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:

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. To share your online stories with Melinda, visit

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: 10/16/18