I’m excited about the opportunity to be a Homestead National Monument of America Artist-in-Residence later this year. It allows me to experience the site for several weeks and see what kind of work evolves from it. My ancestors were farmers in Missouri. How they acquired their land, for now, is a mystery but I look forward to learning more about those who homesteaded.
The park’s press release:
Artists Selected for Homestead National Monument of America’s
2019 Artist-in-Residence Program
Homestead National Monument of America is excited to announce the artists chosen for the 2019 Artist-in-Residence program. This is Homestead’s eleventh year offering artists the opportunity to live at the monument and create works of art inspired by the Homestead story and its environment. Homestead is just one of many National Park Service sites that host resident artists to help connect visitors with the park’s meanings using a variety of art forms. Plan to visit the monument this spring through fall to interact with this year’s Artists-in-Residence while they work and create.
This year nine talented artists have been selected to live and work at the monument. They are:
- Theresa Hottel, writer from New York, New York, March 5-18
- Cara Calvert-Thomas, painter from Corona, California, April 26- May 9
- Jeffrey Lockwood, writer from Laramie, Wyoming, May 14- May 27
- Benjamin Justis, composer from Lawrence, Kansas, May 30- June 12
- Heather Heckel, painter from Massapequa, New York, July 16- July 29
- Vickie MacMillan, barn quilt painter from Olympia, Washington, August 15-August 28
- Nancy Marshall, painter from Lawrence, Kansas, September 12- September 25
- Marjorie Savage, writer from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, September 26- October 9
- Benjamin Bohnsack, woodblock printer from Marquette, Michigan, October 11-October 31
“The Artist-in-Residence program is extremely valuable. It gives park visitors an opportunity to not just see Homestead and its story themselves, but see it through the eyes of the artist, which can be very moving and powerful,” stated monument’s Superintendent Mark Engler.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2019. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.