2017 Artists


2017 resident artists in partnership with Crooked Tree Arts Center.


In residence: May 12 – June 9

•BILL+H.+PICTUREBill Hosterman is a tenured Associate Professor in the Foundation Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. He received his B.A. in Printmaking from Pennsylvania State University, and his M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University. Hosterman channels his creativity into drawings that he hand-paints with watercolors.

From May 12 – June 9, Hosterman will come north from Coopersville, MI to enjoy and be inspired by Good Hart’s natural environment, and explore relationships between humans, nature, and culture.

“I make artwork about relationships – between land and water, and nature and human progress. Through my personal experiences and research into the habitat, landscape and human history of an area, I create images that explore how nature defines humans and they, in turn, define nature. I will use the specific landscape and flora and fauna of the [Good Hart] area as the subject matter for my drawings.”

Hosterman has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the country and overseas, and he has attended artist residencies in Gatlinburg, TN, Ontonagon, MI, and Sheridan, WY.

“For this project, I will be employing a similar strategy at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist in Residency Program to one that I used during my three-week artists’ residency at The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There, I worked with scientists and park staff at the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center to discover the ways in which the park has changed over time in relationship to the human impact. The piece I am in the process of completing for this project is an examination of the connection between human-made light and its effects on the life of the park.”

CTAC Workshop: On Monday, June 5 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Bill will present the hands-on workshop, Working in Layers: Combining Pen, Watercolor and Other Media to Create an Image. Tuition for this workshop will be $10 for CTAC members and $15 for non-members.  Advanced registration is preferred.

For more information on Bill’s work please see his website – billhostermanprints.com


In residence: August 4 – 18

Hamilton Bio Pic 1Amanda Hamilton has been on staff at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN as Associate Professor of Art since 2013. She received her B.S. in Drawing and Painting from Biola 


University, and also has her M.F.A. in Painting from Claremont Graduate University. Hamilton’s artistic outlets take the form of drawings and paintings, but she has also spent time creating video works.

From August 4 – 18, Hamilton will take a break from her normal routine in Minneapolis, MN to experience Good Hart, MI and further delve into her current theme of darkness and illumination.

While at the Crooked Tree Arts Center my greatest intent is to be present, still, quiet and, perceptive. I intend to make paintings and drawings as well as exploring the possibility of video in relation to my current painting practice. I would [also] like to make a trip to explore the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. I have been working with darkness for the last two years and time at the Dark Sky Park would provide a unique experience available almost nowhere else in the U.S.

Hamilton works with oil and acrylic paints on both paper and stretched canvas. Her work sometimes takes the appearance of a scenic landscape, and other times, emphasizes loose gesture, rough marks, tension and illusion with a much more abstract result. She has been exhibiting in solo and group shows since 2001, and has been a presenter, guest lecturer, and has been the recipient of Artist Residencies in Boise, ID, Johnson, VT, and Idyllwild, CA.

“I have been fortunate to do some residencies over the last decade and I find the experience of being alone, in an unfamiliar environment, stimulates my ability to be focused and thoughtful in a way that feeds my practice for years after.”

CTAC Artist in Residence Talk: On Monday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m, Amanda Hamilton will present a talk entitled, Darkness and Subject/and or Object addressing the recent evolution of her work. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Amanda’s work please see her website: amandahamiltonart.com