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Artist at Pine Needles

2014 Artists at Pine Needles Announced

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station has announced the selection of the Summer 2014 Artists at Pine Needles. Dave Beck of Menomonie, Wisconsin, Anne Marie Queenan of St. Paul and David Spohn of Lindstrom will participate this summer. The residencies will begin in May and continue through late August.

For the first time, the program welcomes back a previous participant for a second residency. 3D digital artist and sculptor Beck produced a digital animation titled "Log Jam" when he was an Artist at Pine Needles in 2010. Now teaching in the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Beck produces new media with a historical and environmental focus. His residency plans are to design a 3D interactive video environment, incorporating themes from the exploration and development of the American Midwest.

Anne Marie Queenan is a writer, video and documentary producer who has worked since 2008 on projects conveying important issues affecting the Minnesota River. She plans to develop an oral and video history/blog which profiles the natural history of the St. Croix River. She will collect and share stories, images, and sounds of the river valley.

David Spohn's art has been focused on two fronts, the creation of books and the art of printmaking. He creates solar plate etchings; a recent series of dragonflies was supported by a McKnight Foundation Fellowship grant with selections included in the permanent collection at the University of Minnesota-Morris. He plans to delve deeply into the environment of the river valley and commit to creating art that both celebrates the river and educates about its challenges.


Artist at Pine Needles

The Artist at Pine Needles residency program invites natural history artists or writers to spend 2 to 4 weeks to immerse themselves in a field experience, gather resource materials, and interact with environmental scientists and the local community.

Drawing of Pine Needles cabin by Dave Brandon. Dave Brandon © 2003

The setting for the Artist at Pine Needles project is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village along the St. Croix River.

Pine cone and needles drawing by Dave Brandon

Applications will be accepted from writers and visual artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with environmental scientists and to create links between their art, the natural world and the sciences.

As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community and to contribute an original work for the benefit of the research station.

Housing and rustic studio space is provided for the artists' choice of a 2 to 4 week residency.

How to apply

Application materials for each summer's residencies are posted here during the first week of January. Applications are accepted until the end of February (check annually for exact dates), and artists are notified of the selection decision by the first of April. Two or three residents are selected each year.

For more information, contact , Assistant Director at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, (651) 433-5953 ext. 13.

Participants - Artist at Pine Needles


Bonnie Ploger (Shoreview, Minnesota)

Bonnie Ploger


Susan Armington (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Susan Armington


Su Smallen (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Su Smallen


Jessica Zeglin (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Jessica Zeglin


Sally Gierke (Bettendorf, Iowa)

Sally Gierke


Ryan Rodgers (Osceola, Wisconsin)

Ryan Rodgers


William Powers (New York City, New York)

Willian Powers


Jim Proctor (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Jim Proctor


David Luke (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

David Luke


Dave Beck (Potsdam, New York)
Digital Artist

Dave Beck


Michael Eble (Morris, Minnesota)

Michael Eble


Jeanne Kosfeld (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Jeanne Kosfeld


Bethany Kalk (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Bethany Kalk


Ann Myers (Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota)

Ann Myers


Robin Smith (Denver, Colorado)

Robin Smith


Anne Canright (Del Rey Oaks, California)

Anne Canright


Kathleen Heideman (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Kathleen Heideman


Darcy Love (Sauk City, Wisconsin)
Fiber artist

Darcy Love


Mark Odegard (Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota)
Painter, creative journalist

Mark Odegard


Vera Ming Wong (River Falls, Wisconsin)
Painter, botanical and scientific illustrator

Vera Ming Wong


Kim Gordon (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Kim Gordon


Rebecca Silus (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Rebecca Silus


Linda Gammell (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Linda Gammell


Stephanie Torbert (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Stephanie Torbert


Naomi Cohn (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Naomi Cohn


Gwen Partin (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Gwen Partin


Merlyn Chesterman (Devon, England)

Merlyn Chesterman


Susan Maakestad (Memphis, Tennessee)

Susan Maakestad


Seitu Jones (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Photographer/visual artist

Seitu Jones


David Morrison (St. Paul, Minnesota)

David Morrison


Laurie Allmann (Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota)
Environmental writer

Laurie Allmann