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Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce the second Artist-in-Residence (AIR) of 2006 at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Mary Brodbeck of Kalamazoo, Michigan is living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing herself into the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and into the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. She will also present a public program highlighting her work on Friday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Brodbeck was selected from over 30 applicants. She makes woodblock prints of the Great Lakes, which have been her subject matter for the past twelve years. Ms. Brodbeck was a recipient of a fellowship from the Japanese government in 1998 and continues to make prints using the traditional Japanese process. She states that her art is “a process of combining complexities of the human spirit with passion for the subject.” This results in an expression that each view may be interpreted uniquely. Her desire for her work is to “cheer the good qualities in all of us, speaking of love, beauty, mystery, desire and hope for the future.”
On Friday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m., Ms. Brodbeck will present an informative program about her artwork and residency. This one-hour presentation is free, open to the public, and will take place in the auditorium of the Philip Hart Visitor Center on Highway 72 in Empire. Works of art by previous Artists-In-Residence are on display in the auditorium. Please call 231-326-5134 for more information.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has sponsored the AIR program for over a decade and it is open, through competition, to American writers, composers and visual artists, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by the outstanding features that are protected by the National Park Service and enjoyed by millions of visitors year after year. In exchange for the opportunity to live in the park for a short period, Artists-in-Residence donate an original piece of art to the park, interact with visitors while conducting their craft, and offer at least one public presentation of their work in a formal setting. There are only two sessions (September and October) available each year. Click here for more information about the Aritist-in-Residence Program.