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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. The name is a deliberate response to the word “unhinged” as it relates to mental illness.

Interested in hosting an artist talk, workshop or program at your organization? Questions about the Hinge Residency program? Please contact Naomi Schliesman:


Current artists

The following 15 artists have been selected to participate in the Hinge Arts Residency in Fergus Falls between December 2017 and June 2018.  These artists will either focus on career development or homecoming 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.

Springboard Staff

Rural Program Director

Artist Development Director

"This was my first residency and it was a fantastic experience. I could’ve never created this piece at my home studio or even in my artist collective studio—not enough space...The benefit of the residency is the focused quality time. There was nothing BUT to do but continue to try over and over again to master the technique. I am so pleased with it. I love it."
-Hinge Career Development Resident Artist

MAGGIE E. FULLER |  Career Development, December 2017

Maggie E. Fuller retired in 2015 from a professional career of nearly 40 years in art direction, graphic design, copywriting, and illustration. She received an artist’s project grant in 2015 from The Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation for work on her first novel, “Saving the Ghost.” She received a second project grant in 2017 to continue her work as a novelist.

To date she has published flash fiction stories: “Crazy Dog,” Winter 2016, Shark Reef, A Literary Magazine, and “Abel March,” in Talking Stick 26, A Minnesota Literary Journal, September 2017. In 2016 she began a year-long blog series, “Greyhairs Rising – Retiree as Emerging Artist,” to illustrate for other retirees how to reinvigorate an artist’s career after age sixty. Fuller was accepted as one of ten fiction writers to Cirenaica, a 4-day workshop residency with Nickolas Butler in June of 2017. Also a visual artist, Fuller has exhibited in group and juried art exhibitions regionally MN. She is an active member of Brainerd Writers Alliance and serves on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library board.

COURTNEY ADAIR JOHNSON |  Career Development, December 2017

Courtney Adair Johnson is an artist and curator based in Nashville, TN.  Her art practice works to create sustainable community through reuse awareness.  She is interested in creating new ideas with art to generate awareness of our waste and consumption habits. Courtney has led reuse projects with Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee Craft and Springboard for the Arts (Fergus Falls). She is presently Gallery Director of Tennessee State University Art Department and Co-Builder of McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency (M-SPAR).

GRACE CLARK |  Career Development, December 2017

Grace Clark is an artist whose work explores conditions of the human experience, concepts of compartmentalization, how the built and natural worlds collide, idealization of objects, and emphasizes the endearing humor and irony within these spaces. She received her BFA with an emphasis in photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Grace has participated in an investigative life/art project focused on living and working throughout the country from within her hand-built teardrop camper, is scheduled for an A-Z West residency, and has worked with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts and artists such as James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, and Gregory Crewdson, while exhibiting her work nationally. More info can be found at

WESELY FAWCETT CREIGH |  Homecoming, January 2018

Wesley Fawcett Creigh lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. In 2008 she completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Prescott College in the self-designed major of Public Art with an Emphasis on Social Impact. Her work aims to bring the arts into community spaces, foster a sense of creative place making, and bring overlooked issues into the forefront of a broader community dialogue.

Most recently, she has employed animation and multi-media installation for her artwork and received grant funding from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona and the Puffin Foundation for an animation and installation project that examines the complexity of violence on the US/Mexico border. This project, entitled “Of Rocks and Bullets: An Animated Discourse” has been included in exhibitions at Exploded View MicroCinema, Museo de Arte Nogales, and at the Tucson MOCA’s 2017 group exhibition Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives.

In her professional life, she frequently works in theater throughout the Southwest as a set designer and scenic painter. She is currently collaborating with several Tucson theater companies, including the award-winning Borderlands Theater Company. She has spent every summer of her life in Ottertail County where her family dates back to 1895. She is honored and thrilled to have been named a Springboard for the Arts Hinge artist-in-residence.

MARYA HART | Homecoming, January/May 2018

Marya Hart was born in 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1961 her family moved to Morris, where at age five she began studying piano. In her twenties, she was mentored in traditional music forms by Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson with whom she performed for many years. She has worked with many artists in a wide variety of styles, including blues, swing, country western and Northern European folk styles, and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and the Winnipeg Folk Festival mainstage. As an outgrowth of teaching at Children’s Theatre Company, she began composing for young singer/actors, which led to theatrical work with production credits at History Theatre, Frank Theatre, Bedlam Theatre among others, and ten years of “Fidgety Fairy Tales” with collaborator Matt Jenson. Her work also includes art songs, choral pieces and dance music. She maintains an active career as an accompanist, music director and teaching artist.


MIKE VANGEL |  Career Development, January 2018

Mike Vangel is mostly a writer, but also a musician and a wannabe chef. His essays and nonfiction have appeared in publications including SF Weekly, Men’s Fitness, and Stanford Magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Born and raised in St. Louis, he’s spent most of his life in the Midwest. Currently based in St. Paul, he writes for Macalester College, reads for Coffee House Press, and drags his partner and friends to the many literary events around the Twin Cities. He’s at work on his first book-length piece of fiction, a collection of intertwined stories that explores mental illness, life in the lower Midwest, and classic rock. He finds third person biographies somewhat distressing.


JARED COFFIN |  Career Development, February 2018

Jared Steven Coffin is a composer of concert music whose work is fixated on community and the people who perform and patron music. He explores links between culture, history, and music that are woven into the human experience – creating compositions that are constantly changing, evolving and reforming to shape new idioms across genre divisions. Jared’s music has been played by community ensembles, university players, students, professional performers, and dedicated amateurs. In addition to composing, he teaches private instrument lessons and classroom composition workshops in the St. Paul, MN and Hudson, WI communities. Jared holds a MA in music education from Boston University and a BA in music from North Central University. He has studied with Edie Hill and Kevin Mills, in addition to, private studies with Marilyn Shrude, Ken Ueno, Zae Munn, and Joshua Marquez.

MARTHA BIRD |  Career Development, March 2018

Martha Bird is a self-taught Minneapolis-based multidisciplinary artist who specializes in traditional and sculptural basketry. Martha’s background of a master’s degree in holistic nursing weaves together her basketry as representation of healing in body, mind and soul to invite wholeness in both the work and in herself. Martha explores basketweaving as a blend of the traditional forms of the medium with avant-garde practices, an experiment with materials, method and technique. Her work pushes the strictly utilitarian into contemporary art forms.

Themes that can be seen in her work include: the individual is stronger in community, connections, art as a healing and creative force and the beauty of nature. Martha’s current work is inspired by her month long trip to Ireland in June 2017 where she studied with four master willow basketmakers and a fiber artist. Martha has exhibited with the National Basketry Organization, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Textile Center and Avivo ArtWorks. She is committed to community and has been involved in the arts as a student, volunteer, curator, arts organizer, teaching artist and arts advocate.

ERIN KATE RYAN |  Career Development, March 2018

Erin Kate Ryan is the 2017 James Jones First Novel Fellow, a 2017 McKnight Artist Fellow, a Minnesota Emerging Writer grantee, and a Minnesota State Arts Board grantee. She holds degrees from Bennington Writing Seminars and Boston University School of Law. Her work has been published in dozens of real and imaginary literary journals, including Glimmer Train, The Normal School, Conjunctions, Booth, and Copper Nickel. Erin Kate's work has been supported by awards from the Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee Writers' Conference, BreadLoaf Writers' Conference, Millay Colony, and Dickinson House of Belgium, among other organizations. Her toothbrush was once exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Social change activism is at the center of her artistic life, and she chooses to believe in art as a force for decolonizing the mind and dismantling oppressions. Black lives matter.

DILLON SAMUELSON |  Career Development, March 2018

Dillon Samuelson is a painter and illustrator from York, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Fine Art program at York College of Pennsylvania in 2014, and the following year was awarded the third annual Appell Arts Fellowship at Marketview Arts. His work has been shown in exhibitions across the US and his award-winning illustrations have appeared in books and comics, accompanying the writing of authors such as Ted Kelsey and Erik Arneson. Dillon’s paintings and drawings use portraiture and images of the human body to express emotional content. His work explores themes of identity, isolation, discomfort, and how shared experiences connect and separate us.

ANNALISE BUE |  Career Development, April 2018

Annalise Bue is an interdisciplinary artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota whose works speak sincerely about the psychological complexities that occur through self reflection. Through a combination of traditional and digitally made surrealist imagery, she touches on the other worldly and neurotic nature of trying to analyze one’s own perception of self.

She continues to explore a variety of mediums, typically determined by what's available at any given moment, to create slightly unnatural self-portraiture as a means to document her shifting sense of identity. Her drawings illustrate this intrinsic search for self-awareness while existing in a world full of complex relationships, past traumas and compulsions.

Bue additionally works directly with patients and members of the community in the mental health field. She currently is combining facets from all of the aforementioned areas of her career path through an online publication that is due to be released this forthcoming spring (2018). This online publication will serve as a space for the connections between mental health and contemporary art by virtue of featuring artists whose works contribute to this larger (human) conversation. This is the project she will be focusing on during her residency at Hinge Kirkbride.

ALLISON ROBERTS |  Career Development, April 2018

Allison Roberts is a lens-based artist working primarily with photography, video and installation to create work that addresses memory, place, and identity as experienced during periods of transition. Her site responsive projected works contrast the real with the idealized as a means of exploring expectations.

Roberts’ awards include a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2014, Fiber Artist Project Grants through the Textile Center of Minnesota in 2009 and 2014, and Regional arts council grants (Prairie Lakes RAC) in 2008, 2010, and 2013. Highlights of her juried exhibitions include Art Through the Lens, Yeiser Art Center, KY (2017), Off the Wall video art screening series, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI (2017), Untitled 12, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN (2016), and Materialities- Contemporary Textile Arts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN (2015). Her work has been exhibited in solo, two-person, and group shows nationally and internationally in addition to extensive regional exhibitions in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ms. Roberts recently completed her MFA at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Roberts also holds a BA in Fine Arts and Journalism from Indiana University- Bloomington and a MA in visual art from Minnesota State University-Mankato. She is currently affiliated with the UW- Madison as a Lecturer in the Art Department.

BENJAMIN DOMASK |  Career Development, May 2018

Benjamin Domask is a Psychology major turned Clown, Juggler, Mime, and Musician living as a performer, director and teacher. He determinedly works along side Thom Wall in a collaborative circus duo named 'The 'Dinner and a Show' Show.' He also creates staged mischief with Joshua Palmer in their two-man act 'Juggler and Mime.' All while creating newly devised theatrical experiments with Vlad Messing through 'Curiousita,' in the Twin Cities. He is proud to be a Teaching Artist with COMPAS, visiting schools all throughout Minnesota. He ardently traverses the world over in search of examples of and opportunities to exemplify love.

JAMES COLBY |  Career Development, May 2018

James Colby has been playing and composing music in wide variety of contexts and locations for many years, including time spent studying saxophone at a conservatory in his home state of New York. Upon moving to Tucson four years ago, James met the members of cumbia band Vox Urbana, which he joined as a keyboard player and saxophonist, helping write and record both of the band’s records, “La Churumbela” and “La Pitaya.”

In 2014, James and Enrique Castellanos of Vox Urbana were awarded a Puffin Foundation Grant by the Puffin Foundation, and a P.L.A.C.E. V grant by the Tucson Pima Arts Council for their project, “Cumbia Corridos.” The project entailed James and Enrique interviewing people within the city of Tucson whose stories are marginalized and not directly shared with the public, then transforming these stories into lyrics set to original music.

In 2015, James Colby was awarded a New Works grant by the Tucson Pima Arts Council for a project entitled “Sonaural: Cuts on Tucson,” and in 2017, James was awarded an Artist Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission of the Arts for “Saxorcism,” a musical composition/interactive sound installation created entirely from sounds culled from recordings of saxophones. Development is ongoing, with a projected debut date in Spring 2018.

BRIAN LAIDLAW |  Career Development, June 2018

Brian Laidlaw is a poet, songwriter and educator originally from Northern California. After several years as a touring folksinger, he earned an MFA in Poetry at the University of Minnesota, and then went on join the Songwriting faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He is now working toward a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, and divides his time between Minnesota and Colorado.

In recent years, Brian’s work has appeared widely in magazines including New American Writing, The Iowa Review, Jubilat, Agni and many others. He also had poems in The Arcadia Project anthology (Ahsahta Press), lyrics in American Songwriter Magazine, and credits as a Songwriting Consultant on multiple Grammy-Award-winning and -nominated albums.

Brian’s recent releases include the vinyl-LP-plus-poetry-chapbook AMORATORIUM (Paper Darts Press), the book/album THE STUNTMAN (Milkweed Editions), and the 7” vinyl single JEREMIAD (Hymie’s Vintage Records), as well as the forthcoming full-length collection THE MIRRORMAKER (Milkweed Editions, 2018). Brian is a co-founder of Unrestricted Interest, a company offering creative writing mentorship for children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum, and continues to tour nationally and internationally with his band The Family Trade.