Art for All Ages with Artist in Residence Chris Mona at Homestead National Monument of America

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Date: July 14, 2015

Chris Mona will be the fifth artist of the 2015 Artist- in-Residence program at Homestead National Monument of America. He will be presenting an interactive art program onJuly 19and again on July 26, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Homestead's Education Center. This is the seventh year of the monument's Artist-in-Residence program.

Chris Mona is a painter/printmaker living in Maryland, where he is Visual Arts Department Chair at Anne Arundel Community College, and runs its printmaking studio. He received a grant from Artists Space in New York, NY and two artist's awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work is in public collections at The Rooms Art Gallery of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada; and College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, Maryland. In 2014 he completed a printmaking project featuring the natural and social histories of Clermont Plantation in Berryville, Virginia.

Chris likes to physically engage people in art. During his programs, "Hike Impressions", he will first do a short walk with visitors (everyone is invited, children, parents, all others) to gather impressions of the particular environment of this place, with sensitivity to weather conditions, feelings of warmth, colors, textures, sights, and sounds.  With these impressions in mind, each participant will be asked to focus on one particular aspect of their short hike experience, whether it was the sound of leaves rustling, or the look of rocks in a stream, the color of a bird's feathers, or the smell of lunch. Upon returning to the Education Center there will be a brief talk about how an experience from one of your senses can be translated to another sense throughsynesthesia, and then create a work on paper artwork based on the impression. All materials will be provided, no experience necessary!

For his residency at Homestead National Monument of America, Chris plans to research homesteads from the 1800's and use them as the first layer in a print project that will have a ghostly overstrike of contemporary homes from the Beatrice area as the upper print layer. During the residency, he will paint, draw, and write poetry.

Chris will be working throughout the area of Homestead National Monument of America from July 17-31, 2015. He enjoys talking and welcomes sharing his creative abilities with all visitors.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. 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. daily. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/.

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Last updated: July 14, 2015

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