Lanesboro Arts Lanesboro Arts is delighted to announce its 2023 Artists in Residence: Su Hwang, Sophia Munic, and Sequoia Hauck. The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program offers two- or four-week residencies to emerging artists driven to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work.
April 7–May 5, 2023: Su Hwang (she/her) is a poet, activist, stargazer, and the author of Bodega (Milkweed Editions), which received the 2020 Minnesota Book Award in poetry and was named a finalist for the 2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Born in Seoul, Korea, she was raised in New York then called the Bay Area home before transplanting to the Midwest. A recipient of the inaugural Jerome Hill Fellowship in Literature, she is a teaching artist with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and is the cofounder, with poet Sun Yung Shin, of Poetry Asylum. Su currently lives in Minneapolis. Su’s residency invites Lanesboro to consider the ideas of belonging, identity, and invasion through the creation of a poetry portrait living chapbook. She will gather inspiration for the chapbook through interviews and poetry workshops, where community members will be encouraged to create their own literary art. The residency will culminate in a public reading from these works.
July 16–30, 2023: Sophia Munic (they/them) recontextualizes traditional sewing and quilting techniques through soft sculptures that consider the ideas of comfort, memory, and gender through a queer lens. As an emerging artist motivated by fiber arts and social practice, they are investigating how these two fields can facilitate community that uplifts LGBTQIA voices. With their work, they are exploring a visual language to abstract patterns to discuss gender beyond the binary. Based in Minneapolis, they have participated in shows and residencies throughout Minnesota and Washington State. During their two-week residency, Sophia will host food and conversation events open to the LGBTQIA+ community members to discuss their relationship to reclaiming leisure in public spaces, and stains as a site for memory. The conversations will happen on top of a quilt top created by Sophia, where they will invite participants to intentionally stain the quilt top during these discussions. Sophia will then assemble the quilt, stitching around the stains as a way to hold the memory of these conversations. This interactive performance will explore stains as a site for memory and the questions: How does a quilt hold memory? How do stains hold memory? And how to these materials invite queer reclamation of public space?
September 17–October 1, 2023: Sequoia Hauck (they/them) is a Native (Anishinaabe & Hupa) queer multidisciplinary artist based in the Twin Cities on the unceded and ancestral Dakota lands of the Wahpekute peoples. Sequoia’s focus is on creating film, poetry, and performance art that decolonizes the process of art-making. They make art surrounding the narratives of continuation and resiliency among their communities. They are a graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in American Indian Studies. Sequoia has worked on and offstage with a wide variety of organizations. Sequoia’s film “Resiliency is Inherited’’ was in the 2022 North by North International Film Festival along with the dance film they created in collaboration with Taja Will, “LÍNEAS de SANGRE.” During their residency, Sequoia plans to install a 225 foot cloth river installation that will invite the community to remember and reconnect with the ancestor water. They will offer opportunities to contemplate and explore the personal and collective meanings of water through both conversation and artistic elaboration on the installation.
About the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program
Since it began in 2001, the Lanesboro Artist Residency program has welcomed emerging artists of all disciplines to live, work, and create in the rural context of grater Lanesboro. Supported through 2024 by the Jerome Foundation, residency program awards two to three residencies per year to emerging artists with projects that activate the people and places of Lanesboro while instigating positive change. The program is geared toward artists that are driven to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience. For more information, visit lanesboroarts.org.