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Artist in Residence Artists Roster: Visual Artists

Lisa Arnold

Photo of Lisa ArnoldLisa Arnold is an experienced multidisciplinary mosaic artist who enjoys leading school/community art projects where participants work together to create mosaic murals and/or nature art in response to the written word.  Through her residency, Lisa empowers young artists to engage with themselves and the diverse world around them by honing their visual, technical, and poetic abilities.  Students are encouraged to use their life experiences to create art, and art experiences to create their lives.  Lisa provides student with tools for art interpretation and creation and builds their capacity for expressing themselves in positive, productive, and creative ways - both inside and outside the classroom.
Lisa’s 20 years of experience in the arts and education, and doctoral studies in art, theater, and social change at the University of Minnesota have influenced her work as both a professional and teaching artist.  Lisa also works as a self-employed artist creating mosaic art, installation art, and theater.  Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.

Contact Information:
Lisa Arnold, Minneapolis
Email:; Phone: (612) 724-0171
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Guillermo Guardia (Memo)

MemoGuillermo Guardia (Memo) was born in Lima, Perú. Guardia earned a MFA in ceramics at University of North Dakota in 2005, and a MS in Industrial Technology in 2009.  Guardia’s ceramics sculptures depict personal, social and political aspects of society and have been in exhibits regionally and nationally. Guardia works at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks as artist in residence. As part of his job in the Rural Art Programs, Guardia travels around the state to small communities to teach ceramics workshops. These workshops have reached from kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school to nursing homes. During his 5 days workshops, students learn ceramic handbuilding techniques to create simple small figures and functional objects. Guillermo compliments his learning experiences with drawing, painting, and other projects.

Contact information:
Phone: (701) 777-4195

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Laura Heit-Youngbird

Photo of LauraLaura, who has a distinctive American Indian perspective in her work, helps students look for connections, repeated images, colors, textures, and forms to create a body of work composed of a series of images. She also explains basic ideas like the Four Directions, Four Colors, and Four Ages of Mankind.

Laura Heit-Youngbird
Breckenridge, Minnesota
(218) 643-9248
(701) 642-4167
E-mail Laura at; and/or

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William Hessian

Photo of William HessianWilliam Hessian teaches art focusing on creativity and fun, while introducing skill building techniques. William teaches all mediums of art, including printmaking, ceramics and sculpture; and also enjoys teaching themed classes like storytelling, communication with art, comic books, mazes, manga and games. William's classes are high energy and jam packed with multiple projects that take advantage of different styles and personalities in the classroom. During each of William's residencies he complete a public miniature art hunt, in which the community searches for miniature artworks in their local parks. Art is treasure, both creating it, finding it, or experiencing it; that is the focus of William Hessian's teachings.

Contact William:
St. Louis Park, MN
(612) 788-4076
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Jane Kalmbach, Dakota Blessing

Jane KalmbachAs an artist and teacher, Jane brings her knowledge and love of art to the classroom. Her goal is to provide a comfortable and inspiring workshop that will encourage students in their artistic growth, build their self-confidence, and nurture the artist in all of them. During a residency, she will work with the school to develop a program that will meet the needs and interests of the students and teachers involved, and fulfill the related curriculum standards.
A variety of mediums will be available to the students, including pastels, watercolor, acrylic, color pencil and clay sculpture.  She will introduce basic art concepts and provide opportunities for students to explore different techniques and methods to create works they will be proud of. Jane owns Dakota Blessings Art Studio in Kenmare. She is co-founder and director of Kenmare Summer Arts Institute,  a Certified Zentangle Instructor, teaches private youth art, teaches under NDCA teacher incentive grants and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp Program. Overview of available residency plans available at

Contact Jane Kalmbach
Website : 

Professional Development: Defining Arts Integration, Reading Portraits as Biographies, Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe-Infer-Inquire, Documenting the Power of Learning Through the Arts - Presented by Melanie Layne, course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, Washington, DC.  July, 2013

Certified Zentangle Instructor,  CZT Seminar, Providence, RI.  June, 2014

Mapping the Journey, Planning Effective Residencies for Students, presented by Melanie Layne, course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, Washington, DC.  August, 2014

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Wendy Klug

Photo of Wendy KlugWendy Klug is a certified teacher who has ten years of experience teaching art as a resident artist in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Wendy has studied the fields of photography, graphic design, visual arts, and communication at the University of North Dakota.  She also received her teaching degree in elementary education with an emphasis in art. 

Wendy brings her high energy and enthusiasm into the classroom through the use of multiple mediums, including but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, papermaking, and photography. She provides lesson that are student-orientated and age-appropriate.  These lesson s are hands-on and mentally stimulating, encouraging students to apply newly learned techniques and skills all while still allowing them to express themselves as an individual artist.  Wendy can teach classes that are focused on one medium, one art period, or a complete unit of lessons that are built around National and State Art Standards.

Wendy Klug
Grand Forks, ND
(701) 741-5578

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Ali LaRock

Photo of AliAli LaRock is visual artist living and working in Bismarck, North Dakota. Ali creates art in the areas of painting, drawing, and mixed media. Ali grew up in New Town, North Dakota. She received her B.F.A. in painting from Minnesota State University, Moorhead in 1998. Besides creating art Ali enjoys teaching art to children through various artist in residency opportunities through organizations such as the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Theo Art School, Plains Art Museum, Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre and Art Camp, and the International Music Camp. During the school year, Ali travels to different schools throughout North Dakota as a visiting artist.  When she is not traveling Ali works on her own art, gives private lessons and art birthday parties, and also offers after school classes  through Theo Art School in Bismarck. Her summers are also spent traveling and teaching at art camps and art programs through various organizations.

Ali LaRock’s Residency Goals: Ali’s goal for a residency is to provide the students with an inspiring and comfortable environment to encourage and enhance personal expression, decision-making skills, and self-confidence. Students will learn the basic techniques and concepts of various media and are then challenged to push the projects in their own personal directions. A variety of lessons in the areas of painting, drawing, bookmaking, papermaking, printmaking, sculpture, puppet making, mask making, and collage are available for schools to choose from. Ali is also interested in working with schools to plan residencies to fit the specific needs and interests of their students. Special projects can also be planned to integrate art with the curriculum.

Ali LaRock
Bismarck, North Dakota
(701) 323-7617
E-mail Ali

Professional Development: Defining Arts Integration, Reading Portraits as Biographies, Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe-Infer-Inquire, Documenting the Power of Learning Through the Arts - Presented by Melanie Layne, course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, Washington, DC.  July, 2013.

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David Paukert

David Paukert's photoDavid Paukert has been an artist and teacher in the North Dakota Public Schools for over thirty years. Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2008, David has been an independent Artist in Residence (AIR) for the Larimore Public Schools. He joined the North Dakota Council on the Arts, AIR program in the fall of 2013. During the residency, he will individualize a program of instruction that encourages students to explore a variety of media, techniques and art concepts. Lessons will be designed to be informative, fun and nurture success. All lessons will be developed to fulfill state curriculum standards, focusing on cross-curriculum instruction. David brings a broad base of knowledge and art expertise to the classroom. As teacher and professional photographer, he has been photographing the North Dakota prairie for over twenty years. Since 1992, David’s business, Pastime Prints has provided retail outlets and private collectors his beautiful images of the North Dakota prairie. This past year David released a photography book, “Visions of the Prairie: MY NORTH DAKOTA JOURNEY” celebrating the scenic beauty and rural heritage of North Dakota.

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Robin Reynolds

Photo of Robin ReynoldsRobin’s goal of a residency is to provide the students with clay hand-building skills and to introduce clay as being useful and valued. She enjoys showing the cultural traditions of clay as they pertain to Greece, Japan, and West Africa. Projects may include tiles, carving clay animals, and hut-building. Robin is especially interested in working with North Dakota’s regional clay and is the owner of Dakotah Clayworks in Hebron, North Dakota.

Robin Reynolds
Hebron, North Dakota
( 701) 878-4060

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Steve Stark

Steve Stark photoSteve Stark’s school visits are always entertaining, educational and vibrant. Your students will enjoy his unique Illustrated North Dakota History presentations as well as get engaged during his residency exploring the art of cartooning. They’ll learn basic cartoon drawing techniques and unlock their inner cartoonist with a series of classes that explore the serious fun of creating cartoon characters, expressions, movement, caricature, single and multiple panel cartoons, editorial cartoons  and storytelling. Besides being fun; drawing cartoons involves creative thinking, planning, design awareness and coordination of the mind and hands.

Steve is a working illustrator, cartoonist, presenter and performer. He has received state and national awards for editorial cartooning and has appeared across the nation with his humanities programs.

Happy Gnu year drawing by Steve StarkSteve Stark
Fargo, North Dakota
Daytime phone: (701) 235-1556
E-mail Steve

Professional Development: Defining Arts Integration, Reading Portraits as Biographies, Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe-Infer-Inquire, Documenting the Power of Learning Through the Arts - Presented by Melanie Layne, course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, Washington, DC.  July, 2013.

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Kathleen Tebelius

Photo of KathleenKathleen Tebelius is a free-lance artist who brings to the classroom a variety of mediums designed to encourage the artist in all students. Exploring new mediums available to students has been a substantial part of Kathy's teaching career. A variety of methods will be used to ensure a meaningful residency. Possible areas of study will include painting, drawing, printmaking, poster development, and murals of all sizes. Kathy's goal in a residency is to work with the school to enhance the students' arts education.

Kathleen Tebelius
Bowdon, North Dakota
(701) 962-3866
E-mail Kathleen

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Markus Tracy

Markus TracyMarkus brings his passion and expertise to schools, non-profits, and community organizations interested in developing site-specific projects and community murals that celebrate history and cultural diversity, explore current events and socioeconomic concerns, and promote tolerance and respect. Through a collaborative process that includes students, teachers, and community members, Markus draws upon relationships and shared-dialogue to develop the foundation for his projects.  Students learn to examine and express their world through arts integration techniques that are interesting and exciting, common core goals,  and enhance critical thinking skills.

See examples of Markus’s work at:

Professional Development: Artists Training in Arts and Aging - National Center for Creative Aging – January, 014

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Bonnie Tressler

Bonnie TresslerAs an artist and bookmaker, Bonnie believes the arts are essential for developing creative thinking skills, synthesizing information and for making cross-curricular connections. Through her collaborations with teachers, Bonnie creates projects that explore the interconnectedness between arts and craft, bookmaking, literacy and curriculum. Bonnie provides guided instruction which balances technique and precision, with freedom, imagination and creativity. Students create unique and original, hand-made books and boxes which become containers for art, stories, and written messages.  Through Bonnie’s residencies, students and teachers alike discover the joy and satisfaction of making art that “tells-the-story” of what they see, think, wonder and imagine.

Bonnie Tressler
Jamestown, North Dakota
(701) 252-8733
E-mail Bonnie

Professional Development: Defining Arts Integration, Reading Portraits as Biographies, Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe-Infer-Inquire, Documenting the Power of Learning Through the Arts - Presented by Melanie Layne, course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, Washington, DC.  July, 2013.

Picturing Writing – Presented by Beth Olshansky, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-based Literacy at the University of New Hampshire.  June, 2013

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Monte Yellow Bird Sr. (Black Pinto Horse) & Emily Yellow Bird
Artist in Residence team name: Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts

Photo of Monte and Emily Yellow BirdWalk down a trail of color, stories and heritage with husband and wife duo, Emily and Monte Yellow Bird.  They will guide your students down this vibrant trail to new discoveries, creativity and self exploration using the springboard of art and culture, weaving together golden threads of history, math and science and trimming it with character building and healthy choices.  As you trot down this trail together, they will invite you to share your accomplishment and set new goals as you compose visual art projects such as Mud Ponies, Warrior Shields, Ledger Art and Winter Counts.  If you’re going to shine, shine brightly, Mr. Yellow Bird’s coined phrase is just what you will be doing as you exchange gifts while respecting and supporting one another.

Providing educational programs since 2004 with their fine arts and educational company, Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts, this team compliments one another as they share their appreciation of education and art, providing on average, 20 weeks of programs and servicing thousands of students a year.  Together, they carry more than 30 years of experience working with children; At- risk students, Native American Reservation &Residential Schools, Public Schools, K-12, Universities, Alternative schools, Job Corps, TRIO and 21st Century programs, Canadian Educational Reserves, Boy’s Town Nebraska, and Home-Based Behavioral Support. Monte is a member of the Arikara and Hidatsa Nation from Fort Berthold Reservation, Whiteshield ND and they live in Great Falls MT where he completed a two year Artist in Residence contract with the Paris Gibson Square Museum and Great Falls Public Schools 2007 and 2008.  Black Pinto Horse, as he is best known in the art world, is an internationally recognized and a nationally renowned First Nation artist with a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree (Minot State University), historian and storyteller.  A few recent coups include, commission for Vancouver Community College- British Columbia, designed horse sculpture for the Trail of Painted Ponies- AZ, Artist in Residence with the Eiteljorg Museum- IN, recipient of the Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship of the First Peoples Fund- SD and commissioned mural for North Dakota State University.  Emily is a practicing artist with a Bachelors of Science in education K-6 (Messiah College) and years of classroom experience; 3rd and 5th grade, Librarian (K-5) and Art Teacher (K-6).  A few recent coups include, paintings sold during the Paris Gibson Square, Holter and Yellowstone Museum’s Auctions.

Our mission: To provide high quality art education to a wide range of audiences while creating an environment conducive to learning, where individuals feel safe to take and share a historical, personal and visual journey through self expression. Our Goals: 1) Increase the participants' knowledge and understanding of their cultural identity. 2) Focus on creating an awareness and aesthetical appreciation of the arts. 3) Provide an interactive, hands-on, stimulating environment which inspires the individual to explore. 4) Enhance students' imagination and develop self awareness.

Black Pinto Horse/Monte Yellow Bird Sr. & Emily Yellow Bird
Wilsall, MT 59086
Telephone: 1-406-578-2187

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Mark Zimmerman

Photo of Mark ZimmermanThe general goals for a typical residency are two-fold. First, the student's imaginative powers are exercised with supportive attention to the essential idea that if a child can imagine it, they can do it. Second, the student's technique and ability to manipulate the formal building blocks of visual art are developed sequentially to provide increasingly refined tools for self-expression. When a student learns the ABCs, sentence structure, and grammar of art as a visual language, every student can better tell the visual tales each holds inside. Residencies may include drawing, painting, mural creation/painting, printmaking, sculpture, and art history/appreciation.

Mark Zimmerman
Deadwood, South Dakota
(605) 342-2552
E-mail Mark

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Mary Wipf Zimmerman

Mary Wipf ZimmermanThe ancient techniques of Turkish marbling and Japanese suminagashi have survived the mists of time and are brought to life during a paper marbling residency with Mary. Everyone loves the magical mantra of motion, color and pattern that is the essence of the marbling process. Nearly as amazing are the many fascinating and tangible connections these art forms have with science and history.

Mural painting is a great way to leave a fun and indelible mark both on the minds of participants and on the public hallway or multipurpose room. Mary has overseen the production of over 100 murals and weaves in lessons about color theory and design during the project. A common side-effect is the development of pride and ownership of common property. Murals average about 8’ x 24’ in size but have been as tall as 20’ and as long as 100’. Each mural is custom tailored to fit location and audience.

In today’s complex world, it is more important than ever to imagine and create. Since 1983, Mary Wipf has participated in nearly 800 weeks of residencies throughout the Dakotas and Manitoba in numerous school systems, community libraries, art centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and special needs institutions.

Mary believes that art—the creative expression of one’s unique self—helps to satisfy the need to learn and communicate at a basic level: “Through art, we experience a broadened and more intense awareness of ourselves and the world around us. Art helps us to find truth and understanding. People are our most important resource. It is imperative that their creativity be sparked and cultivated to enrich their lives and at the same time enhance society as a whole.”

Participants learn skills and build confidence in Mary’s residencies which emphasize hands-on experiences, but may also include teacher in-service workshops, PowerPoints and community presentations. Media explored may encompass printmaking, drawing, paper marbling or creation of a mural. Grade levels: Pre-K-12 & Adults. Drawing/Murals/Printmaking/Paper Marbling.

Mary Wipf Zimmerman
Deadwood, SD 57732
phone: 605-342-2552

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