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 upcoming 2019 COLLIDER artists are:

July artist Maizie Clarke, illustrator

Photo credit: Sarah Katherine Davis

JULY 2019
Maizie Clarke - Illustrator

Maizie Clarke is an illustrator and designer based in Louisville, Kentucky. She owns Maizie Clarke LLC which specializes in wholesale home goods featuring her original illustrations. Working primarily with museums and corporations, Maizie’s illustrations feature the built environment and she loves sharing her knowledge of drawing with all ages. Maizie earned her BA in Interior Design and her MA in Exhibition Design.

Learn from Maizie during her COLLIDER workshops in July.

August artist Shyama Iyer, Indian classical dance

Shyama Iyer - Indian Classical Dance

Shyama Iyer began her journey in Indian dance and music at the age three under the guidance of her mother, Guru Smt. Akila Iyer, as well as Guru Smt. Rekha Balaji in Louisville, Kentucky. Her mother’s school, Guru Vandana Arts Academy, gave her the exposure to dance and music that allowed her to blossom into a mature dancer and complete her first solo concert under Guru Smt. Dr. Vasundara Doraswamy in 2013. Since then, she has given performances in various venues throughout the United States as well as India. She is working toward achieving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at WKU, and hopes to continue forging a conversation between American and Indian theatrical styles.

Learn from Shyama during her COLLIDER workshops in August.

September artist Liz Richter, muralist and visual artist

Photo credit: Leslie Rodriguez

Liz Richter - Muralist/Visual Artist

Liz Richter is an artist, muralist, and illustrator living and working in Louisville, KY. Born in Paducah, KY and raised in rural Southeast Missouri, Richter moved back to Kentucky in 2009 and taught art for over six years before pursuing opportunities as a freelance artist. Richter is primarily focused on painting and drawing, but also explores wearable art, printmaking, and other mixed media. In 2016, she expanded into larger public art projects, completing a 1300 sq. ft. mural in Hikes Point, and is one of only a handful of women in the Louisville area participating in the street art movement. Plans for her time as the COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence include a mixed-media series inspired by a desire to connect to her rural roots. She has said, "I just want to cover the whole world in so much color that you can't hear or think anything but positivity."

October artist  Michael L. Jones, journalist and author

Photo credit: Brian Bohannon

Michael L. Jones - Journalist/Author

Michael L. Jones is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in the LEO, Insider Louisville, Louisville Magazine, Food & Dining Louisville, and the Oxford American, among other publications. Jones’ 2014 book, Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee, was praised by Americana writer Barry Mazor in The Wall Street Journal and won the Samuel Thomas Book Award from the Louisville Historical League as "Best Local History." Jones also received a 2015 Spirit of Louisville Award from the Louisville Metro Council for his contributions to the city’s culture. He sits on the boards of the National Jug Band Jubilee, the Louisville Historical League, and the Happy Birthday Park.

November artist Sarah Hall, puppeteer

Sarah Hall - Puppeteer

Louisville based artist Sarah Hall has an MFA in puppet arts from UCONN and an MA in printmaking from UofL. “If I’m not at the library, then I’m in the woods."

December artist Ehren Reed, visual artist

Photo credit: Sarah Katherine Davis

Ehren Reed - Visual Artist

Ehren Reed relocated to Louisville, KY in 2013 after 14 years as a professional artist and art educator in San Francisco. She currently works as Director of ELEVATOR Artist Resource. Her mixed media work has been exhibited nationally in esteemed venues across the U.S., and is held in numerous private collections as well as the permanent collection of the University of Kentucky. Ehren has also been featured in multiple print publications including Contemporary Artists Books by Emily Marks, Dutch fine art magazine Elephant, and Textile Art Around the World.



Last Updated: 7/8/19