The Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program
Exploring the beauty and inspiring nature of Forest Park through the work of talented artists.
To help mark its 30th anniversary, Forest Park Forever invited three artists to participate in an artist residency in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO, between May – September 2016. Artists were encouraged to work in the Park and engage with the Forest Park Forever and City of St. Louis teams, including horticulturists and gardeners. This residency is meant to provide an opportunity to artists of all kinds, from composers to painters, photographers to dancers, weavers to poets and beyond.
- You can read our official February 9 project announcement here
- Click here for the press release announcing our talented roster of artists!
- "New artist-in-residence program helps Forest Park Forever turn 30" – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- The Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program Featured on HEC-TV
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Introducing the 2016 Forest Park Forever Artists in Residence!
WORK/PLAY a multidisciplinary design duo based in St. Louis. Kevin is an alumnus of the University of Missouri St. Louis where he earned a BFA in Graphic Communication. Danielle attended Webster University where she studied International Relations. The two often use illustration and minimalist design, along with experimental printmaking practices, to create works that disseminate a message, spark dialogue and inspire an audience. Their expansive printmaking practice not only includes 2-dimensional design, but also product design that makes use of various textile techniques to create 3-dimensional surfaces. WORK/PLAY has shown their work at the Mark Miller Gallery in New York, The Sheldon Galleries in St. Louis and a host of other local galleries in the St. Louis metropolitan area. WORK/PLAY has designed and partnered with AIGA St. Louis, Knife & Flag and Glaceau VitaminWater to name a few. They continuously experiment with new techniques, seeking to push beyond the perceived boundaries of art, design and printmaking.
What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musicians? You get The 442s, a genre-defying acoustic quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who plays piano, guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. For the Forest Park Forever residency, they will be joined by percussionist and frequent collaborator Montez Coleman. This unique collaboration, formed in the Spring of 2012, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing and inventive improvisation, all while breaking down barriers between jazz, classical, folk and pop music. The 442s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities and collaborations. This search has taken them to venues and concert series throughout the Midwest, including Powell Symphony Hall and Jazz at the Bistro. The 442s self-titled debut album was released in 2014 and has been featured on hundreds of radio stations across the country. Their next album, Relay, was recorded at Powell Symphony Hall and Shock City Studios and was released in June 2016.
Madeline Marak completed a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013. Her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, is the birthplace of her creative pursuits. Marak’s practice is an investigation of the experience of overlooked spaces where the built environment and natural environment are interwoven. Her work in the studio consists of arrangements of photographs and paintings. Her public sculpture work are structures that frame the space they are within, bringing attention to unnoticed outdoor spaces. The Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program will be Marak’s third public art project in St. Louis.
The 442s in Concert
Join us for the closing event of The 442s residency on Thursday, September 29 in the Trolley Room of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center. The 442s will debut an original composition and series of videos produced during their time in Forest Park. Doors at 7:00, show at 7:30.
This FREE event is now SOLD OUT! There may be standing room available for those arriving without RSVPs.
Our resident artists were selected by an esteemed volunteer jury of local arts and community leaders. We are grateful for the time and expertise of the following individuals.
For inquiries about the Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program, please email Katy Peace at email@example.com. No phone calls, please.