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Lawrence Arts Center Staff Members Pursue New Arts Opportunities

Two staff members at the Lawrence Arts Center have been awarded prestigious visual arts residencies, and a third is soon to depart on a new academic adventure.

Lawrence Arts Center Studio Manager Adam Meistrell has been awarded a short-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Located outside Helena, Montana on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company, the Archie Bray Foundation is a public, nonprofit, educational institution whose mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics.

Adam writes, “As my family of six has grown, I have become increasingly intrigued by the effectiveness of ceramics to facilitate communication, especially around mealtime. My time at the Archie Bray Foundation will be spent working through the iterative process of making, evaluating, and making again.” Adam’s work combines his throwing and handbuilding skills with parametric 3D modeling and mold making.

Print Studio Coordinator Kate Horvat has been awarded the Artist’s Book Residency Grant from the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. The Women’s Studio Workshop maintains facilities for etching, letterpress, papermaking, book arts, silkscreen, 3D work, ceramics, and photography. Their mission is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provides professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promotes programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

Kate writes, “The Women’s Studio Workshop is an institution that has been supporting female artists for 45 years and I am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with and publish an artist’s book edition with them this summer. It means a lot to be a part of this lineage of female artists.” Kate’s book, The Sun Is Shining, But I Don’t Trust It, will be 12 x 18”, 50 pages in total, and will explore the notion of truth in today’s political climate. Kate explains, “On November 9, 2017 – a year and a day after the 2016 election, I started cataloging screen shots from the front webpage of four different news outlets – CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR – as a way to track and record what each media outlet deemed front-page newsworthy for that day. These digital dialogues will be screen-printed and displayed sequentially in the book. I hope that this project serves as a type of time capsule of the start of another year into the era of Trump. After completion, the work will be included in the permanent collections of Indiana University (Bloomington), Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Delaware, Vassar College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale University, University of Michigan, The Library of Congress, and Bucknell University.”

Finally, School of Dance Coordinator, Olivia Hernández, has applied and been accepted into the MFA Theatre (Interdisciplinary Digital Media Performance) program at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Her last day at the Lawrence Arts Center will be July 19, 2019. Olivia writes, “This is a unique program positioned at the intersection of performance, engineering and media studies and the best possible space for me to integrate my skills as a technologist with my calling as a performer. I am so excited!”

Since Olivia joined the team in 2014, she has improved communications, organization and coordination, while becoming a much loved, and multitalented, fixture at the Lawrence Arts Center. The entire staff, faculty, and School of Dance student body send her on to Arizona with best wishes for great success.