Artist in Residence




Drawing & Painting

Alex Boersma

Alex Boersma is an artist and scientific illustrator from Toronto, ON. She received a BA in Geology and Studio Art from Vassar College in 2015, and a Master’s in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay in 2017. Her artwork engages with the tradition of natural history illustration as a visual record of our changing relationships to non-human organisms. As an illustrator, Alex works with museums, scientists, and conservationists, creating visuals to engage the public in scientific ideas.




Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Gabriel Mo

Gabriel Mo was born and raised in South Central Kentucky, and has never quite recovered. His work has been featured in exhibitions both regionally and nationally. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Murray State University in 2014, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington in 2019. His creative practice explores themes of belief, credibility, and the experience of discovery, and his current research focuses on hand and machine fabrication in metal and wood, mechanical movements, and musical instruments.





Peter Ronan

Peter Ronan is a nomadic artist who grew up between Idaho and Washington. He received the 2018-2019 anonymous studio residency at the Northern Clay Center. He is a fabulous butch queen who makes work that is focused on the queer experience. He attended Boise State University where he received his BFA with a concentration in ceramics. He received the Robert Kantor Sculptor Award, the Murray Art Scholarship, and the Boise State Art Department scholarship. Following his undergraduate studies, he moved to Philadelphia and started to work for The Clay Studio as an intern and quickly ascended to the work exchange program and then as an education assistant. While living and working in Minnesota his work became more openly homoerotic and it continues to evolve.




Digital Arts & Photography

Levi Shand

Levi Shand is a multidisciplinary artist working and living in Chicago. He graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with a degree in Creative Writing, and in 2019 earned his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Over time his practice has grown from simply writing short stories from daily life and journaling to photographing, to book-making, mapping and conceptual walking, these latter applications requiring focus on installation and performance, respectively. His current work, composed of photography and book-making, seeks to occupy the resonant space between the twin acts of taking a step and turning a page.





Cassie Tompkins

Cassie Tompkins is a Chicago-based artist currently working between the media of printmaking and fiber. In 2001 she graduated with a BFA in photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and in 2010 received a BFA with a concentration in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tompkins’s monoprints explore transcendent environments and capture ephemeral experiences. Using a language of geometric and organic shapes and the sensorial experience of color, she works as an improvisor, balancing compositions through intentional and serendipitous marks. In 2017 she completed the inaugural FIELD/WORK Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition. She was an award recipient of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery’s One: Annual Emerging Artist exhibition and an open studio resident at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME in 2018. This year she was chosen to participate in Mana Contemporary Miami Exchange residency. She has exhibited throughout the country and locally at the Comfort Station, the Annex Gallery at Spudnik Press, ACRE Projects, Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Mana Contemporary, and the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative.


    Printmaking & Book Arts

     Paloma Valencia

Paloma Valencia is a printmaker and painter based in Chicago, Illinois. She was born in Miami and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019, with a BFA in Studio Art. Drawing inspiration from the industrial pockets of Miami and Chicago, her practice is an on-going and flawed exploration of the modern American identity through commercial architecture and the contemporary urban environment. Her subject matter stems from her collection of compulsive street photographs, featuring laundromats; diners; ice cream shacks; gas stations; and dive bars. Her primary focus is currently relief printmaking, but her prints are informed by painting and screen-printing techniques. Her prior professional experience as a graphic designer, art director, and copywriter for an architectural rendering firm influences her aesthetic and conceptual approaches to creating her work.




Shiyuan Xu

Shiyuan Xu was born in Hangzhou, P.R China. Shiyuan received her BA in Ceramics from China Academy of Art in 2012, and an MFA from Arizona State University in 2016. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, which includes the United States, South Korea, Slovenia and China. Shiyuan is the recipient of 2017 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, and she has been awarded multiple prestigious artist residencies, such as Archie Bray Foundation, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Lawrence Arts Center.





Snow Yu

Xue Jiao Yu, also known as Snow Yu, was born in Jingdezhen, China in 1988. She received her BFA from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in 2010. She was a residency coordinator for The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen from 2012-2017. She has worked with a lot of experienced ceramic artists from all over the world later have inspired her to pursue further education in USA. She has received her MFA degree from The University of Cincinnati in 2019. Her early work involves animal sculpture and traditional ceramic technique while she was in Jingdezhen, a famous city for porcelain production.