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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.

For questions about the Hinge Residency program or to host an artist at your organization, please contact Naomi Schliesman:

Current artists

The following 10 artists have been selected to participate in the Hinge Arts Residency in Fergus Falls between September 2016 and February 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.

Katherine BergstormKatherine Bergstrom  |  Career Development, December 2016

Minnesota native Katherine Bergstrom graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2014 with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, where she performed works by Susan Rethorst, Beth Gill, Faye Driscoll, Twyla Tharp, Caitlin Trainor, and George Balanchine. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City and in Paris, most recently by Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She explores the intersections of race, class, gender, and performance with Harlem-based contemporary dance company Sydnie L. Mosley Dances. In addition to her work as the Artistic Administrator at Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Katherine maintains an active freelance schedule as a grant writer and administrator for dance companies throughout New York City. She is a member of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee of young dance advocates, and she writes about dance on her website,

Stephan Eirik ClarkStephan Eirik Clark  |  Career Development, September/October 2016

Stephan Eirik Clark is the author of the novel Sweetness #9 and the short story collection Vladimir’s Mustache, a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, he holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States, he now lives in St. Paul and directs the low-residency MFA program at Augsburg College. Find him online at

Asako HirabatashiAsako Hirabayashi |  Career Development, October 2016

A harpsichordist and composer, Asako Hirabayashi’s first recording on Albany Label, whose program is entirely composed and played by herself, was selected as one of the 5 best classical CDs of the year 2010 by Minneapolis Star Tribune and received 7 favorable reviews internationally. She won numerous grants and awards including the 2009-10 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and 2 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative grants as a soloist. As a composer, she won the 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th-8th consecutively) and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan and was awarded the 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has been a featured guest soloist in festivals and concerts worldwide since her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School.

Gina Hunt 2Gina Hunt  |  Creative Placemaking, September/October 2016

Gina Hunt received a BFA in Painting, Printmaking, and Art History from Minnesota State University, an MA in Painting from Minnesota State University, and an MFA in Painting from Illinois State University. Recent awards include the 2015-2016 Artist in Residence Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar, a 2016 residency at the Badlands National Park, a PLRAC/McKnight Emerging Artist Grant, and a 2015 nomination to the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant Program. Hunt’s practice focuses on the complexities and subjectivity of visual experience, manifested through the physical materials and traditions of painting. A strong fascination with the technologies of imaging through the medium of light inform her work. She engages structure, indexicality, pattern, and process in a way that approaches both the photographic and the sculptural. While in residence at Hinge, Hunt will be creating site-specific installations responding to the architecture of the Kirkbride.

Ellie KingsburyEllie Kingsbury  |  Career Development, January/February 2017

Ellie Kingsbury is a photographer who has been contemplating issues of identity in a world driven by social media. The internet can link people who share points of view or physical limitations or life-threatening diseases. It’s a tool for populist journalism. It’s easy and cheap to snap a picture and share it with the world.

But have our resources to contemplate sense of self turned outward too much? “Self” becomes fractured in a world of “Selfies” because of the demand for immediacy. How can we understand who we really are when everything is reduced to pixels and character counts? Does it matter any more? To illustrate the many layers of this issue, Ellie started experimenting with three-dimensional installation work. She engages with community to dig deeper into the pros and cons of the social media and create interactive displays that reflect those conversations.

Stephen KrishnamStephen Krishnan  |  Career Development, February 2017

Stephen Krishnan is an Austin-based guitarist, committed to performing fresh, unique pieces. His repertoire is representative of jazz, music written for early plucked strings like the lute, and a multitude of contemporary styles. Playing since age four, he has studied with the world-renowned teachers Alan Johnston, Adam Holzman, and the Grammy Award-Winning Bill Kanengiser. Stephen has concertized throughout the country in award-winning ensembles including the University of Texas Guitar Quartet and the Global Guitar Duo. He has won first place in two solo competitions, and has received four prizes as a finalist. He’s performed in concert series in Los Angeles and Austin, and has been featured on radio programs including Minnesota Public Radio’s Classical Music, and NPR’s From the Top. Stephen has recently completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California, and holds a faculty position at the Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin. Find Stephen online at

HeadShot_CharlesMatsonLume_1Charles Matson Lume  |  Career Development, January 2017

Charles Matson Lume is a visual artist whose art has been exhibited at institutions such as: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (Dublin, Ireland), Babel Kunst (Trondheim, Norway), Hunter College, (NYC), and the Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN). He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Charles has participated in artist residencies such as: Kemijärvi Artist Residency, Kemijärvi, Finland; Nes Artist Residency, Skagästrond, Iceland; Rud Air, Bengtsfors, Sweden; Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; and The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY. Charles lives in Saint Paul, MN, and images of his art are online at White Columns’ curated Artist Registry (NYC):

Christine MarcotteChristine Marcotte  |  Career Development, November 2016

Christine Marcotte was born in Honolulu on Dec 2, 1958, in the same hospital where President Obama was delivered a few years later. For nearly 25 years she worked for nonprofit agencies providing services to youth at risk and their families in the northern communities of Minnesota. Her writing practice is a spinoff to the genealogy and family history she started gathering from her grandmother. She learned of a murder on her grandfather’s side of the family and began researching it, which led to information about a relative who was a patient at the Fergus Falls State Hospital. This story is the focus of one of Christine’s historical fiction book projects. Another is about women teachers from Red Lake Falls who moved to Itasca County, MN to homestead in the wilds of the northern woods. Christine lives on a small farm with her husband and several animals. She has been a member of Writers Village University (online program) since Jan 2014, and is working towards a Masters of Fine Arts certificate.

Rene Meyer-GrimbergRene Meyer-Grimberg  |  Creative Placemaking, November/December 2016

After studying art history, languages and theater, and working a variety of jobs in the US and abroad, Rene Meyer-Grimberg now creates participatory immersive/interactive performance (PIP) pieces. She has been creating PIP art popup pieces since early 2016 and other interactive installations since 2008. These installations in unusual spaces involve the participants in an interactive, participatory experience which allows them to choose if they participate, watch or facilitate the performance. PIP art popups have taken place in a mansion, squash courts, and a converted factory. Her keen interest in history and personal stories comes inform her desire to collect stories from the community which can be included in the final PIP art experience. #pipartpopup.

Jes ReyesJes Reyes  |  Career Development, February 2017

Jes Reyes is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator living and working in the Twin Cities. Her photography and video art has exhibited with Artists in Storefronts, Altered Esthetics, Made Here, and the Walker Art Center. Diarist, lyrical, and somatic in form, her artwork primarily explores the fragmentation of the past and how memories and experiences take shape within our present realities. Often her photography forms a narrative through series-based projects; her moving image work merges the visual form of cinema with literary forms like poetry and memoir. Jes holds a Master’s of Liberal Studies (focusing in creative writing, feminist theory, and film studies) from the University of Minnesota, with a minor in Museum Studies (focusing in curatorial studies).  Jes is the founder of Altered Esthetics’ moving image festival and coordinates programming for Spectrum ArtWorks, a multifaceted art studio for artists living with mental illness.  You can learn more about her at

Rebecca YatesRebecca Yates  |  Career Development, September 2016

Rebecca Yates is a writer and erasure poetry artist living in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The Found Poetry Review, Damselfly Press, and Really System, among others, and has been exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minneapolis Art Lending Library. She is the founder of Minneapolis Erasures and leads erasure poetry workshops in the Twin Cities. See her recent work at

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