NEW ULM – The Grand Center for Arts and Culture announces an artist residency program for fall 2021 until spring 2022. In 2020, The Grand received a bequest from the estate of George Glotzbach, an arts lover at New Ulm, and an additional donation from Sharon Glotzbach. Le Grand designated these donations to be used as seed money to begin our Artist-in-Residence program at Cellar Press. A call for artists in residence was launched in late spring and a committee of board members and others reviewed all applications, selecting four local and regional printmaking and typography artists to attend. to participate. Each artist will live and work at the Grand for a period of two to three weeks, and each residency will have a community component so that more people can experience these art forms.
The first artist, Rachel James of St. Peter, ended her stay on September 10th. Rachel used the new etching press and focused on experimental printing on materials that usually end up being single-use. Rachel will show her work to the public and perform an etching press demonstration on October 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Rachel will be hosting a mono-print class for registered members of the community. Please register on the Grand’s website.
The second artist, Monica Ihrke, is from Duluth and will be artist-in-residence from November 20 to December 20. 4. Monica is a runner and artist and will focus her residency on creating relief linocuts capturing the views she sees around St. Louis County during her runs.
Artist Bradley Hall will be in residence from January 10 to 28 working on the creation of large format prints and other prints. He’s from Granite Falls and has been on The Meander Art Crawl for over 15 years.
The latest artist, Minneapolis-based Sarah Evenson, will join April 10-30. Sarah is an interdisciplinary queer and transgender writer / zinemaker / bookmaker / writer. During Sarah’s residency, she proposes to create 100 letterpress-themed empowerment and queer community-themed zines and distribute them to willing local locations.
Le Grand encourages the community to participate in courses and workshops which will be led by artists.