Alison Morse‘s poems and prose have been published widely in national literary journals, magazines and anthologies. Her story, “The Truth About ‘The Lead Plates at the Romm Press,'” won a Tiferet Fiction Award. She is also the author of If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, (Red Bird Chapbooks), a collection of very short stories, and The Price of Our Clothes, a limited-edition poetry chapbook (Carleton College).
A former animator, Alison created films that were screened at international film festivals and on PBS. As an animator, she received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
As a writer, Alison has collaborated with artists in other disciplines on several projects, most recently, The Price of Our Clothes, a multi-media exhibition that received support from Rimon and the Brin Jewish Arts Endowment and was exhibited at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery and Carleton College’s Perlman Museum.
Throughout the changes in her career as an artist, Alison has been a teacher. She has mentored, taught, or co-facilitated classes at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, engAGE, North Hennepin Community College, Kenwood Elementary School, the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Perpich Center for Arts Education. She believes in creating a safe, nurturing space for participants to explore and develop their own voices.
Crossing the Line: Drawing for and with Older Adults – Hamline Midway Library and CommonBond Riverview / EngAge
There is never a time when it is too late to draw, learn to draw, have a desire to draw or to make your mark(s)!
The Drawing Project offered Crossing the Line: Drawing for and with Older Adults courses spring and summer 2017. These series were facilitated by TDP artist educator Lynda Monick-Isenberg with support from TDP partner Shannon Brunette. Each session provided instruction based in a historical perspective, guided teaching and application of drawing techniques and time for personal reflection. Courses were run with the mission and belief that drawing extends both mind and spirit and is an exciting activity that promotes a deep respect for looking and thinking, expanding our understanding of the world and place in it.
The Botanical Sketch – A Spring Taster
Marilyn Garber is the founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Past-President of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, Queen Sirikit Royal Botanical Garden in Thailand, Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum in Berlin, Germany, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York, Bell Museum of Natural History and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Visioning with Women’s Advocacy, Inc
S. Saran Cryer, MFT, LISW, provides therapeutic services to shelter residents and their children who have been directly affected by domestic violence. Services include individual, family and group counseling. Saran coordinate and facilitates weekly parent education and parent/child communication groups and assist with off-site presentations, education and information regarding therapeutic services to children and women. Saran worked with The Drawing Projects founders to provide a residential visioning workshop at Women’s Advocacy, Inc.
Miracles: An Afternoon of Jewish Learning
Diane Pecoraro, St. Louis Park’s Poet Laureate engages community with poetry as readers, listeners and writers. She organizes readings and contributes to a monthly poem to the newsletter for Friends of the Arts (FOTA) working in community through language, writing and words. Diane is an poet, independent ESL Consultant, and is a former faculty member teaching new teachers in the TEFL Program at Hamline University.
Mini Masterpieces I Hayden Park Library with Artist Sonja Olson
For the past fifteen years, Sonja Olson has been teaching art to children in various settings. Most recently she is a lead teacher at Children’s Center Montessori in Saint Paul, MN. Sonja graduated cum laude from the College of Visual Arts in 2002 with a degree in sculpture and later earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Saint Thomas. In addition to teaching, Sonja has shown her work locally and has done several commissioned pieces for House of Mercy in Saint Paul. Sonja currently teaches, writes, creates and resides in Saint Paul, MN.
Franconia 25 Year Bash with Artists Jonathan Herrera, Forrest Wasko and Nancy Hicks
Nancy Hicks attends the Minneapolis College of Art and Design—she is in the process of obtaining her BFA degree in Print Paper Book. She considers her studio practice and her activist work a way of teaching and leading. It is her goal that her work brings awareness to social and political issues—whether that’s in a gallery space or in a classroom.
Jonathan Herrera attends Minneapolis College of Art and Design, working toward his BFA degree with a concentration in Print, Paper, Book. He has volunteered his services to facilitate art workshops in art centers in Chicago and Minneapolis. Jonathan works hard to create accessibility in both art and education for youth outside the institutional framework. Jonathan is dedicated to his studio practice and his teaching artist career in order to better the conditions of communities so that underserved youth do not feel limited in their future aspirations.
Forrest Wasko is a photographer whose work investigates ideas of opposing forces in the form of the man-altered landscape. Working mainly with Midwestern outskirts, Wasko photographs these borders between untouched nature and the aggression of residential expanse. He has assisted the Drawing Project in outreach workshop since 2015.
Silverwood Field Day 2016 with Artist Heather Peebles
Re-Envisioning Lincoln School Park with Artists Aaron Marx and Jonathan Herrera 2016
Aaron Marx is trained as an architect with undergraduate degrees in mathematics and English and an advanced degree in architecture. He is an artist especially interested in energy, conservation, new media, interaction, and socially engaged art. Through various media, his work examines the relationship between memory and the built environment, considers the role of temporal art in public space, and investigates new forms of interaction between people and digital tools. These works range from data visualization mapping the death toll of war, interactive light installations tracking objects in space, the exploration of sacred space, inspiring the community to dream through participatory activity, digital fabrication for multi-million dollar buildings, and residential architecture.
Currently, Aaron is practicing architecture, teaching at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, exploring socially engaged art through public performance and guerrilla projection, and researching news forms of interaction with energy and technology.
Jonathan Herrera attends Minneapolis College of Art and Design, working toward his BFA degree with a concentration in Print, Paper, Book. He has hands-on experience teaching youth through his work as an intern to teaching artist and MCAD adjunct faculty Melodee Strong, where he helped in the development of a Northside community mural. His duties included facilitating brainstorming sessions, helping youth develop their ideas creatively, and assisting in helping youth paint the mural itself. He has volunteered his services to facilitate art workshops in art centers in Chicago and Minneapolis. Jonathan works hard to create accessibility in both art and education for youth outside the institutional framework. Jonathan is dedicated to his studio practice and his teaching artist career in order to better the conditions of communities so that underserved youth do not feel limited in their future aspirations.
Beyond an Artist Talk with Emily Hoisington in Augsburg Gallery / Quad and NEXTNow / Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Emily Hoisington (MFA/Minneapolis College of Art and Design) uses printmaking, painting, drawing, papermaking, and bookmaking in imaginative explorations of urban ecosystems. She’s interested in capturing the sensory experience of the elements and creatures of nature amid a built environment, as part of the larger question “What is it like to be human in this place and in this community?” She received the MCAD collegiate fellowship at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Jerome Emerging Printmaker’s Residency at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in 2008, and was Artist in Residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 2016. Her work is included in public and private collections and she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She teaches at Saint Paul College, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Augsburg College, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
Artists Live Drawing with us at Northern Spark 2016
Valerie Jenkins lives and works in Minneapolis. Her works have been featured in group exhibitions in Minneapolis at Rosalux Gallery; Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery; and the Weisman Art Museum. She was awarded the National Endowment for MN State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant in 2012 and 2014, McKnight Foundation Visual Artists Fellowship in 2002, and the Arts Midwest Fellowship in 1996. Jenkins was a visiting artist at Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2013-2014 and an associate professor and chair of Fine Arts Department at College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2000-2013. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1991.
“I am drawn to phenomena in the world around me that captures the fleeting nature of experience. My work echoes life in the contemporary world, particularly how both the corporeal and the virtual, or the real and imaginary, contribute to what could be called “collective experience”. With a strong interest in the language of abstraction, my work begins as a trace of everyday experience, where such concerns as, distance and proximity, ambiguity and contradiction, matter and its negation, filter through questions of meaning and perception.”
Rebecca Loyche is a conceptual artist working primarily in photography, video, drawing, installation and sound. She is interested in making work that questions and readdresses everyday perception. Working with different mediums she examines the relationships of power dynamics, the language of communication and the effects of creating environments.
Cleo Malone’s work is about the personal significance of objects, places, and moments. Her drawings, books, and knitwear are meant to encourage an understanding of where things come from, and perhaps persuade people to participate in smaller networks of production. With industrialization as a leading cause of climate change, she urges us to participate in smaller, more sustainable practices of making. By doing so we can do our part to help the planet and surround ourselves with objects that hold within them more than a function, but also a purpose, sentiment, and awareness.
Heather Peebles currently lives and works in Minneapolis, MN where she is pursuing an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. As a bi-racial woman and survivor of sexual violence who was raised in rural, suburban, and urban environments, she is passionate about sustainability, identity, and sexuality. To educate herself and address the urgency of environmental and social justice, she works as the graduate assistant to the Sustainability Environmental Action Committee (SEAC) at MCAD and works closely with Break the Silence Day, an organization that provides opportunities for survivors of sexual assault to talk about their experience in a safe space.
Jade Townsend’s work explores the nature and intricacies of Americana, mythology and folklore within the context of contemporary American life. Still somewhat influenced by his formal education as an abstract painter, he currently makes figurative narrative work using sculpture, installation and drawing. His work is included in several well known collections including Saatchi and has been involved in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He is currently represented by Gallery Poulsen in Denmark and Booth Gallery in New York.
Forrest Wasko is a photographer whose work investigates ideas of opposing forces in the form of the man-altered landscape. Working mainly with Midwestern outskirts, Wasko photographs these borders between untouched nature and the aggression of residential expanse.