Artist-in-Residence Captures the Spirit of Place

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Date: September 26, 2013

National Park Service
Homestead National Monument of America
8523 W. State Hwy 4
Beatrice, NE 68310
402-223-3514 phone
402-228-4231 fax

National Park ServiceNews Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –September 26, 2013

Merrith Baughman 402-223-3514

Artist-in-Residence Captures the Spirit of Place

with Cyanotype Workshop and Program

If you enjoy history, local culture, photography, or creating things, do not miss two impressive programs by Homestead National Monument of America’s last Artist-in-Residence of the year! Erica Quinn, from White Haven, Pennsylvania, is a photography and video artist who will live and work at the monumentSeptember 30 - October 15.

On Saturday, October 5 at 11 a.m., Quinn will lead a workshop on making cyanotypes at the Education Center. This workshop will be held after the Prairie Work Day Seed Harvest, so participants will be able to use parts of specific prairie plants to create a one of a kind piece of art. Come for just the workshop or come earlier to participate in the Seed Harvest as well!

Cyanotypes are images exposed onto surfaces that have been made light sensitive; participants will make these using natural materials from around the park. She will bring and gather various materials such as paperboard boxes, scraps of good quality paper, newspaper, fabric, etc. that she will make light sensitive using special chemicals. “The beauty of the cyanotype is how flexible and experimental a process it is and how it will take to various materials. It is also great for kids and adults alike in terms of ease, simplicity and instantaneous results,” says Quinn. The cyanotype is an early photographic process-- predating the Homestead Act by about 20 years--and traditionally was used to classify plant-life as an alternative to illustration in botanical books. “With this I'm interested in workshopping the cyanotype, through the lens of history, letting park visitors take home a souvenir of elements of the landscape without removing these natural materials themselves.”

Erica Quinn’s second program will be onSunday, October 13 at 2 the Education Center. During the presentation, Quinn will discuss photography as one way of articulating place and personal or cultural history. She will discuss early frontier photography specific to the area and to homesteading, such as Evelyn Cameron’s images of women homesteading in Montana, and its relevance to American history and mindset; this early photography served as proof of place, fixing of character, and preservation as a historical document for future generations. She will then give a presentation of her own work created during her residency in response to the history and context of Homestead, which will incorporate still and moving image, as well as writing. 

"We are pleased to welcome this unique Artist-in-Residence to the monument. She will give us a new perspective on Homesteading and community sense of place," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2013. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, or 45 miles south of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hours of operation are8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit


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