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Artist Named for 2024 North Dakota State Parks Residency Program – Grand Forks Herald

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, along with the North Dakota Council on the Arts, has announced the selection of three artists for the 2024 Artist in Residency Program. The goal of this program is to support North Dakota artists to create art inspired by the beauty of the state parks.

The Artist in Residency program is a partnership between the two agencies that selects artists to spend seven or 10 days in a North Dakota state park. The residency also offers visitors the opportunity to develop artistic skills and gain a deeper appreciation for the park-inspired artwork based on their experiences in the parks. This round of the residency program received 16 applications.

The following artists were selected to complete their residencies at these state parks:

  • Painter Lynae Hanson of Bismarck – Turtle River State Park, 12-19. August 2024.
  • Sculptor/painter Kim Eslinger from Bismarck – Fort Stevenson State Park, 10-20. October 2024.
  • Painter Korina Spratta from Hettinger – Cross Ranch State Park, 10-17. February 2025.

“This year’s Artist in Residency program attracted a remarkable pool of applicants,” Cody Schulz, director of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, said in a statement. “We are excited to see how the creativity, talent and thoughtful workshop concepts will continue to ignite a passion for art in our park visitors.”

Each artist will offer two presentations or thematic workshops on the weekend of their stay; The public is invited and encouraged to participate in these activities.

These offerings showcase state park-inspired art and provide park visitors of all ages and skill levels with a variety of opportunities to explore or develop their artistic skills.

“We are excited to witness the creativity that will come from this ongoing partnership between North Dakota Parks and Recreation and the North Dakota Council on the Arts,” said Jess Christy, executive director of the Council on the Arts. “We hope that the interaction between the artists and visitors will result in an enriching experience for all who venture into these state parks.”

Details about these opportunities at Turtle River State Park, Fort Stevenson State Park and Cross Ranch State Park will be posted on the event listings on their respective Facebook pages as they become available.

The artwork created through the program showcases the beauty of North Dakota through the eyes and ears of contributing artists, enriching generations of park visitors. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has highlighted the work of several artists with video interviews that can be viewed at.

The artist-in-residency program is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment

for the arts. These events within the state parks are free; However, normal daily park vehicle entrance fees apply or an annual state park pass is required.

Anna Harden

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