Artist Residencies

Thanks to the Nebraska Arts Council's Artist in Schools/Community Project Funding, the Lincoln Arts Council has hosted several professional artists to do residencies in Lincoln Public Schools. We would like to thank the Lincoln community, Lincoln Public Schools, and the AmeriCorps program for making these residencies possible. These opportunities make our arts community stronger and help us carry out our mission to inspire a creative community.  For more information on how to be involved with future residency programs please email info@artscene.org.

Learning Through the Arts:
Artists in Residence at Lincoln Public Schools

2012 Artist Residencies

Carrie Strope at Clinton Elementary School:

Carrie StropeIt was a week packed full of fun for the art students at Clinton Elementary School on December 10th through the 14th of 2012. With grant funding from the Artists in Schools and Communities Program through the Nebraska Arts Council, local glass artist Carrie Strope was able to provide a week long residency offering her expertise in glass fusing and mosaics to the Kindergarten through Fifth grade students in Mrs. Resa Ortiz’s art classroom.

Two projects were completed during this week at Clinton Elementary.  During the first project, students learned about the process of glass fusing and then put their knowledge to play by designing a fused glass snowflake which they got to take home after they were fired in the kiln.  The second project was a collaborative quilt inspired glass mosaic piece that will be hung in the school on permanent display.  After learning about the process of creating glass mosaics and discussing color theory, students designed their own 4”x4” glass mosaics.  They then picked out their triangles and squares and puzzled together their mosaics with adhesive onto a glass backing.  The final piece includes 5 plexiglass panels which display all of the student’s mosaic squares.  The final collaborative quilt of mosaics will be hung in the windows in the front hallway of Clinton Elementary School.

Photos from this residency can be found on the Lincoln Arts Council’s Flickr page.

Carrie Strope at Riley Elementary School:

Carrie StropeThe Lincoln Arts Council, with funding from the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools and Communities residency program, hosted local glass artist Carrie Strope to do a twenty hour artist residency program at Riley Elementary in January and February of 2012. Carrie was granted to work with Mrs. Jessica Northup’s five classes of 2nd and 3rd graders at Riley Elementary to create a fused glass installation.  During her residency she introduced the process of glass fusing having the students collaborate to create an abstract fused glass window installation that was designed and handcrafted by each student. The collaborative installation has been put up on permanent display in the hallway at Riley Elementary School.  Follow this link to view a YouTube documentary of the residency.  Photos from this residency can be found on the Lincoln Arts Council’s Flickr page.

Carrie Strope Sohayda was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she attended college and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture before moving to the Napa Valley to work in the wine industry. After a few years she started taking classes at the local college and pursuing an interest in art that had always taken a back seat. While taking classes in oil painting, mixed media, web design and photoshop, she stumbled upon a glass studio where she walked into a beginning fusing class and simply refused to leave!

Since then, she has expanded her resume considerably, and now teaches these beginning classes, as well as children's classes and more advanced classes.

Carrie has moved back to her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska to be nearer to her family and is anxious to share her love of glass with her "new" community.

"I work with glass integrating different techniques, including mosaic, kiln-formed (or fused) glass, glass painting and stained glass.  I enjoy experimenting with and combining various techniques and processes, using them to add new facets to my work.  I am influenced by intricate geometric designs and color exploration, incorporating a love for quilting, textiles and bright colors inherited from my mother, who was an avid quilter. I love the meditation of breaking glass into many pieces, building them together into a new form. I enjoy that kilnformed glass can be a challenge.  There’s always a chance for surprises and accidents. When the kiln lid closes, the glass can shift as it changes from a solid to a liquid and back.  The transformative and independent nature of kiln-formed glass and its lessons of detachment have helped me evolve not only as an artist but also as a person, and makes me want to share glass as a medium with as many people as possible."

Madison Simmons at Park Middle School:

The Lincoln Arts Council, with funding from the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools and Communities residency program, hosted local textile artist Madison Simmons to do a twenty hour artist residency program at Park Middle School in February and March of 2012. Madison was granted to work with Mrs. Nissa Sturgeon’s two classes of 7th grade art students to create a textiles installation.  During her residency she introduced students to textile art techniques used to embellish, alter, and transform silk fabric into art. The students transferred imagery onto silk fabric, dyed the fabric and embroidered onto the fabric. The collaborative textiles installation has been installed for permanent display in the hallway at Park Middle School.  Follow this link to view a YouTube documentary of the residency.  Photos from this residency can be found on the Lincoln Arts Council’s Flickr page.

Madison studied Textiles, Clothing and Design at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and currently is a Graphic Designer at a locally owned framing and art gallery called Art & Soul.  She plans to continue her career in the arts by going on to pursue her Masters Degree in Fine Art this Fall.  She is a roster artist for the Nebraska Arts Council Artist Residency program.  Through these residencies she leads participants through experimentation with different types of materials and various textile art techniques teaching students about the versatile nature of this art form. The artwork created during a residency with Madison provides students with unique, wearable and non-wearable art. The textile medium allows for art creations that can be worn on the body, draped over furniture, displayed in the home or shown in a gallery.

2011 Artist Residencies

Katie Frisch at Riley Elementary School:

Katie Frisch

The Lincoln Arts Council, with funding from the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools and Communities residency program, hosted local fiber artist Katie Frisch to do a twenty hour artist residency program at Riley Elementary in April 2011. Katie was granted to work with Mrs. Jessica Northup’s five classes of 3rd and 4th graders at Riley Elementary to create a nuno felted forest.  Each class met with Katie during their regular art class three times over the course of three weeks.  The five "trees" that make up the forest are made of silk panels which are felted with Alpaca wool.  All five classes got to design and felt their own tree conceptualizing on ideas about spring, growth, and nature.  This installation will be permanently housed in the media center at Riley Elementary School.

Born and raised in Lincoln, Katie Frisch is a fiber artist and bookmaker.  Katie holds a Bachelors Degree in Women’s Studies and Religious studies and a Master of Arts in Textiles, Clothing & Design.  She is the owner of the online store Feeding the Lake, a website she started in June 2010, where she sells her handmade books.  She is currently an Artist in Residence at the LUX Center for the Arts and is listed on the Nebraska Arts Council’s roster of teaching artists.

Katie’s interests lie in teaching the community about using collaborative techniques and subject matter to encourage artistic confidence.  Her areas of expertise include fiber art, wet felting, nuno felting, papermaking, bookmaking, silk screening on fabric or paper, and guided journaling.

Follow this link to view a YouTube documentary of the residency.  Photos from this residency can be found on the Lincoln Arts Council’s Flickr page.

Sarah Brown at Huntington Elementary School:

Sarah BrownSarah Brown, a Lincoln native, is co-owner and co-director of the Conservatory of Contemporary Dance in Lincoln. Sarah is a former professional ballet dancer with Omaha Theater Ballet, has served on the faculty of the UNL Dance Department, and is in her second year in the Nebraska Teaching Artist Initiative program that connects artists from metropolitan areas to student populations in rural school districts. Sarah was in residence at Huntington Elementary School in April and May 2011. She provided 5th grade students an introduction to the art of dance as a method of expression and communication used to impart the ideas and emotions of individuals, groups and world cultures. Sarah lead the students in a vareity of lessons in creative movement that incorporated writing, visual arts and multimedia.


Follow this link to view a YouTube documentary of the residency.  Photos from this residency can be found on the Lincoln Arts Council’s Flickr page.

2010 Artist Residencies

Margaret Berry at Lincoln Public Schools' Arts & Humanities Focus Program:

Margaret BerryFormer LAC Executive Director Margaret Berry has taught many workshops and residencies throughout Nebraska. She exhibits locally at Haydon Art Gallery. Her current passion, the art of encaustic, is a method of painting that uses molten beeswax mixed with pigment instead of paint. Berry employs various techniques and materials, guiding students to design unique encaustics by pouring wax over a variety of objects then using oil paint to add color and further texture. Berry has been invited to display her encaustics internationally. Students at the LPS Arts & Humanities High School created works that were placed on exhibit at the school.

Ann Gradwohl at Norwood Park Elementary School:

Ann Gradwohl at Norwood Park Elementary SchoolAnn Gradwohl is a Lincoln artist whose art installations have been exhibited at Sheldon Art Museum and Lied Center for Performing Arts. She specializes in new media and digital filmmaking, and is involved in many projects and community installations that deal with social and political issues. As the resident artist at Norwood Park Elementary School from February to April, 2010, she taught students a variety of filmmaking techniques. Each grade worked on a special short film, kept secret until the community film festival on May 13, 2010.  

Photos from this residency can be found on the Lincoln Arts Council’s Flickr page.

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