Named after the “Four Pillars” of the Chautauqua education movement, this month long artist residency provides opportunities for artists to advance their work and connect with new audiences. While the residency is open to all working artists, a special purpose of the residency is to give Mount Gretna School of Art alumni a chance reconnect with Mount Gretna long after they are students. The Mount Gretna School of Art is a residential intensive program for talented and motivated students in harmony with nature and the community.
Studio Life highlights the work of four selected artists from the 2018 Four Pillars Artist Residency.
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Date: March 1 – April 28, 2019
Venue: S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Education Center Gallery
Exhibiting Artists: Seth Becker, Jamie Bowman, Elisabeth Larson Koehler, and Blake Walinder
Seth Becker earned his BA in Fine Arts and Art History from Marymount Manhattan College, New York, and his MFA in Fine Arts and Art History from The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. In addition to the Four Pillars Residency, he has been a resident artist at the Royal Drawing School in Ayrshire, Scotland. His work has been exhibited in New York and Pennsylvania, and he is currently a Teaching Assistant at The New York Studio School.
Jamie Bowman earned her BFA in Painting from SUNY Plattsburgh, New York, her MFA in Painting from University of New Hampshire, Durham, and her MA in Studio Teaching from Boston University. In addition to the Four Pillars Residency, she has been a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited in Massachusetts, Georgia, Connecticut, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University of New Hampshire, the Community College of Rhode Island, Montserrat College of Art, and SUNY Plattsburgh.
Elisabeth Larson Koehler
Elisabeth Larson Koehler grew up in both Germany and the United States. After receiving degrees in Linguistics and in Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington, she moved to Israel for two years to further study painting at the Jerusalem Studio School with Israel Hershberg. She now lives in Seattle where she works and paints.
Blake Walinder earned her BFA from Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma, and her MFA in Painting from The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her work has been exhibited in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. She taught at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is now Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma.