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Time to order next month’s Grin City Monthly art mailing! Get 4 small pieces of art delivered to you in the mail! Orders close July 1 (that’s Tuesday!). This month’s mailing includes art by alumni Jacki Whisenant, Skye Livingston, Allison Leigh Peters and our intern, Martha Orlet.
Photo of last month’s mailing includes work by Joe Lacina, Jackie Groves, Ana Musachio and Abby Tang.
Orders close July 1!

Time to order next month’s Grin City Monthly art mailing! Get 4 small pieces of art delivered to you in the mail! Orders close July 1 (that’s Tuesday!). This month’s mailing includes art by alumni Jacki Whisenant, Skye Livingston, Allison Leigh Peters and our intern, Martha Orlet.

Photo of last month’s mailing includes work by Joe Lacina, Jackie Groves, Ana Musachio and Abby Tang.

Orders close July 1!

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#grin city monthly  #zines  #printmaking  #art  #joelacina 

redfoxwhitefox:

Red Fox | White Fox @ Grin City

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Out in the Middle of Somewhere →

Kevin Haworth wrote a wonderful essay about his time at Grin City and all the cool, creative things happening in Iowa. Check it out!

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#publicity  #iowa cool  #Des Moines Social Club 
Art from May’s Grin City Monthly Mailing. Work by Cory Ploessl, Erin Mallea, Marika von Zellen, and Kelly Musselman.
ORDERS CLOSE SUNDAY FOR JUNE’S MAILING.
You don’t want to miss this one! It will feature work by Joe Lacina, Jackie Groves, Ana Musachio and Abby Tang. Order your subscription now! http://grincitycollective.org/market.html

Art from May’s Grin City Monthly Mailing. Work by Cory Ploessl, Erin Mallea, Marika von Zellen, and Kelly Musselman.

ORDERS CLOSE SUNDAY FOR JUNE’S MAILING.

You don’t want to miss this one! It will feature work by Joe Lacina, Jackie Groves, Ana Musachio and Abby Tang. Order your subscription now! http://grincitycollective.org/market.html

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#grin city monthly  #joelacina  #csa art  #zines  #printmaking 
Name:  Vonda Yarberry

Age:  49

Current Home:  Springfield, Missouri

Medium: animation / video

 Describe your work (1-2 sentences):
Over the years, my professional, creative work has spanned from screen-based animation and video, shown in film festivals, to gallery installations, to stage-projections within performances.  Currently, I am making animations and video that play on multiple, small LCD screens, extricated from their ordinary plastic cases, revealing the delicacy of the inner circuitry and the overly complicated-looking tangle of wires that connect them.

Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences): I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and went to the Kansas City Art Institute for my undergraduate studies, then to New Brunswick, New Jersey and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts for my MFA.  Since I was in kindergarten, because of the inspiration of an art teacher, I knew that I wanted to teach art.  While I may have been steadfast in my ultimate goal all these years, I changed majors/disciplines within art quite a bit while I was in school, only landing on animation upon being offered a job at Missouri State University.  That’s where I’ve been, teaching/coordinating the program in animation since 1989. 

What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?
I hope that being in unfamiliar surroundings and interacting with interesting people will cause me to see my work freshly, creating new and unforeseen possibilities for its progress.  I also hope that being away from the distractions of my everyday life that I will be able to be more productive and complete several works in order to send them to galleries and museums for exhibition.

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create?
Thinking WAY big, I would want to develop a planet-sized, interactive performance where the energy of all people is seen in concert and felt simultaneously.  

Favorite book: Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler

Favorite food: Hotdogs               

Unusual skill:  Lost and runaway dog magnet
 
Favorite saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

Name:  Vonda Yarberry

Age:  49

Current Home:  Springfield, Missouri

Medium: animation / video


Describe your work (1-2 sentences):

Over the years, my professional, creative work has spanned from screen-based animation and video, shown in film festivals, to gallery installations, to stage-projections within performances.  Currently, I am making animations and video that play on multiple, small LCD screens, extricated from their ordinary plastic cases, revealing the delicacy of the inner circuitry and the overly complicated-looking tangle of wires that connect them.

Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and went to the Kansas City Art Institute for my undergraduate studies, then to New Brunswick, New Jersey and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts for my MFA.  Since I was in kindergarten, because of the inspiration of an art teacher, I knew that I wanted to teach art.  While I may have been steadfast in my ultimate goal all these years, I changed majors/disciplines within art quite a bit while I was in school, only landing on animation upon being offered a job at Missouri State University.  That’s where I’ve been, teaching/coordinating the program in animation since 1989. 

What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?

I hope that being in unfamiliar surroundings and interacting with interesting people will cause me to see my work freshly, creating new and unforeseen possibilities for its progress.  I also hope that being away from the distractions of my everyday life that I will be able to be more productive and complete several works in order to send them to galleries and museums for exhibition.

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create?

Thinking WAY big, I would want to develop a planet-sized, interactive performance where the energy of all people is seen in concert and felt simultaneously. 

Favorite book: Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler

Favorite food: Hotdogs              

Unusual skill:  Lost and runaway dog magnet

 

Favorite saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

— 2 months ago
Name: Ali Reid

Age: 26

Current Home: Worcester, MA

Medium: textiles & prints

Website: acmmr.tumblr.com/tagged/work

Describe your work: I make artwork because it motivates me when I want to learn about a subject and helps me make sense of new information. Right now I am embroidering images of species I encounter when birdwatching (and getting better at differentiating types of sparrows) and making banners and prints about fermented foods and the microbiology involved in their production.

Background: I’ve been sewing most of my life and I graduated from MassArt in Boston in 2010. I’ve also worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for the last five years as an audio describer, writing audio tours for people who are blind or who have low vision. 

Accomplish/Gain: I’m working on some new recipes for lacto-ferments and printing up a set of recipe cards for those, and hanging out meeting the excellent people who are drawn to Grin City. 

What if money wasn’t an issue? I’d make the same work but in a better studio.

Favorite book: Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara

Favorite food: pickles

Unusual skill: interior house paint color selection

favorite saying: waste not! 

Name: Ali Reid

Age: 26

Current Home: Worcester, MA

Medium: textiles & prints

Website: acmmr.tumblr.com/tagged/work

Describe your work: I make artwork because it motivates me when I want to learn about a subject and helps me make sense of new information. Right now I am embroidering images of species I encounter when birdwatching (and getting better at differentiating types of sparrows) and making banners and prints about fermented foods and the microbiology involved in their production.

Background: I’ve been sewing most of my life and I graduated from MassArt in Boston in 2010. I’ve also worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for the last five years as an audio describer, writing audio tours for people who are blind or who have low vision. 

Accomplish/Gain: I’m working on some new recipes for lacto-ferments and printing up a set of recipe cards for those, and hanging out meeting the excellent people who are drawn to Grin City. 

What if money wasn’t an issue? I’d make the same work but in a better studio.

Favorite book: Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara

Favorite food: pickles

Unusual skill: interior house paint color selection

favorite saying: waste not! 

— 2 months ago
Name: Kevin Haworth
Age: 43
Current Home: Athens, Ohio 
Medium: Creative writing

Describe your work: My essays share a strong sense of place, but draw on two specific places that could not be more different, my home in Southeast Ohio and my second place of residence, Tel Aviv.  A sense of loss and threat connects these essays, as does the presence of my young son, a recurring figure in much of my work.

Background: I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in upstate New York. After college, I lived on a kibbutz and did a year of national service in Israel, working as an avocado farmer and then volunteering in an education center. I am the author of three books and now teach at Ohio University.

What do you hope to accomplish during your stay at Grin City?  I am working on a long essay about beetles, a medium-length essay about music, and a short essay about the local landscape.

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create? A teleportation tube to take me to my neighborhood in northern Tel Aviv whenever I needed to visit the beach.

Favorite book: The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
Favorite food: Shwarma
Unusual skill: I was a nationals-level Ultimate Frisbee player for fifteen years. I’m also great with babies.
Favorite saying: “Where ever I go, I am always traveling toward Jerusalem.”—Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

Name: Kevin Haworth

Age: 43

Current Home: Athens, Ohio 

Medium: Creative writing

Describe your work: My essays share a strong sense of place, but draw on two specific places that could not be more different, my home in Southeast Ohio and my second place of residence, Tel Aviv.  A sense of loss and threat connects these essays, as does the presence of my young son, a recurring figure in much of my work.

Background: I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in upstate New York. After college, I lived on a kibbutz and did a year of national service in Israel, working as an avocado farmer and then volunteering in an education center. I am the author of three books and now teach at Ohio University.

What do you hope to accomplish during your stay at Grin City?  I am working on a long essay about beetles, a medium-length essay about music, and a short essay about the local landscape.

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create? A teleportation tube to take me to my neighborhood in northern Tel Aviv whenever I needed to visit the beach.

Favorite book: The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen

Favorite food: Shwarma

Unusual skill: I was a nationals-level Ultimate Frisbee player for fifteen years. I’m also great with babies.

Favorite saying: “Where ever I go, I am always traveling toward Jerusalem.”—Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

— 2 months ago
Name: Erin McKenna

Age: 24

Current home: Columbus, Ohio

Medium: mixed media sculpture and video

Describe your work:  My recent work has been based on superstitions. I
have been making objects and videos that reference acts, objects and
over all ominous feelings of superstitions.

Share a little about your background:  I graduated from Columbus
College of Art & Design in 2012.  Since then, I have ran a studio
warehouse space where ten of my friends and I work.  I currently work
at two contemporary art galleries in Columbus, Ohio.

What do you hope to accomplish and or gain from your stay at Grin
City:  While at Grin City, I hope to make a sculptures, photographs
and videos using the objects I have made while at the residency.  I
hope to use the residency as a time to reflect and gather my thoughts.

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create: A hot tub/golf cart hybrid

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite food: chocolate

Unusual skill: 10 years experience of Scottish Highland Dancing

Favorite saying: If you want something done, do it yourself.

Name: Erin McKenna

Age: 24

Current home: Columbus, Ohio

Medium: mixed media sculpture and video

Describe your work:  My recent work has been based on superstitions. I

have been making objects and videos that reference acts, objects and

over all ominous feelings of superstitions.

Share a little about your background:  I graduated from Columbus

College of Art & Design in 2012.  Since then, I have ran a studio

warehouse space where ten of my friends and I work.  I currently work

at two contemporary art galleries in Columbus, Ohio.

What do you hope to accomplish and or gain from your stay at Grin

City:  While at Grin City, I hope to make a sculptures, photographs

and videos using the objects I have made while at the residency.  I

hope to use the residency as a time to reflect and gather my thoughts.

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create: A hot tub/golf cart hybrid

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite food: chocolate

Unusual skill: 10 years experience of Scottish Highland Dancing

Favorite saying: If you want something done, do it yourself.

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Name: Sarah Coote
 
Age: 23
 
Current Home: Philadelphia, PA
 
Medium: Painting

Website: www.sarahcoote.com
 
Describe your work (1-2 sentences):
I use the Internet to access images for my work, and enjoy painting people and interior spaces. I work primarily in oil and gouache paints in a range of different sizes.
 
Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):
I grew up in the Philadelphia area and went to school in Providence, RI to study painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.  I’ve never doubted the idea of being an artist and continuing a creative practice.  This is my first time visiting the mid-west.
 
What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?
I am planning to complete a series of 10-20 paintings during my 6-week stay for exhibition in the summer/fall. I hope to gain some creative insight from my peers who will be staying at the farm with me and I look forward to relaxing, free from the routine stresses of my everyday life at home.
 
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create?
I would quit my job, start a gallery, make some huge paintings and hire a studio assistant.
 
Favorite book: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Favorite food: cheese and fresh bread

Unusual skill: I can wiggle both of my pinky toes

Favorite saying: Get off your phon

Name: Sarah Coote

 

Age: 23

 

Current Home: Philadelphia, PA

 

Medium: Painting

Website: www.sarahcoote.com

 

Describe your work (1-2 sentences):

I use the Internet to access images for my work, and enjoy painting people and interior spaces. I work primarily in oil and gouache paints in a range of different sizes.

 

Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):

I grew up in the Philadelphia area and went to school in Providence, RI to study painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.  I’ve never doubted the idea of being an artist and continuing a creative practice.  This is my first time visiting the mid-west.

 

What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?

I am planning to complete a series of 10-20 paintings during my 6-week stay for exhibition in the summer/fall. I hope to gain some creative insight from my peers who will be staying at the farm with me and I look forward to relaxing, free from the routine stresses of my everyday life at home.

 

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create?

I would quit my job, start a gallery, make some huge paintings and hire a studio assistant.

 

Favorite book: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Favorite food: cheese and fresh bread

Unusual skill: I can wiggle both of my pinky toes

Favorite saying: Get off your phon

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Grin City Collective Artist ResidencyBrooklyn Debut One Night Gallery Show An exhibition of work by ten national artists, writers & performers. Drop in from 7:00PM-9:30PM Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Michael J. Manatt Community Center 105 Jackson Street Brooklyn, IA Join Grin City Collective’s visiting artists-in-residence for a one night art event showcasing their work made during their stay in Iowa. Free Admission Appetizers provided. Drinks for sale.Artists: Sally Chicken (Moree, Australia) • Sarah Coote (Wayne, PA) • Anna Ford (Eastland, TX) • Alexander Hanson (Iowa City, IA) • Joe Lacina (Grinnell, IA) • Jordan Morley (Brooklyn, NY) • Hayden Richer (Detroit, MI) • Molly Rideout (Grinnell, IA) • Lisi Stoessel (Baltimore, MD) • Anthony Zappa (Maplewood, MN) 

Grin City Collective Artist Residency
Brooklyn Debut 

One Night Gallery Show 

An exhibition of work by ten national artists, writers & performers. 

Drop in from 
7:00PM-9:30PM 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 
Michael J. Manatt Community Center 
105 Jackson Street 
Brooklyn, IA
 

Join Grin City Collective’s visiting artists-in-residence for a one night art event showcasing their work made during their stay in Iowa. 

Free Admission 
Appetizers provided. Drinks for sale.

Artists: Sally Chicken (Moree, Australia) • Sarah Coote (Wayne, PA) • Anna Ford (Eastland, TX) • Alexander Hanson (Iowa City, IA) • Joe Lacina (Grinnell, IA) • Jordan Morley (Brooklyn, NY) • Hayden Richer (Detroit, MI) • Molly Rideout (Grinnell, IA) • Lisi Stoessel (Baltimore, MD) • Anthony Zappa (Maplewood, MN) 

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#pop up gallery  #art show  #brooklyn 
Goodies from this month’s Grin City Monthly mailing. Work by Erin Mallea, Kelly Musselman, Cory Ploessl, and Marika von Zellen. If you want to get next month’s batch of art you can order now! Orders close June 1

Goodies from this month’s Grin City Monthly mailing. Work by Erin Mallea, Kelly Musselman, Cory Ploessl, and Marika von Zellen. If you want to get next month’s batch of art you can order now! Orders close June 1

— 2 months ago
#csa art  #erin mallea  #grin city monthly 
A smoothie bar sprouts amid Iowa cornfields →

If you visit The Purple Cucumber next week you’ll see new window designs by Grin City’s artists-in-residence. Stay tuned!

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#smoothies  #kale  #healthy living  #outreach 
Name: Geneviéve Gallant

Age: 28

Current Home: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Medium: Ceramics 

Website: http://www.genevievegallant.com/e_index.html

Describe your work (1-2 sentences):

I make sculptures, mainly out of ceramics. The themes that inspire me the most are interdependence and the tensions created between our need to conquer nature and our ultimate dependence on an unspoiled natural environment.

Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):
I’m a French-Canadian hailing from Montreal. I’ve always been off in my own little world thinking deeply about all types of things and trying to understand the world in my own personal way. When I started making art, it was like a revelation to me: that I could finally express myself. I pursued this passion and earned my bachelors from Concordia University.

What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?

I wanted to come to Grin City to experience a place where art is at the center of everything. I was also hoping to meet interesting people while doing what I love the most.

If money weren’t an issue, what would you create?
I would like to create a place similar to Grin City in my own town. With my art, I would probably be more ambitious.

Favorite book: The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho

Favorite food: potatoes 

Unusual skill: Mirrored writing

Favorite saying: “It’s not funny, but we’re laughing.”

Name: Geneviéve Gallant

Age: 28

Current Home: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Medium: Ceramics 

Website: http://www.genevievegallant.com/e_index.html

Describe your work (1-2 sentences):

I make sculptures, mainly out of ceramics. The themes that inspire me the most are interdependence and the tensions created between our need to conquer nature and our ultimate dependence on an unspoiled natural environment.

Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):

I’m a French-Canadian hailing from Montreal. I’ve always been off in my own little world thinking deeply about all types of things and trying to understand the world in my own personal way. When I started making art, it was like a revelation to me: that I could finally express myself. I pursued this passion and earned my bachelors from Concordia University.

What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?

I wanted to come to Grin City to experience a place where art is at the center of everything. I was also hoping to meet interesting people while doing what I love the most.

If money weren’t an issue, what would you create?

I would like to create a place similar to Grin City in my own town. With my art, I would probably be more ambitious.

Favorite book: The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho

Favorite food: potatoes 

Unusual skill: Mirrored writing

Favorite saying: “It’s not funny, but we’re laughing.”

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Name: Emma Saperstein

Age: 24

Current Home: Chicago, IL

Medium: Mixed media and collage 

Website: www.emmasaperstein.com

Describe your work (1-2 sentences):

My practice of performance, exchange and social practice in the past has been deeply engaged in developing a symbology of grief and grieving with a focus on Central Asian culture, where I spent the first 16 years of my life.  Recently, my practice has been engaging a personal and localized study of the oil and meatpacking industries. 

Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):
I am an artist living and working in Chicago. I am a graduate of Wheaton College and the New York Center for Art and Media Studies. I sling, sell and eat cheese for my bread and butter and assist in running an artist’s work space with my fellow cheesemongers.

What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?

While at Grin City I hope to learn a little bit about gardening, a little bit about Iowa, and continue my research about meatpacking and meat production through collage. 

Favorite book: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Favorite food: Scalloped potatoes 

Unusual skill: Driving a forklift

Favorite saying: Sounds gouda!

Name: Emma Saperstein

Age: 24

Current Home: Chicago, IL

Medium: Mixed media and collage 

Website: www.emmasaperstein.com

Describe your work (1-2 sentences):

My practice of performance, exchange and social practice in the past has been deeply engaged in developing a symbology of grief and grieving with a focus on Central Asian culture, where I spent the first 16 years of my life.  Recently, my practice has been engaging a personal and localized study of the oil and meatpacking industries. 

Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):

I am an artist living and working in Chicago. I am a graduate of Wheaton College and the New York Center for Art and Media Studies. I sling, sell and eat cheese for my bread and butter and assist in running an artists work space with my fellow cheesemongers.

What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?

While at Grin City I hope to learn a little bit about gardening, a little bit about Iowa, and continue my research about meatpacking and meat production through collage. 

Favorite book: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Favorite food: Scalloped potatoes 

Unusual skill: Driving a forklift

Favorite saying: Sounds gouda!

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