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Our artist in residency program aims to incorporate environmental literature, history, photography, and fine art with scientific research. Exposure to a wide range of plant materials and environments are a means to increase our interdisciplinarity in our course offerings and educate a diverse range of audiences. Presentations and workshops by artists, historians, botanical illustrators, musicians, writers and other creative media enrich students' perspectives on landscape and global change. 

Programs vary, but residencies are typically 2 to 4 weeks in length. Often artists are invited to participate in Conservatory programs by sharing their art with the public. 

Current artist: Ursula Hargens

artist in residence Hargens stands in her studio with apronUrsula Hargens is a ceramic artist and educator based in Minneapolis. Ursula has been a teaching artist for many years and is co-founder and Program Head of Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE), an advanced certificate program in ceramics, developed in 2014 in partnership with Northern Clay Center. She is a three-time McKnight Artist Fellow and has received additional awards from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her most recent project, funded by an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, collaborated with scientists and naturalists who are working to preserve and manage Minnesota’s natural resources.

Hargens says, “I often use flowers as a lens through which to view our changing climate, specifically within the state of Minnesota. Our impact on the environment and declining biodiversity can be difficult to comprehend in the abstract, but focusing attention on an endangered, forest wildflower can evoke an intimate sense of loss. The ceramic work will endure, unchanged for thousands of years, but the species itself may not survive without our intervention.”

Previous artist: LOTT

LOTT is a Minneapolis-based musician who writes and plays experimental violin pieces. She wrote the piece "Biomes" for the opening of Roots to Healing: A brief survey of the past, present & future of plant-based remedies in Minnesota, an exhibition organized by CBS Conservatory.

Previous artist: Regan Golden

Regan is a photographer and visiting assistant professor in the Art Department at the U of M. Her most recent work focuses on the way plants interact with their environment and the adaptations they make to survive.

Experience the Conservatory through Regan's lens.