Meet the 2020-2021 Resident Artists
Mark your calendar: Artist Accelerator Resident Exhibit: Feb. 11 – March 27
Artist Residencies at The Arts Center are an investment in one’s professional career, with dedicated time, studio space and collaborative support.
The Artist Accelerator Program is comprised of professional development programming, networking events, and residencies for emerging artists. Artists in Residence receive studio space and participate in supportive peer development through casual critiques, professional development lectures, progress meetings, and preparation of a body of artworks to exhibit at The Arts Center. Artist Accelerator residents are selected for professional and personal growth potential, as well as an ability and willingness to contribute to a thriving artist community.
2020/2021 Residency Expectations & Details:
- Applications for 2020/2021: Closed
- Residencies run Oct. 14, 2020 – Jan. 30, 2021
- Residency cost is $800 with partial scholarships available.
- There are 4-8 (COVID dependent) Residencies available. 2 painting, 2 open media, and 2 ceramic on-site at The Arts Center and 2 open media (not needing ventilation) off-site.
- Off-site residencies are generously hosted by the Downtown Corvallis Association and are open to artists working in any media that does not require ventilation. This can include, installation, sculpture, music/sound, some painting, writing, drawing, and other media. This does not include ceramics or spray painting.
- Residents are expected to attend the majority of Wednesday evening lectures Oct. 2020 – Jan. 2021 and bi-monthly progress meetings and group discussions.
- Professional Development Lectures will cover:
- Going into Business (Business basics)
- Professional Artist Practices
- Money Matters (Taxes and Finance)
- Applying to Galleries & Exhibitions
- Selling Online
- Marketing & Branding
- Residents are required to host open studios once a month (COVID dependent, alternatives available)
- Residents are required to participate in the end of residency exhibit that will run Feb – March 2021. Residents are expected to work with the Exhibit Director and meet exhibition deadlines, during and after the residency.
Questions? Contact Claire Elam
2019-2020 Resident Artists
Kristie Potwora | Painting & Printmaking
Kristie (Johnson) Potwora holds an MFA and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Oregon and a BA in Art Education from Humboldt State University. She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) and Print Arts Northwest (PAN). She teaches art courses at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She lives on 16 wooded acres in rural Oregon where she keeps a small flock of pet chickens. These chickens have inspired her to begin work in egg tempera and work towards writing and illustrating her first children’s book. As a member of the Artists in Residence group, Kristie is thrilled to be part of this wonderful community of supportive and creative artists and excited to finally embrace the work she’s always longed to do.Website:Kpotwora.com
Margot Dedrick | Painting
Margot Dedrick is an artist living and working in Corvallis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from St. Olaf College (2006) and a Masters of Science in Arts Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Oregon (2018), where she was the recipient of the Laurel Award Curatorial Internship at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Margot’s current work explores childhood memories by depicting whimsical creatures in abstracted, colorful compositions using watercolor, ink, and acrylics. For this artist residency, Margot is most excited about the opportunity to be surrounded by other artists, learn from working professionals, and to have a studio space outside of her home.
Sabra Comins | Mixed Media & Writing
Sabra Comins grew up at the end of a dirt road in Anchorage, Alaska. She spent much of her time submersed in nature, where she felt most at home. Sabra’s love of nature steered her to earn a Master of Environmental Management degree at Portland State University (2000). Her love of self-expression engaged her in ceramics and writing. She received grants for public art, completed the Institute of Children’s Literature course, Writing for Children and Teenagers, and had a ceramic sculpture show at the J. Crist Gallery (Boise, ID 2004). Sabra loves being an Artist in Residence for its guidance, education, and most of all community.
Shagufta Mulla | Painting
Shagufta Mulla, DVM is a wildlife artist living in Independence, OR. After a 20 year career as a small animal veterinarian, she changed paths in 2019 to pursue her lifelong passion for art. In contrast to her authoritarian upbringing, her oil and acrylic paintings celebrate individuality. Largely self-taught, Shagufta’s work frequently depicts a solitary subject, with birds, in particular, representing voice and freedom. Her work has been in the Salem Art Association’s Salem Salon show (2019), The Art Center’s 8 x 8 show (2019), and at Keizer Art Association’s Celebration of Flowers (2019) where she was awarded third place for her painting, “Steadfast.” She has also contributed work to Chintimini Wildlife’s annual art auction, Art Is Wild (Corvallis, 2019.) She enjoyed speaking with the public about her work during her residency at The Arts Center.
2018-2019 Resident Artists
The first resident artists were featured in a catalog documenting artwork created during their residency, shown in tandem with the Art of Being an Artist, and exhibit for mid-career artists Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún. A video documents the results of the first artists’ four-month residencies, and in the video below residents talk about their time as residents:
Justin Lodge | Painting
Kimberly Long | Ceramics
This opportunity has opened a whole new world to Kim and her work. Growing up in Pueblo, Colorado she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by local artists. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center invited school-age students to engage with the arts and the artists. This left a lasting impression on her to always create and make. Kim is excited to be a part of a program with an encouraging community again. After recently moving to Corvallis, her imagination started to run wild and anytime she looked outside, she began to understand the origins of folklore. Getting to work at The Arts Center provides an artistic development opportunity that she never anticipated. Kim is eager to grow professionally, artistically, and confidently with an inspiring community. Kim’s Instagram >>
Tara Robinson | Painting
Tara Rodden Robinson, Ph.D., is an artist and illustrator. A biologist by training, she presents natural organisms with biological realism while expressing emotion and narrative through color and subtle anthropomorphism. When asked what she valued most about being an artist in residence at the Arts Center, she said, “As someone who works at home, I love coming to the Arts Center every day to be part of a community of creatives. I love meeting people and sharing our stories. Most of all, I value the opportunity to contribute to the lives of others through sharing my art and my love of nature.” Tara’s Website and Blog >>
Claire Elam | Ceramics – Peer Mentor
Claire grew up with a very close relationship with nature and small communities. These relationships developed throughout her adolescence and when it came time to leave for college she followed the course and chose to go somewhere very small, in the woods, and community-focused. Claire is excited to be mentoring Kimberly Long and sharing her ceramic knowledge in such a close and intimate manner.