Tallgrass Artist Residencies
May – September 2017
a residency program inspired by prairie & place
The Tallgrass Artist Residency, with support from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, is centered in the small community of Matfield Green, KS near the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The residency also partners with The Volland Store and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.
The residency seeks to create connection and conversation across the Great Plains by selecting from among applicants who currently live in a place that is ecologically considered prairie (though it may be paved and urbanized!). Selected artists have a strong body of work with a voice that reflects the artist’s own community, a dedication to place, and an interest in participating in a contemporary dialogue. Artists are from all backgrounds and career levels, media and practice.
For information about all the artists selected for residency in the Flint Hills, please click here.
Please welcome Lynn and Cody to Wabaunsee County!
My works often depict actual water lines––the sensual, meandering lines where water meets land on the skin of the earth. Rivers, deltas and shorelines continually entrance me, and are central to several recent projects…I also am a news junkie and find no shortage of information from around the globe about issues related to water. I am convinced that water is becoming the commodity of the century. Floods, water scarcity, and water stewardship affect us all. I want to be a part of the conversation surrounding these issues.
Born near the ocean, but raised in the heartland, I am drawn to water. Itʼs counterintuitive that I would also be drawn to a place that has very little water–the Flint Hills. But the rolling hills of the prairie reflect the ocean waves, and, at closer inspection, the water will reveal itself in itʼs various magical forms. Iʼm excited to find ways to interpret the water of the Tallgrass visually.
My work has appeared in juried shows from Hawaii to Brooklyn. A recent large project called Waterplaces was purchased by and will be presented by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, in Manhattan, KS, in the Spring of 2018.
Lynn’s public presentation at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: July 29 1:30–3:00 pm
Cody Kauhl is a composer and multimedia artist that pairs found sound and video with the intimacy of the human voice. His work has been performed at international and national festivals and conferences including the International Computer Music Conference and Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Program. Cody graduated in 2011 with a B.M. in Music Theory/Composition at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and received his M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2015.
Cody regularly collaborates with choreographers and visual, spoken word, and performing artists to create interactive multimedia concerts that seamlessly blend the human voice and movement with new media technologies. The resulting product often juxtaposes the delicate and visceral, the intricate and sparse, while maintaining an unabashed intimacy throughout. I conceive the development of these works as a linear transformation, much like an extended crossfade between two film scenes. Cody acted as composer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in February 2014 and at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in February 2015.
Cody’s public presentation at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: August 12 1:30–3:00 pm