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.
Thistle Study (October), Matfield Green
Ink on paper, 50" x 38"
(from Lawrence, KS)
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.
(from Pittsburgh, PA)
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.
(from Lawrence, KS)
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.