from San Francisco, Jeffery creates recorded soundscapes to accompany his paintings on mylar. During his stay in Lanesboro, he collaborated with 4th graders from Lanesboro Elementary School to create the soundscapes for his new work. Each student kept a “sound diary” for a week — capturing then sound of dishes being done or cows lowing in a field — and also used their own voices to interpret those sounds for the recording. Jeffery’s paintings, like his soundscapes, are multi-layered — reminiscent of nature, science, and fantasy. The public got a chance to experience the work during an open house at a then unused storefront at 102 E. Coffee Street in Lanesboro.

#17 Anat Fort – July 2005 Anat Fort, born in Israel, is a jazz composer and pianist living in Brooklyn, NY. Commissioned to write “Tzohar” for string orchestra and improvising piano, and “Ktanot” for chamber group, Anat has had her music premiered at the Tel-Aviv Biennial for Contemporary Music. As part of her residency in Lanesboro, Fort performed two short concerts in Lanesboro and Winona.

#16 Tiffany Besonen – July 2005 As a mixed media sculptor and storyteller, Tiffany Besonen recycles historical and found materials into stories about identity, motherhood and family. Her metaphoric forms represent the layers of expectations, history and reality in building family and identity today. During her residency, Tiffany created new mixed media work, including a collaborative sculpture created with Lanesboro community members.

#15 Rachael Hanel – June 2005 Rachael Hanel grew up in southern Minnesota as the daughter of a “Digger O’Dell, a small-town gravedigger. A writer and journalist, Rachael spent two weeks revising her first novel – a memoir of her father and her childhood. During her stay, her book proposal was accepted by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Rachael’s outreach activites included a free writing workshop at the Chatfield Library.

#14 Paul Mihas – June 2005 Paul Mihas is originally from Minnesota. A writer now living in Carrboro, North Carolina, he the son of Greek immigrants and a cancer survivor. Paul spent two weeks working on new short stories and revising his novel, The Groom’s Dowry, which tells the story of two Greek-American children growing up in small town Wyoming . As part of his outreach, Paul led writing exercises with cancer survivors at the Mayo Clinic and in Lanesboro.

#13 Dominic Orlando – September 2004 A playwright originally from New York city and most recently from Minneapolis, MN, Dominic Orlando drafted his play, “Heart of Earth,” while in Lanesboro for 4 weeks.  A longtime Chekhov fan, this play is inspired by “The Three Sisters.”  Characters in the play explore three questions–which are the same questions for Americans, for Russians, for everyone, really–Where will I live?  How will I live?  Who will love me? During his stay, Dominic visited area farms with the goal of getting farm life in his blood and thus into the characters of “Heart of Earth.”

#12 Elaine Romero – August 2004 A playwright from Tucson, AZ, Elaine Romero drafted and held a reading of her new full-length play, LIKE HEAVEN.  With four female characters, the play develops the friendship of two women as they cross paths while one is arriving to and one is departing from a small town.  While in Lanesboro, Elaine also led a “Quick New Play” workshop, involving community members in writing and performing 5-minute plays.

#11 Quiara Alegria Hudes – July 2004 A playwright from Providence, RI, Quiara Alegria Hudes has expanded her play “Coconut Therapy” from a 45-minute piece to a full-length piece, with the goal of touring it nationally upon completion. The play explores immigration and assimilation in Puerto Rico and Philadelphia, and how it affects the characters’ lives. Ranging in age from 12 to 93, the characters are based on interviews with the women in Quiara’s family.

#10 Camille Gage – June 2004 Lanesboro residents and visitors were engaged in an interactive reflection on citizenship and the American community through Camille Gage’s residency project, entitled “American Visions.” Camille is a mixed-media artist from Minneapolis, MN.

#9 Aaron Bommarito – May 2004 Aaron photographically recorded pinhole projections by creating camera obscurae inside historic Fillmore County buildings and structures. Aaron also worked with 5th and 6th grade students at the Lanesboro School, demonstrating the pinhole technique and helping them to create pinhole cameras. Aaron is a pinhole photographer from Eagan, MN.

#8 Whitney Tuthill – January 2004 A ceramic artist from Minneapolis, MN, Whitney worked with high school art students at the Lanesboro School to create a ceramic relief map, showing the Lanesboro area landscape. As a result of his residency, CAC’s kiln has been installed at the school for use by students and for CAC classes. Whitney also produced new round ceramic relief sculptures during his residency.

#7 Mary Eischen – September 2002 Mary created a banner for public display in Lanesboro, involving members of the community and celebrating Lanesboro’s commitment to community and to the arts. Mary is a fiber artist from Winona, MN.

#6 Mary Bergs – August 2002 – a 2D/3D visual artist from Minneapolis, MN, Mary created an impermanent visual dialogue regarding perceptions of beauty amongst the residents of Lanesboro (installation of objects).

#5 Coral Lambert – July 2002 – Coral, a cast iron sculptor from New Orleans, LA, conducted a public cast iron event and outdoor sculpture exhibition, including work made through public sculpture workshops.

#4 Maremi Hooff – June 2002 – A painter from Arlington, VA, Maremi created a painting that recognized a regional dish or recipe through the aid of community participation.

#3 Keith Holmes – May 2002 – Keith worked on making a series of photographic portraits of Lanesboro community members. He plans to work these images into a public art piece using bricks or other suitable building material. Keith is a photo-sculpture artist from Alexandria, MN.

#2 Laine Cunningham – November 2001 A writer from Asheboro, NC, Laine completed a draft of her novel “The Message Stick,” the story of a bi-racial Australian Aborigine. She also taught children and adults in a writing / “dot-dot dream painting” workshop, and presented a new chapter of her novel at a community reading.

#1 Erik Pearson – October 2001 An oil painter from Superior, WI, Erik painted the first five paintings in a series based on a song he composed. He also taught adult drawing classes and visited school classrooms, educating students about his work.

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