Fish Creek, Wis. (Feb 9, 2023) –Peninsula School of Art (PenArt), 3900 County Road F, Fish Creek, invites the community to a free End-of-Session Studio Tour on February 21 at 4pm to meet their latest artists-in-residence.
For over 55 years, Peninsula School of Art has supported the advancement of visual artists’ careers, the creative process, and the development of new work. Originally a seasonal destination for artists and educators to make, exchange ideas, and collaborate, PenArt has evolved into a national arts hub; serving a growing audience through innovative workshops, exhibitions, and public programs.
According to Director of Education and Residencies Elysia Michaelsen, “An artists-in-residence program is part of our DNA as an organization. Our founder, Madeline Tourtelot, supported and directed a residency program, called “the Studios” through the early 1970’s.”
After Madeline’s departure, and the re-organization of the School in the 80’s, there was a focus on workshops and summer programs, but with the addition of a new studio and the acquisition of a house across the street from the campus, PenArt was able to re-launch the residency program in 2022.
“With such value placed on taking risks and pursuing new directions throughout PenArt’s history, we knew we wanted to bring back a residency program. We are are thrilled to be able to expand our support of the artists of today.” continued Michaelsen.
The 2023 winter session welcomes artists Natalie Woodlock and Maeve Jackson. Woodlock and Jackson have spent six weeks in an immersive studio experience that prioritizes time and space for them to engage fully in their creative practice, experiment, and pursue new projects and ideas. They received semi-private workspaces in the Madeline Tourtelot Studio Building; access to PenArt’s fully equipped printmaking, digital, metals, and ceramics studios; housing; and professional development opportunities.
Natalie Woodlock is a printmaker and artist currently based in Philadelphia. She explores queer temporality and subculture in her work, creating heraldic and commemorative silkscreened portraits of queer friends on satin banners. Her work has been exhibited most recently at SPACE (Portland, ME) and The Front (New Orleans, LA). In 2021 Natalie was the Print Fellow at The Wassaic Project. She has been awarded residencies at The Ellis Beauregard Foundation (Rockland, ME, 2021), Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY, 2022), and Stoveworks (Chattanooga, TN, 2023). Natalie has been involved in running many community printshops and collectives, in both the US and Australia.
Maeve Jackson is a Milwaukee based artist with a nomadic sensibility. As she travels her making-space shifts based on where she resides. Maeve is resistant to being limited to any single medium though she prefers working with the platforms of video, photography, and site-specific installations. Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions in Milwaukee, as well as Brooklyn, NY; Greensboro College, NC; Chicago, IL; Barcelona, Spain; and southern Austria. She has been featured in exhibitions at John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, WI); and at (the once) Dean Jensen Gallery, VAR Gallery, and Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel; with solo exhibitions at The Alice Wilds and Lawrence University’s Wriston Art Galleries. Maeve has attended artist-in-residence programs at Hotel Pupik in southern Austria (2016 and 2019) and Cow House Studios Open Residency Program in Wexford, Ireland (2019). Her film, “the beautiful”, screened across the United States after its 2017 premiere. Maeve is currently working on her next film, a non-traditional documentary about her family’s farmland.
Community members and fellow artists are invited on Tuesday, February 21nd at 4pm for a rare look behind the scenes during an End-of-Session Studio Tour. Attendees can learn more about what’s happening in PenArt’s studios, explore what Maeve and Natalie have worked on during their session, and ask questions. Refreshments will be served.
PenArt’s artist in residence program is designed for artists of all career stages, and applications are currently open for 2023-2024 sessions. Information and application information is available at: www.peninsulaschoolofart.org/artistinresidence.