Pine Meadow Ranch Center for the Arts and Agriculture Announces 2022 Residencies

The Sisters Working Ranch, Ore. rewards 26 artists, scientists, scholars and researchers from all over the country for residencies around “Coexistence and regeneration”

SISTERS, OR, USA, March 2, 2022 / — Pine Meadow Ranch Arts and Agriculture Center, a working ranch in Sisters, Oregon, focused on artistic, agricultural and ecological projects, granted residencies to 26 artists, scientists, scholars and researchers working on individual or collaborative interdisciplinary projects and other forms of creative work. Chosen from a pool of more than 80 candidates, each participant was selected based on: the quality of the work; ability to communicate the objectives of their project; the ability to engage and build community; and relevance to the theme of the 2022 residency, “Coexistence and Regeneration”.

Throughout the year, winners will be hosted at the Ranch for two-week residencies. Two laureates will be in residence at a time and each will have a studio for their own artistic practice. They will also participate in community events throughout the year, including conferences, workshops and roundtables for the public. This year’s residents range from emerging artists and scientists to those well known and established in their field and include:

visual arts
Kellie G. Hoyt (Minneapolis, MN): mosaics (2D and 3D), acrylic paintings, collages of nature-based multimedia objects.

Brenda Gratton (Madison, WI): Mosaics, soft pastels. Look for hope and joy in the little everyday moments.

Line Berge (Norway): Norwegian mosaicist who finds her inspiration in her materials.

Ayla Gizlice (Raleigh, NC): Sculpture, installations linking her Turkish heritage aesthetic with local and global environmental concerns.

Alyssa Eckert (Washington State): Pen and ink drawings inspired by plants, animals and ecology.

Hilary Pfeifer (Portland, OR): Craft-influenced sculptor. Explores the natural world through object, collage, installation and public art.

Andrew Myers (Corvallis, Oregon): explores instinct, extinction, isolation, and conservation in drawings with elements of installation, printmaking, sculpture, and animation.

Sarah Smiley (Los Angeles, California): Paintings using cut-out papers. Explores the human relationship to self and the natural world.

Crystal Schenk (Portland, OR): Sculpture. Explores the impact of escalating forest fires, metaphors for individual and collective grief.

Michael Boonstra (Corvallis, OR): Drawing, photography, installation and sculpture. Founding Member, Gray Space Artist Group, Oregon.

Marie Thibeault (Long Beach, CA): large format paintings. Addresses the tension of the urban landscape and the natural world, the ideas of flux, change and instability in the environment.

Multidisciplinary arts
Lucy Maude Ellis: Work explores imperialism, white supremacy and gender in the contemporary American West, with a focus on cattle ranching.
Lee Emma Running (Omaha, NE): Sculpture and designs using roadkill animal bones, glass, paper, fabric, fur, raw pigments and gold.

Selena Jones (Portland, OR): explores material associations and personifications, creating meaningful forms and experiences.

James Adam Bateman (Utah): artist, writer and curator. The work focuses on the cultural, institutional, environmental and aesthetic issues of the Grand Bassin and the West.

In writing
Liza Birnbaum (Seattle, WA): Founding Editor, Big Big Wednesday, annual print journal of literature and visual art.

Sandra Honda (Eugene, OR): Japanese-American visual artist and writer. Examines contemporary Asian-American identity, environmental science and politics.

Ecology & Arts
Bradley Kik (Bellaire, MI): Co-founder/co-director of the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, a non-profit organization at the intersection of art, agriculture, local economy and ecology.

Austen Camille Weymueller (Alvin, Texas): Investigation of her body and its role as a builder in relation to ecology.

Julia Edith Rigby (California): Art informed by climate change and ecological relationships.

Peter Mackay Bradley (Juneau, AK): Independent research on the historiography of herring in Southeast Alaska and beyond. Maintains/creates a conceptual infrastructure for communities of creative practitioners.

Sneha Ganguly (New York): Interdisciplinary artist from the South Asian diaspora, working at the intersection of fine art and mycology.

Education and arts
Nancy Caroline Helmsworth (Portland, OR): Artist and arts educator. Considers art a reliable and constant companion.

Manda Bryn Severin (Grants Pass, OR): Educator, artist, musician. Combines stop-motion animation, music, art, storytelling. Will create an enriched “Comfort Seeds” program for children with fellow resident Nell Geisslinger.

Nell Geisslinger (Los Angeles, CA): former member of the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; songwriter and performer. Will collaborate with his creative partner Manda Severin on the new children’s program.

culinary arts
Thor Erickson (Bend, OR): Educator, chef and culinary artist. Explore how the region’s natural resources combine with the region’s traditional cooking techniques.

The vision of the Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture (PMRCAA) residency program is to provide a space for cultural practitioners, ecological scientists and creative thinkers to immerse themselves in their work and/or research through to access to studios, open spaces and beautiful landscapes. Residents will work alongside PMRCAA staff, volunteers and community members to preserve the ranch’s natural biosphere and historic buildings for years to come.

About Pine Meadow Ranch Center for the Arts and Agriculture (PMRCAA)
The Pine Meadow Ranch Center for the Arts and Agriculture is a 260-acre working ranch in Sisters, Oregon committed to cultivating creative thinking and responsible stewardship through sustainable agriculture, the arts conservation and studio residencies. Since 2017, PMRCAA has been a project of the Roundhouse Foundation, which has supported the work of the creative community in central Oregon for 20 years.


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