2016 Fellows Appeal
Dear I-Park Fellow,
I-Park has just wrapped up its 2016 residency season, our 15th anniversary year, and we are grateful to all of you who have helped us, in so many ways over the years, to reach this milestone. Thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement, your attendance at our events, your participation in our programs, your volunteer service, your spreading of the word about I-Park.
Today, we’re asking for your continuing, or first time, financial assistance.
A recent artist’s reflections on her residency, and her commitment to help us provide this opportunity to other deserving artists, clarifies the importance and impact of your support.
Six years of intermittent work on my second novel, and two major failures later, I applied to I-Park because of its blend of fellowships in visual and experiential art along with creative writing, all genres infused with awareness of nature. I planned to write several chapters during a residency of three weeks, and hoped this would be a conducive setting to bring my very rusty drawing skills back into play as a way to access new avenues back into my novel.
The first phone call both to welcome me and to learn about what I might need during my residency set a spirit of warmth and generosity that was maintained throughout. And the comfort of my room and isolation of my studio fulfilled a promise of unique accommodations geared toward allowing us artists the rare concentration, freedom and safety to explore unknown possibilities in our work.
While my writing is descriptive of nature, it isn’t dependent on environment—at least that’s what I thought until that first introductory walk through stunning acreage filled with art in harmony with the land, a walk that proved the stewardship of these woods, meadows, waterways and trails was in respectful, talented and truly loving hands. My heart opened to witness this celebration of creativity in nature and art alike.
A week after that walk, pages of new writing had already burst forth as did a poem, a form I hadn’t attempted in more than four decades. I drew sketches of people from my historical novel. Walks, particularly through an old pine wood, were rich with organic history visible in strange hillocks, lichen-covered stone walls, primitive ferns, mossy paths, ancient trees and young woods reclaiming old pastures. I sketched again, and my pen did its own work—loose, free lines in their simplicity more of my spirit than what my brain was trying to control. My writing followed suit and I’m thrilled to say toward the end of my stay I had, improbably, completed my 325-page novel accompanied only by the tapping of my keyboard, the colorful birdcalls—from cedar waxwings to turkey vultures—the waving winds, rustling leaves, bunnies scrambling in the brush beneath a shimmering night sky . . .
I wish I were a multi-millionaire so as to give something more concrete than what my heartfelt gratitude can offer back to this unique organization that conserves this enchanted bit of earth in the name of the arts. But I have pledged to make a monthly donation, and I ask that you join me to be a part of the rare creativity that happens here.
Thank you, Eugenia Kim, Writer-in-Residence, November 2016
Artists like Eugenia enrich our community, culture and our individual lives. She is one of over 800 since 2001 who have been granted fully-funded residencies at I-Park. Thank you for helping to make I-Park such a special, nurturing setting for artists to pursue their important work. Your support is truly an investment in our future.
Please click on the link below to contribute to our 2016 Year-End Appeal!
Doing so will allow us to make this precious gift of time, space and fellowship available, for years to come, to artists from around the world.
We look forward to greeting you during your next visit to I-Park!
With gratitude and warm wishes,
Ralph Crispino, Jr.
If you contributed to the Fellows Appeal in 2014 or 2015, please take a moment to click on the appropriate link in the sidebar and check to see that we have credited you properly. You may also wish to check that there are no errors in our historical fellows’ listings: alphabetical and by discipline, including the link to your website. If something needs to be changed, please contact Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can make the correction(s). Thank you.
As of 12/31/16, the following artists have contributed to the 2016 Fellows Appeal
Eve Bailey, 2011
Marianne Barcellona, 2004, 2016
Diane Barcelo, 2009
Pascal Le Boeuf, 2016
Clifton Callender, 2006
Patricia Canelake, 2003, 2015
Andrea Cukier, 2011, 2012
Emilia Dubicki, 2012
Michelle Echenique, 2002, 2016
Ted Efremoff, 2007, 2008
Sarah FitzSimons, 2009
Ana Flores, 2010
Moon Young Ha, 2013, 2015, 2016
Karen Harris, 2015
Will Holshouser, 2007
Sara Hughes, 2013, 2016
Rocio von Jungenfeld, 2012
Eugenia Kim, 2016
Luiza Kurzyna, 2013, 2015
Eun Young Lee, 2013, 2015
Colette Lucas, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
David Madacsi, 2007, 2009
Scott McMahon, 2012
Alice Momm, 2010, 2016
Elise Morris, 2011, 2015
Andrew Neumann, 2014, 2015, 2016
Matthias Neumann, 2014, 2015
Jennifer Newsom, 2016
Michael Pellecchia, 2010
Kala Pierson, 2016
Mie Preckler, 2002, 2004
Elizabeth Riley, 2013, 2015
Shony Rivnay, 2016
Brett Sroka, 2011, 2012
Rachel Stevens, 2010
Ted Taylor, 2009
Jennie Thwing, 2008, 2009, 2012
Shirley Watts, 2010, 2016
Rachel Wilson, 2003
Ian Winters, 2008
Diane Wittry, 2008