Ashlyn Pope is an African American sculptor of Gullah descent. She holds a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking from Kennesaw State University. She recently graduated with her MFA in Ceramics from Pennsylvania State University. Ashlyn is inspired to serve in her community as a champion for diversity. She does so by serving on the board for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as a Student Director at Large. Ashlyn mainly works with ceramics and textiles to create work rooted in personal experiences as a survivor of abuse living in a female Black body. The American system is one of constriction, for her body and for those who look like her. Ashlyn’s work is born of that nature. Through her eyes, spaces are both restricting and binding, yet they also contain hope, strength, and power. Ashlyn uses her work to address how bound or boundless we are.
Artists in Residence
Dayon Royster is an artist hailing from Richmond, VA. He received his BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. While at ECU, he embarked on his first foray into printmaking with no idea of the path down which it would send him. Printmaking continues to captivate him because of the creative problem solving that is involved with the process; he returns day after day to try his hand at pulling a successful print. Dayon’s current work conjures universal themes of accessibility, curiosity, empowerment, self-doubt, identity, suppression, symbolism, and the “other.”
Matthew Lord graduated with a BFA in illustration from the University of Kansas and is an illustrator and fine artist. His career milestones include several solo and group exhibitions, in addition to having his work featured in editorial illustrations, lectures, and workshops. Over the years, he has taken on the role of teacher, facilitator, mentor, curator, and storyteller. Matthew’s work tilts towards the absurd while incorporating elements of fantastic realism. Matthew will be in residence July through September, working on The Elevator Project, which will be featured as part of the Print Fair on September 27 & 28th, 2019.
The Elevator Project is an art installation by Matthew Lord that blends printmaking and performance and takes place between the floors of the Lawrence Arts Center. This pop-up gallery will display works with distinct prairie iconography combined with surrealistic flourishes. The artist will be on hand, serving as a guide to explain his philosophy and methods of creating art—all in the span of an elevator ride.
This Project-Based Residency is generously supported by Linda Bailey.
Danielle C. Wyckoff combines her backgrounds in literature, technical theatre, and visual art to create installations, works on paper, and performative and participatory artworks. With the Lawrence Art Center, she will collaborate with the Department of Performing Arts and Lawrence community members to produce a theatrical production, its set, and a corresponding installation. Danielle holds … [more]
Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar (TUG Collective) will use their time and resources at the Lawrence Arts Center to design and printEthnographic Contrafacta, a collection of short essays/poems and graphic sound scores that will join six other works as part of Border, Corridors, and Lines of Desire. Emerging out of TUG’s three-year engagement with individuals and … [more]
Nate Ditzler grew up on the island of O´ahu, Hawai´i. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hawai´i at Manoa. In 2016, he completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at West Virginia University. He has shown in galleries, solo shows, juried exhibitions, and group … [more]
Johanna Winters hails from Minneapolis, MN where she served as the Education and Community Programs Manager at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Johanna received her MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and was the 2017-18 recipient of the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Thomas Fellowship. She has taught printmaking as an Associate Lecturer … [more]
Dancer/choreographer Maura Garcia collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. She has … [more]
Kevin Benham is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design at South Dakota State University. He received his MLA from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and his M.Arch. at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Michigan. He has taught interdisciplinary studios at several … [more]
Michael Benedetti is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and he has an MFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia. Michael has been awarded multiple residencies, including a residency in Ghent Belgium where he studied low-toxic and sustainable options for printmakers. He also has exhibited his work throughout the world.
Tressa Jones, artist and printmaker, was born and raised in the Greater Boston Area. After studying fine art and printmaking in Boston, and then in New Mexico she relocated to Missoula, Montana to pursue a MFA in Studio Art at the University of Montana, which she completed in 2016. As a graduate student Tressa held … [more]
Carly Slade is a Canadian artist who grew up in “Big sky Alberta” and spent her working life in the trades. From carpentry to concrete, she is most at home in a shop. Her work is heavily influence by her childhood in a blue collar home where work ethic and craftsmanship were highly valued. Using … [more]
A native of the Buffalo, NY, Amanda Maciuba graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 with a degree in Visual Studies and a concentration in Print Media. Amanda completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2015. Alongside her MFA, she also received a Certificate of the Book … [more]
Christy Wittmer received a BFA in painting and sculpture from Miami University. She has studied ceramics at San Diego City College and The Ohio State University and earned her MFA in ceramics from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. Since then she has been working as a glaze chemist at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, OH. … [more]
Eleanor Goudie-Averill is currently the Associate Director of Dance at the Lawrence Arts Center and a professor of Modern I-III at the University of Kansas. She initially returned to Kansas as an Artist-in-Residence at the Arts Center in 2015, providing dance outreach to over twenty local schools and organizations and choreographing for many productions, including … [more]
Gunyoung Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received her BFA from Kook-Min University in Korea in 2010 and came to the United States to pursue an MFA in ceramic art. Gunyoung received her degree from The Ohio State University in 2014 and won the 2014 NCECA Graduate Award for Excellence. Following her residency … [more]
Tonja Torgerson has her M.F.A. in Printmaking from Syracuse University and B.F.A. in Studio Arts, with a minor in Art History, from the University of Minnesota. She was the 2014/15 Arts Center Printmaking Artist in Residence, and has accepted the inaugural position of Print Studio Fellow at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Valerie Campos, originally from Mexico City, spent her early years in Los Angeles where street art and culture influenced her aesthetic. At age 22, she began teaching herself how to paint and moved to Oaxaca, Mexico which is known as a city of Mexican painters. Her work has garnered international attention, being exhibited in China, … [more]
The Tea Project A short term residency and installation providing uncommon perspective on politics, art, and Guantanamo Bay detainees. Artist Aaron Hughes began the Tea Project as a response to his military deployment to Iraq and Kuwait in 2003 and his return trip in 2009 as a peace delegate to the First International Labor Conference … [more]
Kyla Strid has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an MFA from Ohio University. She worked as a technician for Easy Ceramic Decals and in multiple galleries as an Assistant Manager, Manager, Concept Designer, and Curator. She has been awarded residencies at the Clay Studio of Missoula, Red Lodge Clay … [more]
John McCaughey holds a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island College and his MFA in printmaking from Ohio State University. John is interested in knowing more about the things people frequently ignore during their daily “point A to point B” routines. He works with commonly overlooked objects, such as advertisements, public bulletin boards, QR codes, surveillance … [more]
Monika Laskowska was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She earned her MFA from The Ohio State University and BFA in Ceramics from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway, Ireland. Laskowska studied at The National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and holds a BA in English from the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland. She recently … [more]
Patrick Vincent received his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and his M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University. He has worked for the design/letterpress workspace Studio on Fire, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Pyracantha Press. With this foundation in books, printmaking, and design, Patrick creates original works of art as well as … [more]
Kristi Arnold received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Kansas in 2001. In 2005, she earned her MFA in painting and printmaking from The University of Connecticut. She is currently a visual arts candidate for PhD at the University of Sydney in Australia. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, and … [more]
Allen Chen was born in 1979 in Taiwan and immigrated to California in 1991. He received his BFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in 2005 and MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Allen has since completed artist residencies at Mendocino Art Center in California, the Red … [more]
Carla Aspenberg, printmaker and sculptor, was born in 1980 in New York City. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 2006 and a BA in Studio Art from Bard College in 2002. Her prints have been included in exhibitions such as “New Prints 2011 / … [more]
Willy Chyr is interested in generative art, storytelling, and the intersection between art and science. He holds a BA degree in physics and economics from the University of Chicago. While in college, Willy joined Le Vorris & Vox Circus and performed as a juggler, unicyclist, and magician. He also learned to twist balloons. Chyr’s art, … [more]
Akiko Jackson holds an MFA (2009) from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA (2006) from California State University Northridge. Jackson has been the recipient of multiple awards and artist residencies including the Louise Bourgeois Endowed Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center; the Art Bridge Fellowship from the Pratt Fine Arts Center; and a Roswell Artist in Residence … [more]
Nicolette Ross holds a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work is included in several private and public collections including the Special Collections at Olin Library, at Washington University, the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, the SCGI … [more]
The Lawrence Arts Center has awarded its first Project-based Residency to Lawrence artist, Aaron Storck. The goal of this new program, funded in part by a grant from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, is to help support, sustain, and foster growth in local arts and artists by providing material support for development of special projects, with … [more]
Sarah was born and raised in New York City and has done artist residencies at the Greenwich House Pottery in New York, the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas, and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She received a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode … [more]
Alison Filley is currently the Coordinator of Studios and Outreach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work combines the artificial glitziness of popular culture with elaborate ornamental patterning and photographic imagery. She creates two-dimensional prints, … [more]
Hak Kyun Kim is originally from Seoul, South Korea. He studied ceramics at Seoul National University of Technology and went on to receive his MFA from the University of Montana in Missoula. Since his residency at the Lawrence Arts Center, he has gone on to curate international ceramic competitions, work as the director of The … [more]
Donika Wiley received her BFA in Sculpture with Honors from the University of Kansas. Donika’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work was also featured in “New American Paintings in 2009. Through meditative and delicate moments in the studio, Donika conveys a gesture of exultation. Fully embracing subtle nuance, her drawings are carefully … [more]
Jennifer Holt’s porcelain, mixed media sculpture and installation art revolves around concepts of time, place, and memory. She has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the Lawrence Art Center, and attended an international residency at Flicam/FuLe International Art Museums in Fuping, … [more]
Brian Stuparyk is the founder of Steam Whistle Letterpress in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been collecting and restoring letterpress equipment since buying his first press in 2000. Originally from Grande Prairie, Canada, he holds a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University in Toronto and an MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art … [more]
Taryn McMahon received her BFA from The Pennsylvania State University, and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship and fully funded residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO; Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL; and Women’s Studio … [more]
Jessica Conner came directly to the Lawrence Arts Center from Fort Hays State University after earning her MFA in 2006. She is a Western Kansas native growing up on her family’s farm as part of the fifth generation to participate in farming practices there. After spending a few years as the Lawrence Arts Center’s studio … [more]
Stacy Barnes is originally from Greensburg, Kansas. After she received a BFA in ceramics from Kansas State University, she was awarded the first year-long residency at the Lawrence Arts Center. After her residency she returned to her hometown to set up a studio. She is also the Director of the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg.