Traveling Museum Launches Artist Residency Pilot Program

residency-logoThe Traveling Museum’s Artist Residency Pilot Program brings innovative flexibility through creative mobility to the artist residency concept.   When developing this program, the Traveling Museum considered the common limitations that may restrict an artist from participating in a traditional residency program:

  • Inability to travel due to family and/or work obligations
  • Limited residency opportunities within an artists’ geographic region
  • Desire to work in a specific location where residency facilities do not or cannot exist.

The Museum’s objective is to develop a dynamic and feasible residency program that will bring the flexibility of time, space and place for artists and communities to benefit from the art residency experience.

The Traveling Museum Artist Residency Pilot Program will take place in Fergus Falls, MN with a weeklong project by visual artist Naomi Schliesman and musician/sound artist Dan Olson.

The Schliesman/Olson team will be working collaboratively July 20-26th to create an installation of sound and art objects within the Traveling Museum. Stop by the Fergus Falls Space Station throughout the week to watch the project unfold and attend the public reception on July 26th from 4 – 8pm

The Traveling Museum’s Artist Residency Pilot Program is made possible by a McKnight Mid-Career Professional Development Grant through Forecast Public Art.

Naomi RaMona Schliesman is a multi-media artist working with the ideas of sculpture, installation and public art to create physically engaging environments. She was a recipient of a fellowship from the Ragdale and Kimmel Hardening Nelson Center for the Arts. Naomi has participated in residency programs at Vermont Studio Center, VT and Hospitalfield Arts in Arbroath, Scotland. She exhibits her work nationally and resides in rural Fergus Falls where she serves as the Artist Development Coordinator for Springboard for the Arts’ rural office.

Dan Olson has been writing and recording music for 15 years and founder of the musical group Radio On. Through the support of a LRAC Legacy Grant, Olson has launched Space Station, a multi purpose performance/recording venue in Fergus Falls. Space Station strives to be a resource for performing artists in the lakes area by providing the tools to establish an audio/video presence online.



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