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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to Hinge ArtsWe are currently accepting applications for residencies taking place between January and June 2019. Applications are due September 1st at 11:59pm. Artists of all disciplines and career levels are welcome to apply. We have three residency tracks: Career Development, for artists who want to work on their own self-driven projects during their time in Fergus Falls; Homecoming, for artists who spent all or a portion of their youth in the 9-county region of West Central Minnesota but now live elsewhere, who want to engage and collaborate with their home community; and Alumni, for artists who have previously participated in Hinge Arts that would like to build on connections or ideas from a previous residency. Please download our application guidelines for more details.
The following 19 artists have been selected to participate in the Hinge Arts Residency in Fergus Falls between June 2018 and December 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 (unless otherwise noted) at Springboard for the Arts.
"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
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.
DESDAMONA | Career Development, July 2018
Desdamona is an international award winning performer & teaching artist who has traveled the US and abroad delivering her lyrics and spoken word, also spending her time working in over 300 schools, prisons and community centers. She co-founded B-Girl Be in 2005, a celebration of women’s contributions to Hip Hop culture. She’s shared the stage with Hip Hop & Spoken Word legends such as Saul Williams, Ursula Rucker, Wyclef Jean, Guru, KRS One and Grammy winners & Reggae legends, Sly & Robbie. Desdamona recently released a project entitled No Man’s Land, featuring women artists from Minnesota, thanks to an Artist Initiative grant from the MN State Arts Board.
ALLISON ELLINGSON | Career Development, July 2018
Allison Ellingson is an artist working primarily with textiles and the social fabric. She received a B.A. from St. Olaf College (2002), a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary (2007) and an M.F.A. (2015) in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Originally from Chicago, Eliingson is moving to rural Minnesota where she looks forward to making new work in the barn on her family’s land.
MELISSA WRAY | Career Development, August 2018
Community and storytelling are at the heart of Melissa’s creative work. She grew up on a sheep farm near Caledonia, MN, but currently makes her home in Minneapolis, MN. She often feels an internal tension between her rural roots and her present urban life. This tension was the seed idea for her new podcast, MinneStory, which digs deep into Minnesota’s rural and urban communities (minnestory.org). Season three of MinneStory will feature Fergus Falls, which she’ll be recording during her Hinge Artist Residency in August.
From 2011-2017, Melissa co-directed the literary community organization Hazel & Wren along with cofounder Amanda Ninneman. Currently, she spends her days among writers and readers as the Outreach & Partnership Sales Coordinator at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and as a member of the Board of Directors at Coffee House Press. She recently completed her Masters in Arts & Cultural Leadership from the University of Minnesota.
KARIMA WALKER | Career Development, September 2018
Karima Walker is a composer, songwriter, photographer and video artist living and working in Tucson, Arizona. Her live performances invite viewers into immersive hospitable otherness. Interweaving drone, field recordings, tape loops and traditional song structures, she creates large, paced arrangements that provide a horizon for her minimal, ambient songwriting. She regularly collaborates with visual artists, choreographers and musicians across genres, and has recently shown her work in the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Loft Cinema, Artifact Dance Company, Exploded View MicroCinema and the Tucson Noise Symposium. She is a recipient of the YabYum Songbird Award, and was a MOJO Magazine Rising Artist and a songwriting finalist for the Tucson Folk Festival. She actively tours nationally and internationally, and her work has been reviewed and featured in Pitchfork, PBS Arizona Public Media, GoldFlakePaint and the MTV Documentary Transformation.
KEVIN THOMAS | Career Development, September 2018
Kevin Thomas reviews books in a comic strip called Horn! Reviews for theRumpus.net. His first collection, Horn!: The Collected Reviews, is available from OR Books. His work has appeared in NOON, L.A. Review of Books, Barrelhouse, and Occupy Writers. You may find him doing yoga and slowly running in Western Washington.
ASAKO HIRABAYASHI | Alumni, October 2018
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 has won 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, several first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th, 7th and 8th consecutively) and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan and was awarded 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has appeared as a featured guest soloist in international festivals and concert series worldwide since her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School.
ASHLEY STRAZZINSKI | Career Development, November 2018
Ashley Strazzinski (b. 1987) is a visual artist and creative placemaker. After working for three years as the Manager of Public Programs and Education at Aperture Foundation, she relocated from New York City to North Adams, Massachusetts with the desire to be a part of a smaller more accessible community and to follow her own creative pursuits. Strazzinski is the founder of a small, self-publishing imprint, soft-boiled, which produces a bi-weekly zine series that chronicles North Adams City Council meetings, among other topics of interest. In May 2018, she launched a pilot program, Ashland Street Project Space, in which she will occupy a storefront in downtown North Adams for five months. Ashland will serve as soft-boiled HQ as well as an event and lounge space for the community. The larger mission of the space is to learn more about the long-time residents of North Adams and to create positive connections with the newer, incoming residents, and to develop the concept of a community timeshare. Strazzinski’s work as an artist and maker is defined by her desire to understand and investigate systems of information and human behavior. She explores, deconstructs, and critiques various aspects of herself along with societal expectations, and preconceived notions of art and its institutions. Photography is at the core of her work, but she takes a create-by- any-means-possible approach to making that results in artist books, writing, collage, and installation.
LAURA YOUNGBIRD | Career Development, December 2018
Laura Youngbird completed her BFA, MA and BS for Art Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is currently the Director of Native American Art Programs at Plains Art Museum, in Fargo, ND.
Her work has been exhibited locally and regionally. She taught Art at Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, ND as an Artist-in-Resident for the North Dakota Council on the Arts and for Fargo Public Schools. Laura was awarded a Jerome Fellowship in 2003 to work and study with master potter, Richard Bresnahan at St. John’s University, MN and she has been awarded Artist Initiative Grants in 2009 and 2013 from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
FELIX AYODELE | Career Development, November 2018
Felix Ayodele Born 1982 in Evanston, Illinois. Travel back to the early 90's here the 1st generation Nigerian/Illinois native now living in Houston, TX began to show interest in art & music shortly after seeing “The 1998 Technics DMC US Finals," a turntablist competition on VHS. He began meticulously putting together "battle routines" that features unique composition techniques & rare vinyl. The never-ending gift of music or records handed down to him from his parents (who both Immigrated to the U.S. from Nigerian) unknowing furnished him with a wealth of musical education. The records & people that were around him would eventually influence the traditional musician waiting to be unleashed. In 2003 Felix left Houston to live in Denver, CO, a whim suggestion from a Houstonian friend who was studying business at DU. Here the idea of personal & artistic reinvention became an absolute reality. It took a decade for the musician skill set to “take” & season, the call from the rocky mountains to commit to an evolved direction became more urgent as the artistry side of the djing/turntablist world became overshadowed by club culture and consumerism hues. This current chapter finds Felix discovering & focusing on songwriting , the powers of acute engineering & production, all the while etching out a place for the ideas and rhythmic techniques that a turntablist background adds to the equation. Listen & see what the divergent world of an untrodden path brings the listener via Felix Ayodele.
DANA SIKKILA | Alumni, June 2018
Litchfield, MN native Dana Sikkila received her Master of Arts as well as her Non Profit Leadership Certificate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Still based in Mankato, she concentrates on making her art work as well as being the Executive Director of the 410 Project Art Gallery, a volunteer managed art space bringing arts and arts programing to the Mankato community as well as holding an arts adjunct professor position at MNSU, Mankato. Since 2014 Sikkila has served as a board member for the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Minnesota Citizen's for the Arts, as well as a Grant Review Panelist, and Artistic Evaluator for the Minnesota State Arts Board.
In 2015, Sikkila was voted by Minnesota Monthly Magazine as one of Minnesota's Up and Coming Artists under the age of 30. Her art work combines printmaking, sculpture, and performance with an impressively anarchic sense of scale and playfulness. Her work has been viewed all over the state in places such as the Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, Macy's Department Store, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and the University of Minnesota.
Over the past six years of being the Director of the 410 Project, she's introduced numerous art programs and special events for both children and adults to help strike creativity, positive self-esteem, and art awareness in all of Southern Minnesota. Besides these duties, Sikkila has received numerous awards including the 2017 Women's Center and President's Commission on the Status of Women's “ Women's Courage and Vision Award”, Mankato Free Press 2016 “Outstanding Woman in Business”, 2015-2016 Art Educators of Minnesota "Distinguished Service Outside the Field" Recognition, 2015 Mankato's YWCA Young Woman of Distinction, featured artist on PBS's Off 90 2017, and 2016 Post Cards, Pioneer's PBS Art TV Program, and KEYC's Jefferson Good Person Award.
LAURA LATIMER | Career Development, July 2018
Laura Latimer lives and works in Austin, TX. Her studio practice is focused on presenting abstracted and fantastical variants to traditional landscapes through photography, mixed-media, biomorphic sculpture, and large-scale, immersive installations. Laura’s first creative passion was photographing the abandoned and overgrown structures of her rural Texas Panhandle home while earning a communications degree at Texas Tech University. After years working in digital publishing, she returned to school and received a BFA in sculpture from Texas State University in 2005. Having seen first-hand the extent of corporate waste, early works depicted industrialized landscapes – large-scale scenes built from discarded shipping materials.
As one of three artist founders of ars ipsa collective, Laura co-curated a series of pop-up and gallery-hosted exhibitions that culminated with an Austin Critics Table nomination for best “Gallery, Body of Work.” She was a regular contributor and executive board member for locally-produced Cantanker art magazine. Her work has been shown in multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. She has created site-specific installation works at Austin City Hall, Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston, Cloud Tree Gallery in Austin, and as a featured artist at Springdale Station during the 2017 East Austin Studio Tour. Most recently, her work was included in the Dangerous Professors: Houston exhibition curated by CORE Fellow Ruslana Lichtzier at Flatland Gallery.
KATELYN HAUGDAHL | Homecoming, August 2018
Katelyn Haugdahl is a filmmaker with a concentration on producing and directing. Her work focuses on adolescence, ideals, and nostalgia through the female perspective, often with a humorous angle. Community and the identity of oneself within a larger group is a common theme in her projects, and as a reflection of this, approximately half of the short films she’s directed have been filmed in the rural neighborhood she grew up in.
She earned her BFA in filmmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been selected as a finalist for competitions such as the national Women Stand Up and Shoot Competition. Her films have been distributed regionally, as well as through film festivals, such as the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Haugdahl also is the creator of a sketch comedy group titled The Team Presents, whose sketches have been distributed online via MPLS.TV, with selected works displayed at the art collective Meow Wolf in New Mexico.
Her professional career includes credits in feature films; as the producer of 2013’s The Public Domain, a MN-made narrative feature film about the 35W bridge collapse in 2007, and second assistant director for Girl Missing, a suspense/thriller film on Lifetime Movie Network, starring Francesca Eastwood. She also has credits in reality television (The Voice, America’s Got Talent).
Katelyn Haugdahl was born and raised in Henning, MN and now resides in Los Angeles with her fiancé and their two cats.
JOE DAVIS | Career Development, August 2018
Joe Davis is a nationally touring writer, speaker, and performer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the frontman of emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble, The Poetic Diaspora, and the co-founder and Artistic Director of H- Cubed: Harrison, Healing, and Harmony, a monthly event series centered on healing through the arts. As a student and educator, he has served as teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and is currently the Artist-in- Residence at Luther Seminary, pursuing a masters in Theology of the Arts.
MAI'A WILLIAMS | Career Development, September 2018
Mai’a Williams is a writer, editor, visual and performance artist. It was her living and working with Egyptian, Palestinian, Congolese, and Central American indigenous mothers in resistance communities, that inspired her life-giving mothering work and visionary art-making practices. She is the co-editor of the anthology, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and the author of the memoir, This is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century to be published in December 2018.
SABRINA HORNUNG | Career Development, September 2018
Sabrina Hornung was born in Jamestown, North Dakota in June 1984, drifted around the prairie for some time and is currently residing in Fargo, North Dakota. She attended MSUM in pursuit of photography.
Her pieces serve as an ode to the Dakota prairie. Her roots play an integral role to her work. When not wandering the prairie with her camera, she serves as editor-in-chief at the High Plains Reader, a weekly publication based out of Fargo-Moorhead.
Hornung has received multiple awards for her mixed media and cyanotype work from the JFAA annual juried exhibitions from the Arts Center in Jamestown, ND, Pekin Days Art Festival in Pekin, ND, and The Badlands Art Association in Dickinson, ND. She also received a grant award from the NDCA traditional arts and apprenticeship program to pursue wycinanki and scherenschnitte (Polish and German papercutting) under Meridee Erickson Stowman.
She has participated in multiple group exhibitions including a three-woman exhibition entitled, “Prairie Trifecta.” She has participated in The Rourke’s Art Museum’s Midwestern Invitational since 2008 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has also had solo exhibitions at Gallery 13, The Spirit Room Gallery, the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, the Joachim Museum in Dickinson, ND, and her solo show “Trail Dust and Sentiment” was chosen as a travelling exhibition by The North Dakota Art Gallery Association (NDAGA). Her pieces are featured in collections at both the Wurst Bier Hall in Fargo, ND, and the Oskar Hornung Haus and Museum in Stutensee, Germany.
SETH DAHLSEID & TOREY ERIN | Homecoming, October 2018
Seth Dahlseid and Torey Erin are multidisciplinary artists working and living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In collaboration, Erin and Dahlseid create Super 8 films which are poetic gestures about the moment to moment incarnation of our perceptual world, the nature of light and dark. Their films are a visual/conceptual exercise in apprehending the world and the traditional representation of cinema.
Within their installation work, Dahlseid and Erin explore ways in which space can confine or open up viewers’ awareness of one's own perception, the body, and its access. They create sculpture which emulates mechanisms of photography/moving image, using light, apertures, and mirrors to expand and contract space.
Dahlseid and Erin are recent graduates of the University of Minnesota Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Seth Dahlseid’s work has been shown at The Weisman Art Museum, The Cinematic, Audio & Visual Experimentation (CAVE) Film Festival, Duluth Film Festival, and The Katherine E. Nash Gallery. Torey Erin’s work has been shown at Public Functionary, Q2 Gallery, Rosalux Gallery, Duluth Film Festival, and Yeah Maybe Project Space.
During the Hinge Artist Residency, Dahlseid and Erin have proposed to create a Light Study , which is an interactive program designed for visitors to experience the complexity of light as an allegory, light as a still, light as motion, and light as form.
ERIKA ANDERSEN | Homecoming, November 2018
Lauded for her “absorbing conviction” (Well Tempered Ear), South Florida– based bassoonist Erika Andersen is an active freelancer. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she studied with Marc Vallon and Ted Soluri. While at UW-Madison, she also served as an Associate Director for the Wisconsin Union Theater and worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, So Percussion, Red Priest, and Joyce Yang. Currently she is pursuing a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University–Conservatory of Music with bassoonist Eric Van der Veer Varner. She has been a finalist in Lynn University's Concerto Competition for the past two years. During her summers, she attends the Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp and International Double Reed Society Conference. After participating in a summer study in Florence, Italy during the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2012 known for notable new music performances, she has been an avid new music performer and has premiered pieces as a soloist with orchestra, live electronics, dancer, and small chamber ensembles. In addition to her active career as a performer, she does Crossfit in her spare time and participates in Crossfit competitions.
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Grace Clark, visual/photography, Lake Park, 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
Jane Clair Remick, multimedia, Washington, D.C., Career Development
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Ashley Hanson, music, Saint Paul, MN, Career Development
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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
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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
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
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Mary Provenza, visual, New York, NY, Creative Placemaking
Katina Bitsicas, visual, Columbia, MO, Career Development
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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
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