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Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts: Artists in Residence begin term

Fridley, MNSeptember 3, 2015.  This week Monica Sheets and Kit Leffler began their 18 month terms as Artists-in-Residence at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.  The art center has a history of supporting visual artists through this program, but hasn’t had an artist in this position for nearly five years.

An open call for applications for the September 2015-February 2017 Artist-in-Residence was distributed earlier this year and a pool of very qualified and diverse artists applied.  While only one position was originally advertised, the final review committee was struck by the synchronicity of both Monica’s and Kit’s proposals for a project to undertake during their terms and the artists agreed to share the artist studio and their final exhibition.

Monica and Kit will move into the second floor studio at the Banfill Tavern building and will have access to make art and use the space for meetings and at their convenience through February 2017, though residence is not literal as this opportunity does not cover lodging.  They will each receive a small stipend, and will have a culminating exhibition in January 2017 in the Banfill-Locke galleries.

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Kit Leffler is an artist who works in a variety of mediums.  She has a MFA in Printmaking from the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh and a BFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas.  Kit has lived in Minneapolis for the past five years and has exhibited throughout the Twin Cities and beyond and is the founder of M – PAC, Minneapolis’s premier Plein Air Coterie.  Throughout her residency she plans to explore the road stories that are a part of Banfill-Locke’s history and its present experience through sketches, prints, paintings, zines, and more.  “I am especially excited to have a place to better utilize my risograph (soy based lithograph-like copier) and to share this unique technology with the BLCA community,” Leffler says.

Monica Sheets works in public art and her residency will be a participatory project using the residency studio and Banfill-Locke as a home base for activities. The larger framework for this project is her interest in how, particularly in Minnesota, we interact with strangers, communicate with each other and deal with potential conflict. She is interested in developing activities and creating forums through which differences can be constructively publicized and engaged with. Monica has done similar work in Germany.  She received her MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany and a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Both artists are excited to be a part of the Banfill-Locke community and invite visits to their space at the art center.  Any inquiries about the projects can be directed to the art center to be connected to the artists.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (BLCA) is a source for the community providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities and education through the arts.  In a cooperative agreement between Anoka County and the Art Center. BLCA operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, while Anoka Country retains ownership of the Banfill Tavern Building.