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2017 Artists in Residence

congratulations to our 2017 RESIDENT ARTISTS

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist Residency program selected two finalists to spend time in northern Michigan in 2017.


Bill Hosterman

In residence: May 12 – June 9
Bill-FACE-JULY-7,-2016_ReducedBill Hosterman is a tenured Associate Professor in the Foundation Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. He received his B.A. in Printmaking from Pennsylvania State University, and his M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University. Hosterman channels his creativity into drawings that he hand-paints with watercolors.

From May 12 – June 9, Hosterman will come north from Coopersville, MI to enjoy and be inspired by Good Hart’s natural environment, and explore relationships between humans, nature, and culture.

“I make artwork about relationships – between land and water, and nature and human progress. Through my personal experiences and research into the habitat, landscape and human history of an area, I create images that explore how nature defines humans and they, in turn, define nature. I will use the specific landscape and flora and fauna of the [Good Hart] area as the subject matter for my drawings.”

Hosterman has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the country and overseas, and he has attended artist residencies in Gatlinburg, TN, Ontonagon, MI, and Sheridan, WY.

“For this project, I will be employing a similar strategy at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist in Residency Program to one that I used during my three-week artists’ residency at The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There, I worked with scientists and park staff at the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center to discover the ways in which the park has changed over time in relationship to the human impact. The piece I am in the process of completing for this project is an examination of the connection between human-made light and its effects on the life of the park.”

CTAC Workshop: On Monday, June 5 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Bill will present the hands-on workshop, Working in Layers: Combining Pen, Watercolor and Other Media to Create an Image. Tuition for this workshop will be $10 for CTAC members and $15 for non-members.  Advanced registration is preferred.

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Amanda Hamilton

In residence: August 4 – 18

11890949_10153439135961648_7259395152556135947_nAmanda Hamilton has been on staff at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN as Associate Professor of Art since 2013. She received her B.S. in Drawing and Painting from Biola University, and also has her M.F.A. in Painting from Claremont Graduate University. Hamilton’s artistic outlets take the form of drawings and paintings, but she has also spent time creating video works.

From August 4 – 18, Hamilton will take a break from her normal routine in Minneapolis, MN to experience Good Hart, MI and further delve into her current theme of darkness and illumination.

While at the Crooked Tree Arts Center my greatest intent is to be present, still, quiet and, perceptive. I intend to make paintings and drawings as well as exploring the possibility of video in relation to my current painting practice. I would [also] like to make a trip to explore the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. I have been working with darkness for the last two years and time at the Dark Sky Park would provide a unique experience available almost nowhere else in the U.S.

Hamilton works with oil and acrylic paints on both paper and stretched canvas. Her work sometimes takes the appearance of a scenic landscape, and other times, emphasizes loose gesture, rough marks, tension and illusion with a much more abstract result. She has been exhibiting in solo and group shows since 2001, and has been a presenter, guest lecturer, and has been the recipient of Artist Residencies in Boise, ID, Johnson, VT, and Idyllwild, CA.

“I have been fortunate to do some residencies over the last decade and I find the experience of being alone, in an unfamiliar environment, stimulates my ability to be focused and thoughtful in a way that feeds my practice for years after.”

Artist in Residence Talk: On Monday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m, Amanda Hamilton will present a talk entitled, Darkness and Subject/and or Object addressing the recent evolution of her work. This event is free and open to the public.

 


 Learn more about the CTAC Artist Residency Program.


About our 2016 resident artists

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist Residency program selected three finalists to spend time in Northern Michigan during the summer of 2016.


Joanna Hoge

In residence: May 16 – 30, 2016
Joanna_Hoge_HeadshotJoanna Hoge currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri and will be spending two weeks in northern Michigan in May. Joanna has studied at Université de Poitiers in Poitiers, France, she has her B.A. in Studio Art and French from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and she is currently working toward her M.F.A. with a specialization in Drawing from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. Joanna finds inspiration in the complexity of the human body – its aesthetic beauty, its incredible mechanistic functioning, and its role as a vehicle of the self. Her work is predominately comprised of printmaking and drawings, and she incorporates hand-made paper and thread into her compositions by means of tearing, layering, and embroidering into the fibers. Her techniques allow her to study the intricacies of the body and mind, and how they relate to one another.

As someone interested in the narratives of the physical body, I would like to approach the area surrounding Good Hart through its own body: its flora and fauna, its forests and farms, and its lakeside beaches. My practice involves questioning aspects of embodied experience and examining how shifts in emotional state impact the body. I am curious to continue this line of questioning in Emmet County by looking at how its locational specificity impacts my own experience. It is my intention to translate these observations through a combination of thread and ink on paper.

 


Linda Harvey-Opiteck

In residence: August 5 – 19, 2016

Fiber artist Linda Harvey-Opiteck, will be taking a short sabbatical from life in Saratoga Springs, New York to visit Good Hart and be inspired by a completely different landscape. Linda has a B.S. in Art/Art History from Western Michigan University, and her M.S. in Historic Preservation Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

This fall I created several felted pieces for a show at a museum in the Adirondack Mountains with the theme “How Do You See the Forest”. I absolutely fell in love with my creations all centered around the beauty of the outdoors in all seasons. From the splendor of sparkling snow, the calmness of summer trees to the vibrancy of the yellow and oranges of the fall. I would spend my residency continuing to work on this outdoor theme using the beauty of northern Michigan as my subject.


About our 2015 resident artists

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist Residency program selected three finalists to spend time in Northern Michigan during the summer of 2015.

Michael Marks

In residence: May 8 – 22
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Printmaker, Michael Marks has decided to venture from Maine into the northern Midwest in the name of art and “the lake”. Having lived in Cleveland, OH, and with ties to Wisconsin, Marks has spent time around the Great Lakes, which have intrigued him for years, and still do. Having an MFA in Printmaking from University of Delaware, and having been affiliated with multiple presses across the country, Marks is ready to push pause on his professional life and immerse himself in new surroundings.

“The residency…[will] allow me the time and space to step away from what I comfortably know about myself in the studio, and to find new inspiration to funnel into my artwork from the surrounding landscape and the community around Petoskey.”

With a desire to explore the idea of “the lake”—it’s boundaries and pervasiveness, the effect it has on the land and those living near it, Marks plans to conceptualize “the lake” in his work during his time in the north. He plans to share his residency experience with Good Hart, and the surrounding local communities. Marks also intends to bring back his findings to the creative community in Maine.

Using drawing, collage, and printmaking, my artwork is an attempt to disassemble and reassemble my experiences within landscape, emphasizing the space between narrated memories and observable representations of nature. I strive to search within the margins of the landscape, its contours and layers, interrogating space in both its physical fact and my recollection thereof. This transposition from physical travel to a work on paper acts as a documentation of my interactions with the landscape (hiking, backpacking, fly fishing) and interprets the water, mountains, and weather taken from my observations.The mark making, layering, and color in my artwork creates anchor points of events, passages of time that coalesce into a single image that resonates with both my involvement and my estrangement from the environment. Ultimately, I wish to create an image that exists somewhere between the individual and the landscape.

 


Amanda Boyd

In residence: July 31 – August 14
Amanda_Boyd_HeadshotGraphic Designer at Doudna Fine Arts Center of Eastern Illinois University, Amanda Boyd embraces the challenge of interacting and connecting with a new community and environment during her CTAC Artist Residency. Working away from home with new people may bring about different perspectives, enhancing her own perceptions of nature—her inspiration.

“Moving to a new community, even for a short amount of time, opens the mind to new possibilities and a lot of knowledge, experience and connections are yet to be gained.”

Having recently graduated with her MFA from Eastern Illinois University, Boyd is eager to show her processes and techniques to the art world. This opportunity in Good Hart is perfect for cutting her teeth on being a resident artist. Being surrounded by the Northern Michigan nature and environment will fuel her new projects because it is nature and the emotions it instills in Boyd that allow her to create.

In my experience, the wilderness leaves me to feel vulnerable, and in conjunction with the darkness of night, this brings a new level of fear. It’s as though I have become only a speck within the immersive and densely populated woods that consume me. This psychological view of nature is what drives my creative process, allowing me to recall these emotions and create a space of my own. Through the use of materials like charcoal, chalk pastels, and soot, I frantically build my image, layering these different mediums, then return to these layers and remove areas by erasing the surface and excavating the image. The seductive use of materials and mark making allow each drawing to read as both celestial and earthbound; an interesting dichotomy of environmental exploration.
My intent is to let the mind lose control and confront the chaos; as the eye wanders, the viewer becomes lured into the depths of the mysterious darkness provoking the individual to become lost within themselves.

 

 


Kirsten Furlong

In residence: September 25 – October 9
kirsten_furlongSolo and group exhibitionist, Instructor, Professor, Lecturer, Commissioned Artist, Gallery Director of the Visual Arts Center at Boise State University – Kirsten Furlong has quite the list of titles and experiences within the art world. And now she’ll be adding another to her extensive resume. With a varied and detailed journey behind her, Furlong has laid out a plan of experimentation for her time in Good Hart.

“I plan to work with a variety of materials and processes including drawing, painting, photography, stitching/embroidery and printmaking on paper, canvas and felt. Processes and images will be led by exploration of the area and research into the local flora, fauna and landscape.”

Earning her MFA at Boise State University with a concentration in painting and printmaking, Furlong currently works at the university as Gallery Director. Having focused on specific disciplines hasn’t pigeon-holed Furlong or her creativity – thread works, felt pieces, installation and public art, and garments for animals all fall under her pursuits. Furlong’s focus as of late has been on nature and the relationships between humans and animals.

My current artistic practice engages with a series of questions about our culture’s multifaceted relationship to nature and the geography of human/animal interactions in urban and wilderness settings. These inquiries are utilized to contemplate various issues about the natural world and the concept of representation of animals, the landscape, and the environment. I create artworks based on first-hand observations in the natural world and internal responses to objects, illustrations, and texts about various species. In the work, animals serve as emblems of nature and as metaphors for human desires.

I employ a series of visual strategies including linear detail, repetition, and patterns inspired by those seen in various species. Additional ideas and visual sampling comes from the cultural, scientific, and historical models used to describe various environments, animals, and plants.

 

 


 

About our 2014 resident artists

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s inaugural Artist Residency program selected two finalists to spend time in Northern Michigan during the summer of 2014.

131030 winska_shotKalina Winska was in northern Michigan for two weeks in May. She has a Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art/Design, Wroclaw, Poland. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University in Georgia. “When creating my art, I draw inspiration from observable natural phenomena, living systems, and their formation on a micro and macro scale.… During my (residency) I plan on developing and exploring the ideas of drawing and materiality in relation to nature as well as the space and place through a combination of both drawings and paintings.”

 


 

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Lindsey Dunnagan, a recent graduate from Texas Women’s University with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, immersed herself in her art during her residency in Good Hart in August. Lindsey “navigates ideas of interconnection, place, and identity through visual mapmaking. … The technique of layering paint and ink on paper blurs and reveals parts of the composition and allows for an abstract view into the mind.”

 

 

 


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