COLLIDER artist-in-residence program

COLLIDER, the South Central Regional Library’s artist-in-residence program, connects the public with art and the people who create it. Special studio space within the Library allows artists to create on-site. Patrons are encouraged to drop in, interact, and learn about different artistic processes, and participate in special workshops for the public.

Generous funding from Councilwoman Madonna Flood makes the COLLIDER Artist-In-Residence program possible.

Our 2018 COLLIDER artists are:

June 2018 Mark McGee, Leather Craftsman

Mark McGee - June 2018
Leather Craftsman

Mark S. McGee cites his artistic family as a strong influence on his work as a leather craftsman. He chose to leave his corporate job to pursue leather crafting fulltime and is happy that his decision has led to his work being shown in galleries and boutiques in Louisville. His work consists mainly of leather creations as well as assorted mixed media art using upcycled materials. See examples of his work here.

Mark will teach introductory leather workshops for children and adults during his COLLIDER workshops. Check them out here.

July 2018 Randy Gray, Cartoonist

Randy Gray - July 2018

Randy Gray II began his career at a young age copying the cartoons he would see on tv and in the newspaper. He is a graduate of duPont Manual High School's Visual Art program and the University of Kentucky. His work includes My Quest for Cool, and Lil Dude. His comic book Lil Dude and Rooney Explore Black History was put into circulation at the JCPS library. Randy has extensive experience leading cartooning comic book creation workshops for summer camps and schools. He draws every day, illustrating children's books and creating caricatures.

Randy will teach cartooning workshops for children and teens during his tenure at the COLLIDER.

August 2018 Aaron Rosenblum, Sound Artist

Aaron Rosenblum - August 2018
Sound Artist

Aaron Rosenblum uses sound art to connect people with their environments through active listening, field recording, and reflection upon the soundscape. He uses field recording as both a means of gathering the raw acoustic materials for his works and as a way of engaging local communities in the process of creating collaborative art. He holds a Bachelor of Art in experimental music from Hampshire College and a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University. Recent works have been displayed or broadcast at Spalding University; Cities and Memory; KMAC; BernheimCONNECT; Incubate Radio at the Incubate Festival; at ECOS; WFMU; and CKUT. From 2013 to 2017, he produced Radio Presque Rien, a weekly radio program exploring field recording and soundscapes in sound art, ethnography, and the natural sciences, on WXOX 97.1FM/ARTxFM Louisville. He is the co-curator of SONICBernheim and an Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society, where he curated Understanding the Indescribable: Paintings by G. Caliman Coxe.

Aaron will lead participants on soundwalks and work with found sounds to create collaborative art.

September 2018 Zed Saeed, Photographer

Zed Saeed - September 2018

Zed Saeed is an art and documentary photographer who works with large-format film and digital cameras. His photography often focuses on West Louisville and his current projects have centered on the recent refugees and immigrants that have settled in Kentucky. With his photographs Saeed attempts to represent the underrepresented, and believes strongly in the power of photography to create connections and to alter perceptions about people, places, and things. His photographs have been featured in Louisville magazine and shown at local galleries. He is a grant recipient for his photographic work from the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project and the Kentucky Arts Council. Saeed has also taught photography for many years around the country. He is currently a Masters student at the Hite Art Institute at UofL.

Zed will teach COLLIDER workshops on portrait photography techniques.

October 2018 Melinda Beck, Actor

Melinda Beck - October 2018

Melinda Beck is a Teaching Artist & Interpreter at the Frazier History Museum. She has worked on staff in various capacities with Commonwealth Theatre Center, Kentucky Shakespeare, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Recent commercial work includes Bluegrass Cellular and Kentucky Lottery. She has participated in Walden Alumni Company where she devised Camerado, I Give You My Hand, using Walt Whitman’s poetry in a performative 3-actor workshop ensemble production. She has also written and performed her solo show, Agatha, as part of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, and Single Shots: A Two-Night Festival of Solo Theatre. She holds a BFA in Theater with an emphasis in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts.

Melinda will be writing her own one-woman show with ideas from contributing participants and leading acting workshops in the COLLIDER in October.

November 2018 Laura Fleming Ospital, Painter and Photographer

Laura Fleming Ospital -
November 2018
Painter & Photographer

Laura graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1990 with a B. A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication. As an artist, Laura is partially self-taught in addition to receiving instruction at Kansas State University and various artists’ studios. Laura has worked as an artist for almost 15 years, focusing on acrylic painting and other times photographic essays. She hopes to complete a second undergraduate degree in studio art in Louisville.

In 2017, Laura began to focus her attention on the concept of peace by participating in University of Louisville’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation program, and studying meditation. Her attention remains focused on peace through her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, advocating for children in foster care. Currently, she is working to bring together her interests in both visual art and peace.

December 2018 Ron Whitehead, Poet and Writer

Ron Whitehead - December 2018
Poet and Writer

Ron Whitehead is a poet, writer, editor, publisher, organizer, scholar, and professor who grew up on a farm in Kentucky and attended UofL and Oxford University. He is the recipient of numerous state, national, and international awards and prizes including The All Kentucky Poetry Prize, The Yeats Club of Oxford’s Prize for Poetry, and many others. In 2006 Dr. John Rocco (NYC) nominated Ron for The Nobel Prize in Literature. Ron’s work has been exhibited all over the United States and around the world.

Ron will lead youth and adult writing workshops in the COLLIDER space this December.



Last Updated: 6/26/18