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February Artists in Residence

To see all artists in residence participants, visit our Current Roster page.

Harvey Hix, Poet


H. L. HIX was born in Oklahoma and raised in various small towns in the south. After earning his B.A. from Belmont College (now Belmont University) and his Ph.D. (in philosophy) from the University of Texas, Hix taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and was an administrator at the Cleveland Institute of Art, before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, where, after a term as director of the creative writing MFA, he now teaches. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai University and the University of Texas, been the “Distinguished Visitor” at the NEO MFA, and taught in the low-residency MFA at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His poetry, essays, and other works have been published in McSweeney’s,Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Boston Review, Poetry, and other journals, been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award, and been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.
He lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with his partner, the poet Kate Northrop.


Leanne Hall, Writer

Leanne Hall lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her debut novel This Is Shyness won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, and was a Notable Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year awards. Her second book, Queen of the Night, will be published in 2012. In addition to her young adult fiction, Leanne’s short stories have been published in publications including Best Australian StoriesMeanjin, and Sleepers Almanac. Leanne’s writing presents a skewed reality, and often draws on mythology and fairy tales. Her current work in progress explores themes of art, identity, gender and family.


Kate Sanderson Holly, Performer

Kate Sanderson Holly is a director, performer, dramaturge, playwright and educator, specializing in Devised Theater.  She is a founding member of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble and former artistic director of Fever Theater.  Holly has collaboratively created and produced over 12 full-length original productions.  She holds an MFA in Theater:  Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Theater and Filmmaking from the Evergreen State College.  She has studied extensively with members of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, and she continues to train and teach their primary methods of Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition regularly.  Other influential teachers include members of Bread and Puppet Theatre, Roy Hart Theatre, Tectonic Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, and Schechner’s Performance Group. Holly’s work has been variously supported and commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Colville Foundation, the Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards, and Caldera Arts Colony.


Erin Beaver, Visual Artist

Erin Beaver was formerly the creative director and producer at Katie Brown Workshop. She has held artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, SWAP(Supporting Women Artists Project) and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has exhibited her work in many venues, including Kill Devil Hill in Brooklyn and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. She earned a MFA in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art.


Erik Peterson, Visual artist

The nuances of picture making, the potential for visceral communication, and a relationship to the past and present through meditative objects called paintings; this is what Erik Peterson is most interested in.  The chance to spend the month of February focused on the development of pictures and objects while surrounded by the snowy mountains of Oregon is a tremendous thrill for Erik. Structures in wilderness, the pursuit of stability in ever changing environments, sharing the experience of a belief in uncertainty; these are themes in which Erik’s work is created.  A graduate in painting from the University of Washington and American University, he has exhibited in Washington D.C. at Conner Contemporary Gallery, and Seattle at SOIL Gallery, in addition to several other venues.  His work can be seen at the web site: http://erikcpeterson.weebly.com/

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