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Naomi Schliesman

Artist Development Coordinator
Springboard for the Arts
201 W Lincoln Ave
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

12 September 2016



Fergus Falls, MN – This September through February, Springboard for the Arts’ Lake Region office will welcome eleven new resident artists to Hinge Arts, their artist residency program on the campus of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital, or “Kirkbride Building.”

The 11 artists selected represent a variety of disciplines, including the literary arts, music, choreography, visual art, photography and film. Several are from Minnesota, others will travel from as far away as New York City and Austin, Texas. 8 artists will focus on self-driven career development projects, and 3 artists will participate in funded Creative Placemaking residencies, during which they will create projects with and for the community of Fergus Falls. Participating artists are:


  • Gina Hunt, visual arts, Good Thunder, MN
  • Rebecca Yates, literature, Minneapolis, MN
  • Stephan Eirik Clark, literature, St. Paul MN
  • Asako Hirabayashi, composer and performer, Falcon Heights, MN
  • Rene Meyer-Grimberg, participatory immersive/interactive performance art, St. Paul, MN
  • Christine Marcotte, literature, Deer River, MN
  • Katherine Bergstrom, choreographer, New York, NY
  • Charles Matson Lume, visual art, St. Paul, MN
  • Ellie Kingsbury, visual art, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jes Reyes, literature, St. Paul, MN
  • Stephen Krishnan, guitarist Austin, TX
Full bios can be found on the Springboard for the Arts website.

One of the artists who is participating in a Creative Placemaking residency is Gina Hunt, a site-specific installation artist from Good Thunder, Minnesota, who will use her September residency to create an interactive installation in front of the Kirkbride Building itself. The installation, which will be showcased during the Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend on September 17th, will be created out of wood, architectural netting, and paint. “The installation is intended to connote change, the passage of time, and temporality,” says Hunt. “I will be dependent on the building, its history, and its design throughout the residency and in creating this large-scale project. I am excited to incorporate such a grand building with a complicated and extensive history into my practice.”

Also at the Kirkbride Weekend, resident artist Rebecca Yates from Minneapolis will share a free Erasure Poetry workshop. According to Yates, Erasure Poetry is “a type of poetry created by removing words from an existing text (pages of a book or magazine). Select words and phrases are left untouched by "eraser" (Whiteout or paint, most commonly) and read together as a new piece of writing – an erasure poem.” Yates makes erasure poems from odd, outdated, or otherwise obscure books found at thrift stores, antique malls, or her grandmother's bookcase.

There will be community meet & greets for each of the newly arrived artists
, Tuesdays at 4:30pm at the Springboard for the Arts office, 201 West Lincoln Ave. “The meet and greets have been a great way for the artists to meet people in the community of Fergus Falls  and a way for the artists to interact and exchange ideas with community members,” says Springboard’s Naomi Schliesman. The schedule of meet & greets is:
  • September 20 for Stephan Eirik Clark
  • October 11 for Asako Hirabayashi
  • October 25 for Rene Meyer-Grimberg
  • November 1, for Christine Marcotte
  • November 29, for Katherine Bergstrom
  • January 3, 2017 for Charles Matson Lume and Ellie Kingsbury
  • January 31, 2017 for Jes Reyes
  • February 15, for Stephen Krishnan

Hinge Arts is the second phase of Imagine Fergus Falls, a project that was launched in September 2012 and has engaged dozens of artists in fostering interaction about the past and future of the Kirkbride Building, a 500,000 square foot mental institution that permanently closed in 2005. Two visiting artists reside in Fergus Falls at a time, living on the Kirkbride campus in newly renovated apartment buildings owned by local developer, the Campus Development Group. The apartments are located in a former male Nurse’s Dormitory directly adjacent to the main Kirkbride building. Artists’ length of residencies varies from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.

The long-term goals of Hinge Arts are to help incubate ideas and support for permanent artist live/work space at the Kirkbride building, and to continue engaging the local community about the general future of the Kirkbride building and its potential role as a cultural destination. Hinge Arts is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program.

About Springboard for the Arts
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. Our work is about creating communities and artists that have a reciprocal relationship, where artists are key contributors to community issues and are visible and valued for the impact they create. We do this work by creating simple, practical solutions and systems to support artists. Those programs support our goal to help create a local culture movement. Springboard for the Arts’ offices are based in Fergus Falls, and Lowertown Saint Paul, MN. More:
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