Artists Selected for Homestead National Monument of America's 2011 Artist-in-Residence Program

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Date: April 14, 2011
Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514

Homestead National Monument of America is excited to announce artists for the 2011 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. This is Homestead's third year offering artists the opportunity to live at the monument and be inspired by the Homestead Story and its landscapes. Homestead is just one of many National Park Service sites that host artists to connect visitors with the park's meanings using a variety of art forms. Make plans now to visit Homestead this summer and fall to interact with the Artists-in-Residence while they practice their art form.

This year six talented artists have been selected to live and work at the monument. They are:

  • Lucy Fazely, a fibers (quilting) artist from Oscoda, Michigan, will be at Homestead from July 1-14, 2011. During her residency, she would like to "become more familiar with the 'feel' of the tallgrass prairie and learn what she can about the lives of pioneer women."
  • Lisa Olivarez, a landscape painter from Kalamazoo, Michigan, will be Homestead's resident artist from July 15-30, 2011. For her, a time at Homestead "would provide her with an irreplaceable opportunity to paint the land that shaped her forefathers."
  • Carol V. Davis, a poet from Los Angeles, California, will be at Homestead from August 1-14, 2011. A passionate believer in poetry, Carol will try to "take the fear out of poetry but leave the mystery in" during her residency.
  • Joseph Carl Kerkman, a photographer and sketch/painter from Metatrie, Louisiana, will be at the monument from September 6-21, 2011. During his residency, Joseph will be in the midst of a year long, self-funded art journey that began November 2010. He has been traveling across the United States created artwork within natural areas that inspire him.
  • David Boye, a musician from Lincoln, Nebraska will be Homestead's resident artist from October 1-15, 2011. During his residency, he hopes to "compose a light, airy, upbeat and hope filled set of instrumental pieces that suggest the spirit and essence of the Act and the dreams that it inspired in immigrants and settlers."
  • Jason Jilg, a photographer from Harvard, Nebraska, will be at Homestead from October 16-30, 2011. During his residency he aims to "explore the human aspect of the Homestead Act as it relates to the cultural and environmental changes this Act brought to the Great Plains ."

 "This is a wonderful program which allows park guests the opportunity to learn or see Homestead, but through the eyes of the artist," stated monument's Superintendent Mark Engler.

For more information about the National Park Service's Artist-in-Residence program, go to . To get information about how to apply for next years' program, contact

Homestead 's AIR Coordinator Allison Alley at e-mail us or 402-223-3514.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2011. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America). For information on the Monument's programs or activities, please call (402) 223-3514 or visit

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. The visitor centers' current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the weekends. Admission is free of charge.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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