2020 Residents

2021 Residents

Rehab El Sadek

In residence: May 8 – 22

In collaboration with the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

Rehab El Sadek is an Egyptian-born conceptual artist whose career has spanned over 25 years, working and exhibiting in over 17 countries and 4 continents. Utilizing mediums such as sound, photography, sculpture, and the written word, her work explores issues related to immigration, belonging, communication, and language. She has initiated workshops and creative social practice interventions on issues ranging from women’s rights in Sinai to the challenges facing disadvantaged children in Nairobi.

Career highlights include the “Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969 – 2009” group show at Museum voor Moderne Kunst and being selected by Jannis Kounellis for his Pavilion at Biennale Dei Giovanni Artisti in Rome. In addition to being a MacDowell Colony fellow, her awards and residencies include the Vermont Studio Center Residency, the UNESCO-supported Artists’ Bursaries at Gasworks Artists Studios in London, the Art Omi residency in Ghent, New York, the Thami Mnyele Residency Award in Amsterdam, and a Sharjah Biennale Installation Prize. She is the recent recipient of a Foundation For Contemporary Art Emergency Grant. In 2017, El Sadek was named the City of Austin’s first Artist-in-Residence, exploring environmental and social issues embedded in a city Department. 

She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. 

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Danielle Klebes

In residence: May 27 – June 10

Emerging Artist – In collaboration with Harbor Inc.

Danielle Klebes has exhibited at notable galleries and museums in New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, Quebec, Canada, and Istria, Croatia. She is spending much of 2019 and 2020 participating in domestic and international artist residencies. Danielle received her MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA, in 2017.

My current body of work explores and disrupts ideas of social expectations and gender norms by presenting queer bodies in utopic settings. ‘Utopia’ was coined in 1516 by Sir Thomas More from the Greek ‘outopos,’ which literally translates to ‘no place’ or ‘nowhere.’ A ‘perfect place’ is subjective and has a multitude of facades, but definitions are decided by those who have the power to write history. The figures in my work are often captured in moments of uncertainty and isolation, close in proximity but emotionally distant. They are positioned in liminal, natural environments with no clear entrance or exit pathway. There is a sense of the in-between without a clear narrative regarding what comes next. I employ a cool, colorful, and unnatural palette to highlight disconnection and lack of intimacy.

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Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

In residence: June 16 -30

Parent Artist – In collaboration with Crooked Tree Arts Center

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann received her BA from Brown University and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, a Fulbright grant to Taiwan, the AIR Gallery and Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Fellowships in New York, NY, and the Arts and Humanities Grant, Mayor’s Award and Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington, DC. Some of the venues where Mann has shown her work include the Walters Art Museum, American University Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Rawls Museum, the Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam, the US consulate in Dubai, UAE, and the US embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. Mann is currently an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Artist Statement

My work’s abstractions arise from the subjects I portray: ecological and geological cycles, processes of chemical corrosion and natural efflorescence. With roots in traditions of Chinese landscape painting, my monumentally sized paintings and installations evolve a fantastic, abstract vision of the natural world. My latest work confronts the challenge: the resuscitation of landscape painting in a world where “landscape” is represented and defined through an ever-widening field of digital, graphic, and visual forms. How can a painting capture flux, abundance, waste, fertility, and the collision and collusion of diverse forms? How can it respond to the pressure we place on our era’s fragile ecosystem? My paintings explore both questions by sustaining tension between what is artificial and what is natural, between what is chemical and what is biological, between organic and inorganic. The paper on which I paint is not only a recognition of a tradition of Chinese painting; it is also a medium of vulnerability and expansiveness, susceptible to crease and tear as well as to collage and collation. My own role in the creation of the paintings strikes a balance between the purpose and the protective. I trust to process, chance, and change, but I encourage, direct, and facilitate all of these. In my most recent work, I hope to live in the tradition of landscape painting, experiencing it for what it has always been: an occasion for radical experimentation and confrontation with the world, in the broadest sense of the term, that sustains us.

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Stephen Kade

In residence: July 29 – August 12

K-12 Art Educator – In collaboration with Crooked Tree Arts Center

Stephen Kade is a fine arts painter, illustrator, art educator, and graphic designer born and
raised in Detroit, MI. He now resides in Walled Lake, MI where he lives with his wife and two
children. He graduated from Oakland Community College with a degree in Graphic Design and
continued into the sign industry creating branding for many local businesses and clients for over
15 years. He went on to earn a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies in 2007
with a concentration in children’s book illustration and character design in watercolor and acrylic
paint.

In 2007, Stephen became a freelance artist and started Stephen Kade Illustration and Design
where he continued with his design work while illustrating childrenś books for various Michigan authors. In 2010, Stephen completed his life long goal of writing and illustrating his first childrenś book, If Kids Had Their Way. He also began teaching as an adjunct instructor at his alma matter, CCS where he worked for the Community Arts Partnership teaching weekly summer art camps for kids, and Computer Illustration and Graphic Novel classes.

Stephen realized he had a passion for teaching and returned to school to get his Arts Education certificate so he could begin a career teaching art at the K-12 level. He began teaching in 2014, and has worked at Lake Orion High School, Henry Ford Academy/ School for Creative Studies where he was Lead Art Teacher, and now he teaches at O.L. Smith MIddle School in Dearborn, MI teaching both 2D and 3D art classes. While on summer break in 2018, Stephen was chosen as the first art teacher to participate in the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Teacher at Sea Program. During his 17 day voyage on the Oregon II, he assisted scientists and focused on shark research. He painted over 20 paintings during the trip documenting the many species of sharks they caught, researched and released. Through this experience, he has incorporated science into his art lessons so kids can develop a deeper appreciation for their environment and conservation.

In 2010, Stephen began showing his illustration work in various art galleries as part of different group shows until he was accepted into juried shows in the Detroit metro area. In 2011, he was named the featured artist of the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. He is now in his tenth year of doing art festivals across Michigan and Ohio.

Stephenś painting work is varied and ranges from work that is colorful and whimsical and meant for kids of all ages, while some are thought provoking paintings that explore pop culture, science fiction, and retro- futurism. During his residency at Good Hart, he plans on exploring the beautiful landscapes of the area during the day to paint on site, and then go back to the studio to add imaginative extras during the night that will take his paintings beyond just the normal landscape painting aesthetic.

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Jonathan Korotko

In residence: August 21 – September 4

Michigan Artist

Jonathan Korotko is an artist who works with fiber in sculptural form. He visually and critically investigates domestic interiors in terms of gendered power dynamics. Working with yarn and string, Korotko wraps objects and creates new skins for them, cloaking and distorting the often sexualized associations of the original. Playful hand-rendered and applied surfaces create alternative imaginations of opulence and theatricality. He wants people to think about the significance of ornamentation and decoration as part of political mobilization in feminist and queer history. He received his MFA in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019 and has exhibited across the United States as well as internationally. Jonathan has been an artist-in-residence at Ox-Bow School of Art and Franconia Sculpture Park, and will be a resident at PlySpace, The Studios at MASS MoCA, and Good Hart Artist Residency in 2020.

Artist Statement / Project

I look at how exotic animal imagery was incorporated into ornamental designs and patterns that covered all manners of wall surfaces and furniture in eighteenth-century France, England, and the Netherlands. The popularity of these designs and objects was part of a program of cultivating aesthetic taste that focused on exotic animal imagery as signifiers of class and as vehicles of desire. The pursuit of the exotic spoke to imperialistic ideologies of territorial expansion and the acceleration of consumption as part of fashion under colonial modernity. I would like to combine this historical research of how taste and desire were formed through exotic animal imagery with my long standing interest in perfume bottles. After all, perfume bottles hold scents that are associated with romantic pursuit, which has historically been coded in predatorial terms. The bedchamber, dressing room, and powder room are specifically noteworthy, as these are spaces of self-preparation where individuals are primed for courtship and where they are often surrounded by animal iconographies that allegorize pursuit. How might we think of these interiors as fantasy spaces in which taste and desire are trained in terms of animalistic instincts? How are subjects of conquest and courting imagined through pattern and ornament? 

My new body of sculptures would incorporate fiber-based materials that allude to exotic animal commodities, be it feather, fur, leather, or ivory. This work would begin during my residency at MASS MoCA in winter 2020, during which I will be in the fiber studios to weave tapestries that will be applied as upholstery onto furniture-based wooden forms. I plan to continue this work while at Good Hart.

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Céline Browning

In residence: August 21 – September 4

Michigan Artist

Céline Browning is an artist, art writer and educator currently based in Michigan and Ohio. She was born and raised in Chicago to a family of new media artists and activists whose work addresses a range of topics connected with social justice. Open engagement with social and political issues is a consistent part of her approach to creating meaningful works of art, and her studio work is specifically engaged in an active exploration of power dynamics in American culture. Many of her recent projects are moored in a sense of local history, using objects and symbols as portraits of communities.

She began her career in metalsmithing and fibers, focusing on the conceptual potential of functional objects. While the core of her creative work is conceptually based sculpture, she has also worked in wearables, sound installation, and augmented reality. Her work has been exhibited extensively, most notably through a three-year travelling group exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum (2017-2020), a solo show at Northwestern University (2019), as well as group shows at the Stony Island Arts Bank (2018) and the Pinakothek Der Moderne in Munich (2014). In the fall of 2019, she was named a finalist in the Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy
Yeck Award. She is currently an Affiliate Professor of Art at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Artist Statement

I have a deep fascination with the diaristic capacity of everyday items; even the most mundane things have the ability to reveal truths about the social systems of which they are a product. In this way, banal objects such as clothing from a thrift store, children’s toys, and national flags can be seen as keys to our collective psyche; they contain the story of our past mistakes, our current woes, and our hopes for the future.
Through my work, I investigate the complexity of American identity in the 21st century, and how that identity is made manifest through visual language. Like many symbols, those associated with American identity are both sacred and profane in nature. As a sacred object, the American flag is used to cover the caskets of fallen soldiers, but as a profane image it is used as a print for bikinis, bumper stickers, even toilet paper. A gun can be associated with the founding of the United States and the sacred duty of police officers to protect their community; yet this symbol is also fraught, bearing with it a history of institutional violence and brutal subjugation. While visual symbols are often imagined to be immutable, they are in fact shifting signifiers whose meaning changes according to context, and how one interprets these symbols is often used as a way to delineate between social groups. Besides being reductive and potentially dangerous, this method of categorization can show the extreme limitation of these American icons. Complex ideas, emotions, and histories deserve complex symbols. Using the vocabulary of surrealism and pop-art, I deconstruct, combine, and repurpose this American visual shorthand, creating objects which seem frozen in transition, caught between contradictory states of being. By destroying, investigating, and ultimately rebuilding common symbols associated with American identity, I aim to question the relationship between signifier and signified, image and object, sacred and profane.

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Jan Shoemaker

In residence: September 23 – October 7

In collaboration with Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Jan Shoemaker is the author of the essay collection, Flesh and Stones: Field Notes from a Finite World, and the poetry collection, The Reliquary Earth. Born and raised a Michigander, Jan lived in both the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeast before returning to Michigan to write and teach and raise a family. She received the Greater Lansing United Nations Association Loy La Salle Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Education for her classroom work in literature and in world religions.

Jan’s essays and poems have been anthologized, featured on public radio, and published in many magazines and journals including The Sun, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Colorado Review, Evening Street Review, Still Point Arts Quarterly, and Upstreet. She received Confrontation Magazine’s 2017 Poetry Prize and her essays have been “nominated,” she says, “in that always a bridesmaid way” for the Pushcart Prize. She participated in a teaching residency at Walden Pond in 2018 and has run workshops at sundry writing conferences. She has an MFA in Creative Writing.

Jan’s essays and poems explore the natural world and our human relation within and, as self-conscious creatures, to it. What does it mean to be, and know oneself to be, a transient here on Earth? What larger reality do we not perceive because, as Thoreau says, “our vision does not penetrate the surface of things?” What might we notice if we paid better attention? What are our moral obligations to each other; what does it feel like to fall short of our own best intentions; and finally, what comprises our hope of and struggle for redemption? These are the questions that drive Jan’s literary explorations. Her work, she insists, is not for people who always get life right, but for people who fall down here and there and struggle to get back up and do a little better by the world. As she does: again and again and again.      

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Samuel James Stover

In residence: October 16 – 30

In collaboration with Little Traverse Conservancy

Sam Stover was born in Birmingham, Alabama and currently based in New York City, Sam Stover is currently completing his MFA from Hunter College in New York, and also teaches an undergraduate writing workshop there. His fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse and has been received honorable mentions in Glimmer Train’s New Writer’s Award and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Fiction Contest. Sam’s fiction often focuses on queerness and gender, as well as on memory and its impacts on identity. Some of the writers who continue to inspire him are W.G. Sebald, Garth Greenwell, and Maggie Nelson.

At Good Hart, Sam will continue working on a novel that explores climate change and its psychological impacts, as well as gender identity and family relationships. Good Hart’s emphasis on solitude and connection to the natural world as a foundation for artistic practice makes it the perfect place to contemplate the ecological themes of the novel, and focus on crafting its central chapters.

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2021 Residencies

Monica Rico

In residence: January 8 – 22, 2021

Monica Rico is a second generation Mexican-American who grew up in Saginaw, Michigan alongside General Motors and the legend of Theodore Roethke. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program and works for the Bear River Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared in Anomaly, Pleiades, Black Warrior Review, BOAAT, Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist), and Split this Rock. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and Macondista.

She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection, PINION, a magical realist history of Mexican migration to Michigan and its impact on the building of the General Motors empire. This collection focuses on family history, the roles of women, and intergenerational trauma.

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Jen Breach

In residence: January 27 – February 10, 2021

Jen Breach was born and raised in rural Australia, she currently lives and writes in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of CLEM HETHERINGTON AND THE IRONWOOD RACE and SOMETHING’S AMISS AT THE ZOO as well as numerous short comics and essays anthologized in EXPLORER and elsewhere. She is a candidate for an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, focusing on picture book poetry and non-fiction. Jen believes that stories about social justice, inclusion and empathy make us and the world better…along with a good dash of mischief.

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Scott Dorsch

In residence: February 13 – 27, 2021

Scott Dorsch was born in Georgia, raised in Michigan. He is an M.F.A. Creative Writing candidate and Writing in the Wild Fellow at the University of Idaho. His fiction has appeared in The Midwestern Gothic. Beyond writing, he is a gardener, musician, and certified wildlife tracker with a rock-climbing obsession. He currently serves as the Fiction Editor for Fugue Literary Journal.

At Good Hart, Scott will continue working on his novel based on his short story, “Holes or Tunnels,” published in the Midwestern Gothic in the summer of 2018. Set in the dunes and shoreline of Lake Michigan, the novel follows a reluctant Park Ranger who gets wrapped up in a missing-persons case connected to the mysterious appearance of “bottomless” holes in the park’s vast dune system. With themes of loss, solastagia, and survival, his novel works to make visible the threads that connect humans to wilderness and to each other. He’s very much looking forward to having the time and head-space to continue his work on the novel and to be re-inspired by the dunes, woodlands, and communities of Northern Michigan.

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Steph Sorensen

In residence: March 5 -19, 2021

Parent Writer

Steph Sorensen (she/her) is a feminist writer mom. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She has participated in several invited readings of her poetry, at the Prague International Writers Festival, the Connecticut Poetry Festival, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Night of Fresh Voices, and others. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Writing the Unreal retreat at the Highlights Foundation where she worked on revising a young adult novel manuscript. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Mississippi Review, Matchbook and 3Elements Review. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, PA.

Steph splits her time between parenting her very energetic six-year-old, writing novels for young adults, and writing poetry and short stories for grownups. She is currently at work on a collection of short form writing consisting of poetry, prose poems and flash fiction, as well as work that blurs the boundaries between those genres. This collection will explore themes of motherhood, womanhood, identity and erasure. She enjoys employing aspects of speculative writing and magical realism as metaphor, and experimenting with form and structure. She is incredibly grateful to have been granted this residency for its generous two weeks of solitude and unbroken focus on writing, and intends to use this time to continue drafting and revision for this intra-genre short forms collection.

Follow Steph on Twitter and Instagram: @phenompen

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