2018-2019
Artist Residency Program

Since 2014, Prairieside Cottage + Outpost has welcomed artists by invitation, and in 2017 the application process
opened into a competitive award that any artist could apply for. Here are our current artists, recipients
of our second competitive award for residencies in the 2018-2019 program. 

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Thistle Study (October), Matfield Green
Ink on paper,  50" x 38"

Clare Doveton

(from Lawrence, KS)

August 2018

Prairieside Cottage + Outpost is pleased to welcome Clare Doveton as this season’s first resident. Doveton’s sublime landscapes blur the line between the physical and spiritual realms, evoking uncharted spaces that emanate light from a divine source. Drawing from her experience as a practicing Buddhist, Doveton aims to study the tall thistle grass of the prairie to make visual and symbolic connections between the thistle and Avalokiteśvara, the thousand-armed bodhisattva of compassion. We are thrilled to see how Doveton responds to Matfield Green’s lovely Flint Hills.

  PA 61 (Destroyed) Marginalia , 2018. (Installation View)

PA 61 (Destroyed) Marginalia, 2018. (Installation View)

Alex Lukas

(from Pittsburgh, PA)

November 2018

Alex Lukas incorporates fiction and research into his documentaries, and will use his time at Prairieside Cottage + Outpost to investigate the social freedoms and limitations represented by a lonely American highway. The mythical Kansas destination, Samuel Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden, will serve as a nearby counterpoint for his post-apocalyptic speculative fiction interests. Lukas’s creative focus at Prairieside Outpost will be to review alternative uses for pedestrian pathways, especially as they pertain to intrapersonal exchanges. 

  I Control the Sun - 11  photograph from an ongoing project

I Control the Sun - 11
photograph from an ongoing project

Lilly McElroy

(from Lawrence, KS)

January 2019

Trickster, absurdist, and artist Lilly McElroy manipulates her natural surroundings for photographs and short videos with surprising punchlines. Her ongoing photographic series, titled I Control the Sun, is an engagement with American landscapes and an expression of infinite futility. As an Arizona native, McElroy has a particular relationship to weather, Southwest kitsch, and vast landscapes such as the Flint Hills. McElroy will use her time at Prairieside Cottage + Outpost this winter to add to her I Control the Sun series.

  Interior Topographies #5  mokuhanga on wood block, chin collé, 16" (w) x 8" (h) 2017-18

Interior Topographies #5
mokuhanga on wood block, chin collé, 16" (w) x 8" (h)
2017-18

K Stevenson

(from Ogden, UT)

December 2018

As a printmaker, sculptor and installation artist, K Stevenson uses process-oriented applications for her series exploring the fickle nature of our memories. Her current focus on the ‘press-less’ Japanese ‘mokuhanga’ printing method, one of the oldest of its kind, is compatible with Prairieside’s support of sustainable, eco-friendly materials. Her layered prints are incongruous and detailed, like dreams. Stevenson is using her time at Prairieside to extend her printed series and continue to build on theme of conscious liminality and memory temperance.

  Untitled (Interior View - Room That I Built)  mixed media on paper, 14" x 11" 2016

Untitled (Interior View - Room That I Built)
mixed media on paper, 14" x 11"
2016

Caleb Taylor

(from Kansas City)

March 2019

Caleb Taylor’s ongoing examination of formal structures found in urban and natural environments connect his observations of diverse historical cities and open outdoor spaces. His dynamic paintings and collages translate familiar sights into new contextual abstractions that change our perception of place. These heady concepts come to Prairieside Cottage + Outpost next spring, when the Flint Hills of Matfield Green are beginning to grow again. Taylor will use and respond to the seasonal changes in the landscape, sky, quality of light, and colors of the hills to inspire his paintings and collages. He will be attending the residency with his family.