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Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is a community development and artist residency program in Fergus Falls which activates cultural programming at or related to the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.”

Launched in Spring 2015, Hinge Arts is intended to create opportunities where artists and community members gather to explore themes of transition, connection, and innovation inspired by the community’s 124 years of hosting a state mental institution.

The name “Hinge” is inspired by a belief that artists play a key role in connecting our past with our future. A deliberate response to the word “unhinged” as it relates to mental illness, activities may have a special focus of using art as a way to illuminate the many perspectives behind the history of mental health treatment as well as preservation and economic development in rural towns.

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Current artists

The following 13 artists have been selected to participate in the Hinge Arts Residency in Fergus Falls between April and August 2017.  These artists will either focus on career development or creative placemaking projects during their time in Fergus Falls, and several will offer workshops or programs in the Fergus Falls area. Learn more about the artists and their residency projects with Artist Meet & Greets. Events take place from 4:30pm- 5:30pm on Tuesdays at Springboard for the Arts.

SILOH RADOVSKY  |  Career Development, April 2017

Siloh Radovsky received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College, where she took an interdisciplinary approach to written and visual composition. The author of numerous illustrated chapbooks as well as non-fiction essays, Siloh’s current work grapples with contemporary complexities within utopianism and nostalgia, especially as they relate to art and medicine. Questions about the cultural context of literary form catalyzes experimentation in her work, and she often explores poetic, non-traditional cohesion in fiction prose. While in residence Siloh will be working on a set of stories themed around contemporary relationships to bodily health, particularly concerning the treatment of mental illness and emotional malaise. These topics Siloh explores in relation to the fallout of colonization and its economic descendants, while striving to articulate the tension between fictionalized subjectivity and historical inquiry. Samples of her work can be found at Artist Meet & Greet on April 4th.


DAKOTA SEXTON  |  Creative Placemaking, April 2017

Dakota Sexton is a multidisciplinary designer, web developer, and writer. With a fierce appetite for wading into the borderlands between art and technology, she is often driven by a desire to explore how literary devices, art direction, and creative applications of coding can be used to demystify esoteric, academic, or otherwise distinctly insider topics. Her interviews, articles, and essays have appeared in Paper Darts, Monkeybicycle, Yoga International, American Craft, and the anthology The Way We Sleep. Find her online at Artist Meet & Greet on April 4th.


BETHANY LACKTORIN  |  Creative Placemaking, April/September 2017

Bethany Lacktorin is a performer, sound artist and musician who creates site-specific, immersive, interactive, multi- disciplinary installation experiences that foster new perspectives, heightened awareness, and deeper connections to the spaces, places, and communities in which we live. Expressed as music, movement, sound, story and object Bethany’s work has been presented at institutions across the US and Europe.

A professional sound engineer since 2001 she has earned credit as sound designer for feature films, documentaries, short films, television and radio. Currently based in rural Minnesota on nature reserve, Ordway Prairie, Bethany studied music performance for violin at Lawrence University, receive her AAS in Music Production at McNally Smith College of Music and her BAFA in Experimental Media at Prague College School of Art & Design. Artist Meet & Greet on April 25th.


MARY PROENZA  |  Creative Placemaking, May 2017

Mary Proenza was raised up and down the coast of California and now lives in New York City. She earned her MFA in painting at New York Studio School, her MFA in creative writing at The New School, and her BA in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has received residency grants in visual art from the Jentel Foundation, New York Mills Cultural Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is scheduled for a National Parks Arts Foundation residency in late 2017, at Aztec Ruins National Monument. One focus of her work at Hinge Arts will be plein air painting at the Kirkbride and in the Fergus Falls area. She also combines writing with visual art, and another of her projects is a graphic memoir in progress, a portion of which has been published in Rosebud magazine. Her art reviews have been published in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail, and her visual art appears on the covers of books from John Daniel & Co. and CDs from CMH and Arhoolie. She has taught both studio art and English at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, in the Art Department at Marymount Manhattan College, and at New York Academy of Art. See samples of her work at Artist Meet & Greet on May 23rd.


KATINA BITSICAS  |  Career Development, June 2017

Katina Bitsicas is a new media artist who utilizes video, photography, and performance in her art works. Her works explore the effects of crime, traumatic personal events, and architectural containments on the human psyche. By dissecting the victim-perpetrator dichotomy as well as the impact of imprisonment, whether it is in a jail, asylum, home, or mind, she creates unconventional dialogues about these topics. Based on personal experiences, she explores these larger political, social, and psychological issues on an intimate level.

Shown both nationally and internationally, Katina has exhibited in multiple galleries, museums and festivals including Videoart Festival Miden in Kalamata, Greece, AIVA Festival in Finspång, Sweden, La Corte Gallery of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy, the Gezira Art Center in Cairo, Egypt, Traction Arts in Los Angeles, CA, the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL, The Carr Center in Detroit, MI, the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach, FL, and Gallery Penza in Lansing, MI curated by the late Michael Rush. She also worked as a production assistant on the Academy Award short-listed documentary film Battle for Brooklyn.

Born in East Lansing, Michigan, Katina currently resides in Columbia, MO. She received her BA from Kalamazoo College and Post-Baccalaureate from SACI in Florence, Italy, and was awarded the Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Educational Trust Scholarship. Katina then received her MFA from the University of South Florida. She is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital Storytelling at the University of Missouri. Artist Meet & Greet June 6th.


LIZ MILLER & DAVID HAMLOW  |  Career Development, June 2017

Liz Miller received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Miller’s large-scale, mixed-media installations and works on paper have been featured in solo and group exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. One-person exhibitions include venues such as The South Dakota Art Museum (Brookings, SD); Redux Contemporary Art Center (Charleston, SC); 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA); David B. Smith Gallery (Denver, CO); The MAEP Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Mercer Union (Toronto, CAN). Miller’s awards include a 2013 McKnight Professional Development Grant from Forecast Public Art; a 2011-12 McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists; a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant; a 2007-08 MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowship; and Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Miller’s work has been featured in art ltd, Art in America, The Huffington Post, and Daily Serving, and is included in two books: Nature: Inspiration for Art & Design (Monsa, 2008) and Tactile: High Touch Visuals (Die Gestalten Verlag, 2007). Miller lives and works in Good Thunder, MN. She is Professor of Installation and Drawing at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

David Hamlow holds an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota (2005). He has received Individual Artist Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2003, 2009 and 2016, and a Prairie Lakes Regional Art Council/McKnight Fellowship Award in 2013. Hamlow has shown his work regionally, nationally and internationally, including Above Is Below at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Cashing Out at the Kala Institute, Berkley CA, Preservationist, in the Dodd Galleries, U of GA, Athens, and 9 x 12 at Ferencvarosi-Pince Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Recent solo installations include When You Put It That Way, Centennial Galleries, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Speculative Equivalent, Hutchison Center for Visual Art, and A Book of Hours, in the Eaton-Buchan Gallery, Coe College, Cedar Rapids Iowa. Hamlow is the professor of Visual Culture at Minnesota State University Mankato, and lives and maintains a studio in Good Thunder, Minnesota. Artist Meet & Greet June 20th.


JOSHUA WEINBERG  |  Career Development, July 2017

Joshua Weinberg, a Minneapolis based flutist/harpist/composer, made his solo debut in 2011 on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Since then, he has performed on the stages of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Ted Mann Concert Hall, among others across the United States and abroad. With a passion for new and experimental music, Joshua has performed with Zeitgeist, Renegade Ensemble, Spitting Image Collective, Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, MusikaNova, Encore Wind Ensemble, and Grand Symphonic Winds. He was the 1st Prize winner of the Schubert Club Competition in 2015, and was the Showcase Artist for Minnesota Public Radio’s Varsity Contest in 2011. His performances have been broadcasted on Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio, and the television station TPT2. Joshua graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Olaf College (Northfield, MN) in 2015 and has maintained an active freelance career since. Artist Meet & Greet July 11th.

HOLLY STREEKSTRA  |  Career Development, July 2017

Holly Streekstra is a sculptor and installation artist who employs multiple modes and forms of expression. With a background in theater, sculpture, music, and dance, her work has explored perception and make-belief to investigate our inner subjective states and psychic vulnerability in the contemporary world. She is especially interested in the willing suspension of disbelief and our capacity for doubt. Streekstra has participated in many group exhibitions and residencies in the United States and abroad and has received several awards. Her work has been shown at SooVAC, Minnesota Museum of American Art, and Franconia Sculpture Park, in Minnesota; the Invisible Dog, Brooklyn; and the Good Children Gallery, New Orleans. She was a 2016 Jerome Emerging Artist Fellow. In 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary. She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and an MFA from Louisiana State University. See more at Artist Meet & Greet July 18th.

SU HWANG  |  Career Development, July 2017

Su Hwang was recently awarded the 2016-17 Minnesota Emerging Writers Grant made possible by the Loft Literary Center and Jerome Foundation, juried by members of VONA. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she grew up in New York then moved to San Francisco before transplanting to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA in Poetry. She is also the recipient of the Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in Poetry and the Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize. Her first poetry collection Bodega is currently a finalist for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Book Prize with Pleiades Press, and she is also a finalist for the Coffee House Press In the Stacks residency at Dickinson House in Belgium. Several of her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Drunken Boat, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Rogue Agent, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, and Su currently lives in Minneapolis. Artist Meet & Greet July 18th.

TESSA TORGESON  |  Career Development, August 2017

Tessa Torgeson is a writer and social worker currently living in Fargo, ND. After graduating from NDSU with an English degree, she received a Prose certificate from the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon. Tessa's writing has been published or is forthcoming in Oregon Humanities Magazine, Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal, bioStories, Role/ Reboot, Dulcet Quarterly, The Fix, and locally in High Plains Reader, among others. Her writing aims to illuminate the darkness of mental illness and addiction, while also exploring the relationship between madness and creativity. Tessa hopes to expand the reader's conception of what memoir and madness mean through experimenting with form, braiding research about pop culture, astronomy, and psychology with personal narrative in a non-linear story arc. You may learn more about more of her work at Artist Meet & Greet August 1st.

SHARON MANSUR  |  Career Development, August 2017

Sharon Mansur is an experimental dance and visual artist whose creative research integrates improvisational techniques, somatic practices, and interdisciplinary collaborative approaches. She has a keen interest in site-situated/responsive art that melds the visual and visceral, body and environment, as well as subtle or invisible internal and external landscapes and perceptions. She loves creating experiences where active empathetic viewing and wild imaginations are welcome. Her live performance and dance on film projects have been presented throughout the United States, as well as in Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Mexico, and the UK. More at Artist Meet & Greet August 1st.

GLENDA REED  |  Creative Placemaking, August 2017

Glenda Reed is an award-winning feminist writer. Her work has received funding from the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the oldest continuous fund for feminist writers in the country. Her writing has been published in Creative Nonfiction and Word Riot and she is a winner of The Moth StorySLAM. Reed is currently writing her story as one non-compliant woman who charted her own course in the masculine–coded domain of ocean sailing. You can connect with her online at and follow the progress of her memoir about hitchhiking across oceans on her blog and Artist Meet & Greet August 15th.

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