2017 Residents



ExAIR residencies offer students exciting opportunities to meet and work with renowned artists exhibiting at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Participants learn more about the artist practice and explore the creative process with the artists.

Songwriting Workshop with musicians Jim White and Paul Fonfara

Workshop participants learned about song structure, chord progression, and discussed how music can influence text and vice versa. After this introduction groups explored work from the exhibition, collected ideas for the core of a song. Using a call and response approach they fashioned a beat oriented rhythm for songs. Ultimately working toward a recorded song that reflected works and ideas of the FOLK & FABLE exhibition.

Listen to songs by workshop participants:

Emergy Blagdon >

Docent Testimony >

Geckos >

She Roams >

Moving On >

Zine Making with Faythe Levine

Workshop groups explored work from the exhibition FOLK & FABLE, learning about workshop artist Faythe Levine’s response to the collection.

Through discussion in the gallery, participants got to know Faythe and her work. Upon completion of this brief discussion, participants returned to the ARTery to learn about zines—a self published “magazine” that has no rules in the process of making. Zines exist outside of the mainstream traditional media. Participants engaged in developing subject, text and images for creation of their own zines.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Kohler Foundation, Inc.