2022 HARTMAN RESERVE VISITING ARTIST:
The Hartman Reserve Visiting Artist program is an opportunity for professional or novice artists of all disciplines and ages to experience a creative endeavor inspired by nature. Seth Thill recently was selected as the 2022 Hartman Reserve Visiting Artist. Seth is a poet and visual artist. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts English degrees at University of Northern Iowa in 2018 and 2020, respectively. Seth’s proposal for the Visiting Artist selection committee was a poetry project that would examine the way we balance our relationships with nature and the broader culture at large in modern America, with a focus on the Cedar Valley. He plans to develop printmaking skills, and then collect poems written during his tenure at Hartman and print them in a small run of self-made, handbound chapbooks. Seth will receive a cash award, financial support for supplies, and invitations to present a program, show, or performance at Waterloo Center for the Arts, Hartman Reserve, and Hearst Center for the Arts. He has created a blog, which is a website containing his personal reflections, comments, and poetry as Visiting Artist. He will post blog entries and upcoming Visiting Artist events every Monday at https://seth-thill.ghost.io/.
Thank you to the sponsors of the Visiting Artist program this year: Catherine Ann Livingston Fund at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Hearst Center for the Arts, and Friends of Waterloo Center for the Arts.
The Hartman Visiting Artist program was created in 2012 by the Friends of Hartman Reserve and currently is facilitated by Black Hawk County Conservation staff at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. The Visiting Artist program offers an individual or ensemble the opportunity to pursue artistic disciplines while being surrounded by the inspiring landscape and wildlife at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Past artists have been painters, print-makers, musicians, performance artists, sculptors, and last year, a culinary artist/photographer. The Visiting Artist program is open to professionals and novice artists of all ages. It is another means of helping people experience the great outdoors and learn to appreciate the value of our natural resources. Please call 319-277-2187 with any questions.
Left: Seth Thill. Photo by the artist.
Program History of Artists
2011: Doug Davis, oil painting
2012: Sarah Deppe, ephemeral outdoor sculpture
2013: Riley Martin, oil pastels and painting
2014: Sarah Etringer, oil pastels and painting, assembly art
2015: Brittany Deal, cyanotype printing
2016: Tim Ferry III, composer and pianist
2017: Malin Palani, puppetry and performance art
2018: Angela Waseskuk, natural dyes for textiles
2019: Caylin Graham, oil and acrylic painting, plein air painting
2020: Dr. Hannah Porter Occeña, flutist and composer
2021: Maddie Sinnott, baker, photographer, science teacher
VISITING ARTIST SPONSORS
Thank you to all the sponsors of this program. They, too, believe in the power of nature to inspire art and contribute to your well-being.