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Current and incoming artists

The following artists have been selected to participate in the Hinge Arts Residency in Fergus Falls, or virtually, between September 2020 and August 2021.  These artists will either focus on career development, homecoming, or the Hannah Kempfer residency 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 4pm- 5pm on the first Tuesday of each residency (unless otherwise noted) via Zoom. Register at www.springboardforthearts.org/events.

JODI REEB | Virtual Career Development, September 2020
Meet & greet Jodi on (UPDATED) Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Jodi Reeb (she/her) has had a lifelong fascination with nature and science; especially with the patterns that emerge in the organic world. She also takes photographs of pollinator friendly plants printed on tissue as collage in my paintings. Exploring the subject of abstract landscape is a practice of discovery, a way of connecting inner and outer worlds. Her artwork has been shown nationally receiving numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections. She was the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2018, and received a BFA degree from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MCAD, where she instructed printmaking for over 9 years. Jodi is a CORE instructor for R&F Handmade Paints teaching monthly workshops in her studio as well as nationally. She creates her mixed-media paintings and sculptures in her studio at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art where she has been a co-op member for 15 years.

ABBY THOMPSON | Virtual Career Development, November 2020
Meet & greet Abby on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Abby Thompson (they/them/theirs) is a video and multimedia artist from the Twin Cities. Their work is rooted in feminist practice and the de/re-construction of the moving image and beyond, currently focusing on virtual reality, 360 degree video, and immersive sound design. Abby’s multimedia creations use existing media or multiple pieces of dissimilar media, in an effort to create a collision of ideas, comparing, contrasting, and re-imagining presumed truths of the human experience. Ultimately, aiming to resemble a collage in motion. Abby graduated from Hamline University in 2019 and received a Bachelor of Arts studying Digital Media Ethics and Cinema. Their work currently revolves around topics of identity, fear, and catharsis.


YAN PANG | Hannah Kempfer Residency, January 2021
Meet & greet Yan on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Yan Pang (she/her) is a composer, performer, and scholar. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at St Olaf College. She received her Ph.D. in Music with a minor in Theater Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on inter-cultural music composition and performance. As part of this interest, she has been commissioned to compose and invited to perform in music festivals throughout the world. She considers both her music composition as a means to build multicultural understanding and tolerance. A selection of her varied publications includes the album Glory Times (as songwriter and music director) by the China Scientific & Cultural Audio Video Publishing Company, and the score “Solis Ortus” (winner of the SunRiver International Composition Competition) by China People’s Cultural Publishing Company. To learn more, please visit www.yanpangcreate.com.

HASSAAN MIRZA | Virtual Career Development, March 2021
Meet & greet Hassaan on (UPDATED) Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Hassaan Mirza (he/him) is a second-year MFA candidate in fiction at Vanderbilt University. Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, Hassaan writes short stories and essays that are often invested in negotiating complex and contradictory identities in an ever changing global world fraught with violence. He serves as the editor of the creative nonfiction sections of the Nashville Review. His fiction, poems, and nonfiction have been published in The Aleph Review, The Missing Slate, and Chapter 16. He has received fellowships and grants to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Norton Island Residency. He is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novella.

PETE DRIESSEN |  Virtual Career Development, April 2021
Meet & greet Pete on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pete Driessen (he/him) is a Minneapolis based multipractice visual artist, sculptor and cultural producer who creates conceptual initiatives, found object installations, interdisciplinary sculpture projects, and participatory public art that explore the visceral connections of social, spatial and material dynamics. Driessen received his MFA in Visual Studies from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT, and his BA in Studio Arts from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Pete’s exhibition record includes national and regional exhibitions at a wide range of venues including Minnesota Museum of American Art, Duluth Art Institute, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, and the Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, IL. Driessen has been awarded several regional grants and awards, and his artwork and writing have been featured in the Gist of Ist/A (non)Fictional Gallery Review by An Paenhausen, Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin; and Trestle Support Systems/Entrepreneur of the Multitude by curator/critic Sheila Dickinson. He directs and curates a hybridic, experimental garage-based gallery known as TuckUnder Projects that specializes in emerging and midcareer artists focusing on conceptual visual arts practice, curatorial projects, and institutional critique.

TORI HONG | Virtual Career Development, April 2021
Meet & greet Tori on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tori Hong (she/her) is an independent illustrator and public artist queering knowledge and culture. Hong uses bold lines and vibrant colors to interweave stories from her queer, Hmong, and Korean ancestors as well as stories from the land she now calls home: Minneapolis, Minisota Makoce. Hong has worked with arts and cultural institutions, community organizations, as well as her own independent initiatives in the struggle for justice, liberation, and radical love. Some of her clients include the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Twin Cities Pride Magazine, and Release MN 8. In 2020, Hong was awarded the Emerging Artist Research & Development grant from Forecast Public Art.

WADE UNDERWOOD | Homecoming, May 2021
Meet & greet Wade on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Wade Underwood (he/him) is a song-writer and producer creating imaginative pop music with a punk-rock sensibility. After formative years playing in garage bands around Fergus Falls, MN, Wade now regularly performs and records with both Smellkin Ernesto and Daniel & The Real Feels in the Twin Cities. Wade brings both a drummer’s vantage point and plenty of beginners pluck to his own musical project, resulting in a world of layered synths, funky guitar, and cascading hooks. By day, Wade produces explainer videos for non profits and mission driven businesses with Next Day Animations. He lives in Minneapolis on Dakota and Anishinaabe land.


LINDSEY SCHERLOUM | Career Development, May 2021
Meet & greet Lindsey on (UPDATED) Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Lindsey Peck Scherloum (she/her) is a North Braddock, PA based artist who works in sculpture, photography, installation, and performance to create collaborative and participatory experiences that provoke narratives around ordinary objects, and environments as a means to connect her audiences across identity. She is especially interested in creating spaces for stories which are not yet part of mainstream discourse. To this end, she has worked with youth in Nyanza, Kenya, at the Braddock Youth Project, with people incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail and PA State Correctional Institute, and she was recently resident artist at United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh, through Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art artist in the public realm residencies, where she working collaboratively with refugees from Somalia to solve community problems through creative strategies. Her work has been shown in spaces across the US including the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, Mine Factory and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, and has been published in journals such as Hot Metal Bridge and Fiber Art Now.

RANAE HANSON | Homecoming, May 2021
Meet & greet Ranae on Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Ranae Lenor Hanson (she/her) has been an educator and a committed climate activist for forty-five years. Born into a community of storytellers in the northeastern watersheds of Minnesota, her writing and teaching are in support of ecological justice and sustainability. She collaborates frequently with Minnesota 350.org and other organizations to develop effective responses to the trauma of our changing climate. In the 1980s Hanson developed and administered several residential mental health treatment centers. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota and recently retired from teaching after thirty-one years at College. She tends to watersheds in St. Paul, where she lives, and in the northeast of the state.

LAURA KORYNTA | Hannah Kempfer Residency, July 2021
Meet & greet Laura on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Laura Korynta (she/her) is a multimedia artist who bumbled all around the state of Minnesota with her four siblings before landing in the silver city of St Paul, MN. She explores the narratives and folktales of women through the use of traditional and unconventional watercolor, paper sculptures, dioramas, and puppetry. Working at a smaller scale she invites viewers to have an intimate experience and be an active part of the lore making for the piece. Laura is inspired by the landscapes of Minnesota and her wanderings around the world. She has been a part of the Barebones Halloween Extravaganza since 2015 and a mentee for the 2019 Fringe Festival’s “Beyond the Box” mentorship program for emerging artists.

MARLYS MANDAVILLE | Career Development, August 2021
Meet & greet Marlys on UPDATE: TBD

Marlys Mandaville (they/them) uses comedic instructional videos, interactive velcro paintings, and performance, to play and experiment in the studio, inviting their audience in to play too. From experience teaching preschool, Mandaville knows that ownership over learning is fundamental, and through facilitating audience engagement, they provide their audience ownership over their experience of understanding their work. A non-binary identifying person, Mandaville pulls and weaves paintings through other paintings, exploring gender identity. Mandaville is currently an MFA candidate at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2019 to pursue this degree, they lived in the Twin Cities. They graduated with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Macalester College, where they received a Senior Merit Award in Art, and the Ann Bolger Vision Award for their work with Fossil Free Macalester. Their interest in climate justice and environmental advocacy continues to show up in their artwork today.

LEILA AWADALLAH | Career Development, September 2021
Meet & greet Leila on UPDATE: TBD

Leila Awadallah; LeilAwa لیلع َ (she/her) is a Palestinian American artist; a choreographer, teacher and cultural activist, born and based on occupied Dakota land. She works with embodied research and storytelling through dance performances composed within a human rights and social justice focus. Her artistic practice begins with ‘body watani’ - centering the body as a sacred living archive of genetic / cellular memories of histories, lands, and roots - a pathway towards healing and connectivity. Her research explores embodied Palestinian memories, Arab American experiences, US + Middle East Foreign Policy, settler colonial occupation of indigenous lands, and contemporary investigations of traditional Arabic dance. LeilAwa's artistry activates primarily in the Twin Cities and Beirut | Sour, Lebanon. She performed with Ananya Dance Theatre for 5 seasons, is a co-creator of Kelvin Wailey, and has presented work in platforms including Rhythmically Speaking, Threads: Tapestries, Goodnight at the Southern, Dear Gaza, MN Presents, and the Tiro Association (Sour). Her work in film received a SAGE Award, and she developed the DDBR Residency bringing international artists to Palestine. Salaam.

SUSAN SMITH-GRIER | Career Development, September 2021
Meet & greet Susan on UPDATE: TBD

Sue Smith-Grier (she/her) is a writer, copywriter, and award-winning poet. She has contributed to several magazines and websites over the years including three regional magazines, Lake Country Journal, Her Voice, and Lakes Area Living. Her work also appears in Blues Vision, an anthology of African American Minnesotan writers of note, and Photowrite 2018, a compilation of photographs, poetry, and prose by Brainerd Lakes Area photographers, poets and writers. In addition to her writing skills, she is also known for her work as a storyteller and songwriter. She delights in the power of words and story and believes peace on earth is possible if we really listen to each other's stories. Susan has two adult children of whom she is very proud and an exceptionally wonderful grandson about whom she cannot say enough good things.

NOELLE AWADALLAH | Career Development, December 2021
Meet & greet Noelle on UPDATE: TBD

Noelle Awadallah نوال (she/her) is a Palestinian American maker, improviser, and teacher who resides in Mni Sota. Throughout her journey she has worked with Dakot-ta Camacho, Emma Draves, Jack Gray, leilawa, Zinforma, and joined Ananya Dance Theatre in 2019. Her work circles themes of transcendence of time, ancestor imaginings, listening, metaphor, falling into stereotypes, and storytelling. Improvisational practices guide her movement generating as an honest way to dig and share stories re-remembered from her body. Constantly curious, but currently investigating future-ness through acknowledgement of past. She has presented work in various spaces including Columbia College Chicago, National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference, Performathon Pique Art Space, Dear Gaza Block Party, and was a recipient of the Diyar Theatre مسرح دیار residency in Bethlehem, Palestine 2019. She recently began working in experimental short films as another form of storytelling. Her first film our home is asleep but there is a rumble was presented at the 13th Annual Mizna Twin Cities Arab Film Fest (2018). Her most recent film, an intimate exile was presented at the Addis Video Art Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2019). She holds a BFA from Columbia College Chicago (2018).

ERIKA KARI MCCARTHY | Career Development, January 2022
Meet & greet Erika on UPDATE: TBD

Erika Kari McCarthy (she/her) is an observer, obsessor, and creator of bodies. She received her BFA in Studio Fine Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018 and now works as the Assistant Manager of the Byrdcliffe Artist Residency in Woodstock, NY. Her work is driven by material exploration, scientific inquiry, and the repetition of rituals and compulsions. Her sculptures and photographs have been published in print media such as The Toho Journal, The Hand and Signatures Magazine, & featured as the artwork for the TAK Ensemble’s latest album (2019). Her work has been exhibited nationally in venues such as The Cameron Museum of Art and Crosstown Arts Center. She served as a curator for Utopian Visions, on view at the Kleinart James Center for the Arts (2020). She has attended numerous artist residencies including Main Street Arts and the Millay Colony. While retaining ties to her origins in upstate New York, Erika currently lives and works as a nomad in no specific geographic location.


Alo Osberg, multidisciplinary , Minneapolis, MN, Homecoming
Jaron Childs, visual, Tomahawk, WI, Career Development
Nik Nerburn, visual, Duluth, MN, Career Development
Molly Kay Stolz, performance, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development


Austin Turley, visual, Portland, OR, Career Development
Nahshon Anderson, literary, New York, NY, Career Development
Elyse-Krista Mische, visual, Appleton, WI, Homecoming
Rosalie Smith, visual, New Orleans, LA, Career Development
Sterling Melcher, performance, Philadelphia, PA, Career Development
Meg Kirchhoff, performance, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Tina Gross, literary, St. Cloud, MN, Career Development
Glenda Reed, literary, Minneapolis, MN, Alumni
Eben Kowler, performance, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Brandi Homan, literary, Aurora, CO, Career Development
Amanda Lewis, performance, Fergus Falls, MN, Homecoming
Robert Uehlin, dance/film, Portland, OR, Alumni
Abby Schnure, visual, Cincinnati, OH, Career Development
Andrew Turpening, music/performance, St. Paul, MN, Career Development
Ryan Evans, music/sound art, St. Paul, MN, Career Development
Falcon Gott, film, Moorhead, MN, Career Development
Laura Korynta, visual, St. Paul, MN Career Development


Wesley Fawcett Creigh, mixed media/visual, Tucson, AZ, Homecoming
Marya Hart, composer/musician, Minneapolis, MN, Homecoming
Michael Vangel, writer/musician, Roseville, MN, Career Development
Jared Coffin, composer/musician, Hudson, WI, Career Development
Martha Bird, multidisciplinary/maker, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Erin Kate Ryan, writer, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Dillon Samuelson, visual, Lititz, PA, Career Development
Annalise Bue, visual, Rosemount, MN, Career Development
Allison Roberts, visual, Shawnee, KS, Career Development
Benjamin Domask, performance/visual, Saint Paul, MN, Career Development
James Colby, composer/musician, Tucson, AZ, Career Development
Brian Laidlaw, composer/musician, Boulder, CO, Career Development
Dana Sikkila, visual, Mankato, MN, Alumni
Desdamona, spoken word/performance, St. Paul, MN, Career Development
Laura Latimer, visual, Austin, TX, Career Development
Allison Ellingson, visual, Chicago, IL, Career Development
Katelyn Haugdahl, visual/film making, Los Angeles, CA, Homecoming
Melissa Wray, community storytelling, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Joe Davis, spoken word, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Karima Walker, composer/visual, Tucson, AZ, Career Development
Mai'a Williams, literary, Winona, MN, Career Development
Kevin Thomas, literary/visual, Gig Harbor, WA, Career Development
Sabrina Hornung, visual, Fargo, ND, Career Development
Megan Flød Johnson, visual, St. Paul, MN, Career Development
Seth Dahlseid, visual, Minneapolis, MN, Homecoming
Torey Erin, visual, Minneapolis, MN, Homecoming
Asako Hirabayashi, composer/musician, St. Paul, MN, Alumni
Erika Andersen, musician, Boca Raton, FL, Homecoming
Ashley Strazzinski, visual, North Adams, MA, Career Development
Felix Ayodele, musician/songwriter, Denver, CO, Career Development
Laura Youngbird, visual, Breckenridge, MN, Career Development


Ellie Kingsbury, multimedia, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Charles Matson Lume, visual, Saint Paul, MN, Career Development
Jes Reys, film, Saint Paul, MN, Career Development
Christine Marcotte, literature, Deer River, MN, Career Development
Stephen Krishnan, guitar, Austin, TX, Career Development
Siloh Radovsky, interdisciplinary, Olympia, WA, Career Development
Dakota Sexton, multidisciplinary, Eagan, MN, Creative Placemaking
Bethany Lacktorin, multidisciplinary, Brooten, MN, Creative Placemaking
Mary Provenza, visual, New York, NY, Creative Placemaking
Katina Bitsicas, visual, Columbia, MO, Career Development
Liz Miller, visual/installation, Good Thunder, MN, Career Development
David Hamlow, visual/installation, Good Thunder, MN, Career Development
Joshua Weinberg, composer/musician, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Holly Streekstra, visual, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Tessa Torgeson, writer, Fargo, ND, Career Development
Sharon Mansur, visual/performance, Winona, MN, Career Development
Glenda Reed, writer, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
M.E. Fuller, literature, Brainerd, MN, Career Development
Courtney A. Johnson, multimedia, Nashville, TN, Creative Placemaking
Grace Clark, visual, Lake Park, MN, Career Development
Su Hwang, poetry, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development


Jane Claire Remick, multimedia, Washington, D.C., Career Development
Mary Rothlisberger, multimedia, Palouse, WA, Creative Placemaking
Bess Boever, composition, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Ashley Hanson, music, Saint Paul, MN, Career Development
Lindsy Halleckson, visual, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Susan Lenz, visual, Columbia, SC, Career Development
Josh Preston, literature, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Nik Nerburn, film, Atlanta, GA, Creative Placemaking
Eric Larson, theater, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
David Hamlow, visual, Good Thunder, MN, Career Development
Gina Hunt, visual, Good Thunder, MN, Creative Placemaking
Rebecca Yates, poetry, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Stephan Clark, literature, Minneapolis, MN, Career Development
Rene Meyer-Grimberg, multimedia, Saint Paul, MN, Creative Placemaking
Christine Marcotte, literature, Deer River, MN, Career Development
Katherine Bergstrom, dance, New York, NY, Career Development
Asako Hirabayashi, composition, Falcon Heights, MN, Career Development


Don Clark, photography, Moorhead, MN, Creative Placemaking
Nancy Cook, literature, Saint Paul, MN, Creative Placemaking
Kristina Estell, visual, Duluth, MN, Creative Placemaking
Chandra Glaeseman, multimedia, Portland, OR, Creative Placemaking
Haley Honeman, theater, Mesa, AZ, Creative Placemaking
Courtney A. Johnson, multimedia, Nashville, TN, Creative Placemaking
Skye Livingston, multimedia, Kansas City, MO, Creative Placemaking
Ana Miller, vocal, Morris, MN, Creative Placemaking
Scott Miller, composition, St. Cloud, MN, Creative Placemaking
Timothy Moore, literature, Chicago, IL, Career Development
Shannon Murray, music, Bemidji, MN, Creative Placemaking
Nik Nerburn, film, Atlanta, GA, Creative Placemaking
Caitlin Scarano, poetry, Milwaukee, WI, Creative Placemaking
Dana Sikkila, visual, North Mankato, MN, Creative Placemaking
Ethan Smith, photography, Fargo, ND, Creative Placemaking
Kevin Springer, sound, Minneapolis, MN, Creative Placemaking
Maria Stabio, visual, Brooklyn, NY, Career Development
Timothy C. Takach, composition, Minneapolis, MN, Creative Placemaking
Robert Uelkin, dance/film, Troutdale, OR, Creative Placemaking
Rosie Yerke, dance, Troutdale, OR, Creative Placemaking