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Alumni Happenings
We recently checked in with Amanda Hamilton to ask a few questions about her work in the studio since her residency. Amanda was a visual artist in residence at Good Hart Artist Residency in August 2017 in partnership with Crooked Tree Art Center. She lives and works in Minneapolis, MN and is an Associate Professor of Art at Bethel University, St Paul, MN. She has served on the board of the Good Hart Artist Residency since October 2017.

Amanda, tell us about your recent award of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

The MSAB Artist Initiative Grant provides project based funding. I'll be integrating a printmaking process into my painting practice. During a recent solo show, a printmaker brought up the fact that the paintings would be ideal as printing plates in the process of collagraphy. After researching the process, which is based on printing from a textured surface, I am planning to make prints from the surface of the paintings as they are being created. Many of the paintings are worked on in over a dozen layers which would translate to over a dozen prints. The printing process would emphasize the texture of the painting and make it more visible in reproduction while maintaining the darkness and nuance of the paintings. I will experiment with various papers and printing inks and integrate some of the materials the paintings rely on for texture such as flake mica, copper fillings, and iridescent powdered pigments. I imagine installing a suite of 3-5 framed prints tracking the interesting changes in a single paintings development alongside the final painting. This installation arrangement will highlight the significance of process and act as a record of material memory. 

How has your time and studio experiences at Good Hart Artist Residency influenced your practice since your residency there in 2017?

I think the long periods of solitude and quiet allowed me to take the paintings to the next stage. I find it difficult to develop new aspects of the work without a sustained period of time to dedicate to studio practice.  Good Hart Artist Residency allowed physical space, time and care (great conversations with the hosts, amazing meals) to really explore the work as it was and open new possibilities in my painting practice. I also think the paintings became much more physically textural after my time spent in the landscape in Northern Michigan.

What about Northern Michigan has stuck with you since your time there?

The beauty of the place. I fell in love with rocks. I spent hours and hours on the beach, listening to the clatter of the stones and the water rolling in. I had already been working with natural materials and was drawn to the subtlety of surface and color in the fossils and rocks of Lake Michigan.  

What are the upcoming projects that you are excited about right now?

A printmaking class at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, MN, taught by Good Hart alum Mike Marks, to learn about the collagraph process and various printmaking techniques.

What would you share with an artist heading to Good Hart Artist Residency this year or considering applying in the future?

To an artist heading to Good Hart this year: Be open to just being. Spend time with the lake, spend time with yourself. Take long walks and enjoy the amazing food and company. To an artist applying:  Know that it provides a lot of solitude unlike some other residencies so be sure that suits you. It's competitive but so worth it for the opportunity to be in a beautiful, restorative place.
Local Workshops by Returning Alumni

May 14, 2019 – Coffee @ Ten with Mami Takahashi
Alumni artist Mami Takahashi returns for a Coffee@Ten talk at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. Have you ever thought about why traditional Japanese paintings use background differently compared to Western paintings? Or, why the traditional performance art looks slow and not so dramatic?

Also that afternoon Mami will be running the following workshop. 

Artist Workshop: Painting with Nature- Learn from Japanese and Indigenous Traditions
Having spent the formative years of life in Japan, where ancient art practices and techniques often collide with those of contemporary art, Takahashi has long appreciated and used the creative possibilities offered by traditional materials and what they offer to artists seeking greater formal control in their practice.
Over the last two thousand years, Japanese painting has used materials with close analogs in nature in order to engage with the environment. Participants will be taught basic methods of pigment-making, as well as how to explore painting beyond the regular canvas, on the bark of trees, which known the many northern Michigan indigenous tribes has been using for their creative works.
See Crooked Tree Arts Center for more details…
May 29-31, 2019 – Capturing Light with Steven Walker
Join alumni artist Steven Walker for a workshop at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City. Take your paintings to the next level through this three-day workshop with artist/instructor Steven S. Walker. Steven won an award of excellence in the Oil Painters of America salon show at CTAC 2018. Participants will learn how to capture light and how to achieve captivating glows within their paintings while using photographs of their choice as reference. See Crooked Tree Arts Center for more details…
Other Alumni Happenings

New work by Steven S. Walker 
April 5 - April 27, 2019
Opening Reception, Friday, April 5th 6:00-8:00, Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

Watch YouTube Video by - 
Steven Walker "Within"


Featuring work by Kalina Winska,
March 28th- May 17th, 2019
NIU Art Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

2019 Boise State University Biennial Faculty Exhibition 

Featuring work by Kirsten Furlong, March 30th - July 28th, 2019 
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
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