Past Programs

2017 Artists-in-Residence

Shin-hee Chin —  May 21–31 at Matfield Station
Public Presentation: May 28 1:30–3:00 pm

Steve Snell — June 18–28 at Matfield Station
Public Presentation: June 24 1:30–3:00 pm

Abbey Blake — July 9–19 at Matfield Station
Public Presentation: July 16 1:30–3:00 pm

Lynn Benson — July 26–August 4 at The Volland Store
Public Presentation: July 29 1:30–3:00 pm

Corey Smith — July 22–31 at Matfield Station
Public Presentation: July 29 1:30–3:00 pm

Cody Kauhl — August 18–28 at The Volland Store
Public Presentation: August 26 1:30–3:00 pm

Jillian Youngbird — August 13–23 at Prairieside Cottage
Public Presentation: August 19 1:30–3:00 pm

Kevin Benham — Sept 12–22 at Matfield Station
Public Presentation: September 16 1:30–3:00 pm

Public presentations will take place at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.


Shin-hee Chin

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Shin-hee Chin received her BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University. Shortly after, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and raised two kids while earning her MA in Fiber Arts from California State University at Long Beach. As an educator for 14 years, Chin has taught drawing, painting, color theory, and mixed media at Tabor College in Kansas. She was elected as Distinguished Faculty at Tabor College in 2008.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Textile Museum at Washington DC, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, the Palais des Nations (United Nations’ headquarters building), Geneva, Switzerland, and Uijeongbu Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea.

Shin-hee Chin’s work was featured as the cover of the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal (Spring 2017) and the cover of Surface Design Association Journal (summer 2014). She was also featured in the PBS series Artworks This Week (interviewed by Nate Howard, Maryland) in May 2002 and in KAKE’s Hatteberg’s People (channel 10, Kansas) program entitled “Woman’s Work: A Fiber Artist Whose Work Gives Voice to Women” in December 2013. She has won numerous awards including: Carolyn Lee Thrasher Vehslage Award, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania(2016); Catherine Hastedt Award, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York(2015); The Miriam Machel Award, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California (2014); Kirtz/Van Nortwick Award, The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio (2014); Publisher’s Award, Quilt Nihon, Tokyo, Japan (2014 & 2010); Most Innovative Use of the Medium Award, Quilt National, Athens, Ohio (2013); Award of Excellence, The Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, Indiana(2011); and Best of Show, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri (2007).




Steve Snell

Steve Snell calls his work adventure art.  He is inspired by local history, myths, and the image of the American west in an effort to create heroic narratives for the present day.  This adventure and community-based practice has led him to variety of experiences, ranging from floating the Connecticut River in a couch-boat to a random encounter with Alec Baldwin while hiking across Western Massachusetts. Steve has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Teton ArtLab in Jackson, WY, the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, and along the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and British Columbia, which was sponsored by the National Parks Service and Parks Canada.  His work has been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States.  Steve earned his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011) as well as a B.F.A. in Painting / B.S. in Art Education from Miami University (2006).  He currently is an Assistant Professor of Art in the Foundations Department at the Kansas City Art Institute.



Abbey Blake

Abbey Blake creates work through the lens of a maker but also an explorer. There is an invaluable connection between her time in the studio and time spent observing the natural world. There is typically an aspect of cherishing phenomenon, but also an appreciation of the ecosystem and the less observable species that make a bionetwork what it is. It has become important to Blake to recreate these explorations by creating a similar experience for the viewer within the gallery setting. The spaces created can become didactic but also a place of curiosity and creativity for both the artist and the viewer.

Blake received her BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014 and is currently an MFA candidate in Printmaking at The University of Iowa.



Lynn Benson

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.



Corey Smith

Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He is classically trained, but is interested in an art that obscures the boundaries between worlds: words that are sound, music that is image, body that is text. He is in search of a personal and regional identity that contains contradictions, one that is queer, questioning, ephemeral. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud midwesterner.

Collaboration is an integral part of Corey’s artistic practice. He works with other artists, dancers, musicians, and thinkers to devise works that range from experimental theatre to installation art. Corey is also a solo performance artist. He works in a hybridized performance style, involving composing music, writing text, and choreographing movement. He is the recipient of a 2017 DCASE Individual Artist Grant for his upcoming solo performance, THE NEW PRAIRIE SCHOOL, slated to premiere October 2017 in Chicago.



Cody Kauhl

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.



Jillian Youngbird

I grew up in a place where you warsh your clothes and swim in the crick. A small time capsule of community that spit and farmed and could turn out a folksy phrase as easy as one draws breath.

A place “all timber and bobcats”, as I once heard.

Being of Native America descent, while growing up in the Ozark hills formed an interesting narrative in my self-identity. Story-telling has always been an important part of both cultures. In my study of Ozarkian and Native lore I’ve come to find common threads and motives; different versions of the same story. This kind of artistic story-telling can function as expression of personal and group identity, as well as, providing political and social control. Regardless of whether it tells the whole truth or shows a romanticized caricature, folklore gives you a vibrant visual history.

​Through the study of nature, history and folklore, I use recycled materials from my environment to create sculpture, photographs and performances that investigate my impact on the natural world and my place between two interwoven cultures.”



Kevin Benham

Kevin Benham is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design at South Dakota State University.  He received his MLA from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and his M.Arch. at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Michigan.

He has taught interdisciplinary studios at several academic institutions, including, the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural College. His research and work focuses on landscape phenomena and the temporal qualities inherent in the discipline. To that end, he produces temporal and ephemeral installations that elucidate phenomena requiring careful observation through space and time.

He has exhibited his conceptual work throughout the world, including exhibits at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, England; CUBE Gallery, Manchester England; Zurich, Switzerland; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the recent recipient of a Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Haystack on Deer Isle Maine and an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship in Montauk, New York.

2016 Artists-in-Residence

April 17 – 26    Lisa Grossman, painting

May 1 – 10    Lexi Janezic, book arts

May 16 – 25     Brittany Irle, digital media

June 13 – 22     Casey Whittier, sculpture & ceramics

June 25 – 29     Amanda Maciuba, printmaking & book arts

June 30 – July 9    Julie Nocent-Vigil, mixed media

July 11 – 20     Ahram Park, photography

August 6 – 15     Rachel Kauff, printmaking, sculpture & installation

September 1 – 10     Mary Gordon, painting & printmaking

September 21 – 30     M12, community practice

October 1     Artist Talks at the Beach Museum, KSU & Opening Reception in Matfield Green

October 1 – Nov. 28     Group Exhibition at the Bank Art Space in Matfield Green, KS

Tallgrass Artist Symposium 2016

Video from The Tallgrass Artist Symposium, which took place Saturday, October 1, 9am-2pm(CST) at The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, KS.


Order of Talks
Intros by Aileen Wang, Kelly Yarbrough
Lisa Grossman
Lexi Janezic
Casey Whittier
Amanda Maciuba
Julie Nocent-Vigil
Ahram Park
Rachel Kauff
Mary Gordon
M12:Richard Saxton