2019 Residents



ExAIR residencies offer students exciting opportunities to meet and work with renowned artists exhibiting at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Participants learn more about the artist's practice and explore the creative process with the artists.

Join us for FREE Public Workshop Dates:
With artist Maggie Sasso on May 4, and May 5.
With artist Beatriz Cortez on May 18 and 25.

Artist Maggie Sasso

April–May, 2019

Artist Maggie Sasso produces conceptual bodies of work that express macrocosmic ideas through microcosmic detail and examines the role of material culture in relationship to our collective past. She has had solo exhibitions in Madison, WI; Portland, OR; Lexington, KY; and Milwaukee, WI. Her work has also been included in many group exhibits throughout the United States and Canada. Sasso received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her BFA from Murray State University in Murray, KY, where she was born and raised. She was a visiting artist and instructor at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and currently works at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design as the Textiles Lab Technician and an adjunct lecturer.

Workshops with Artist Maggie Sasso

Workshop participants will spend their time working with artist Maggie Sasso, learning firsthand about her textile work included in the Mary Nohl and the Walrus Club exhibition as well as through a hands-on experience in The ARTery.

With an understanding that school is an important place of learning. That curriculum is designed for everyone and gives children a broad knowledge so they can understand and contribute to the world in which they live. It can be a little difficult to get a specified education in a subject that inspires the individual.

We will explore patches, not the patches that can be earned traditionally through scout groups, but rather encourage kids to create their own patches. Through curriculum, goals, and reflection, conceiving and making their own patch to earn utilizes the institutional system of education, but it feels like a parody or performance of that system. This novelty provides a young learner with perspective and a mechanism by which to make the system their own. The outcome is positive, and the student learns a skill that is applicable to their interpretation of the world.

Available Workshop Dates for Schools: April 16, 18, 19, 20, 30 / May 3, 4, 5, 7, 9

FREE Public Workshop Dates: May 4, and May 5.

Questions to Explore // Things to consider in preparation for your visit

  • What is a talent, skill, or interest that you could turn into an earnable patch?  
  • What must you accomplish in order to earn that patch?
  • What do you need to learn to earn your patch?

Artist Beatrice Cortez

May 15–June 1, 2019

Beatriz Cortez is an artist and a scholar born in El Salvador, and who has lived in the U.S. since 1989. Her work explores simultaneity—life in different temporalities and different versions of modernity—in relation to memory, war, and migration, as well as imagined possible futures. She has exhibited her work internationally including at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, Texas; BANK Gallery in Shanghai, China; MARTE in El Salvador; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo in San José, Costa Rica; and Centro Cultural Metropolitano in Quito, Ecuador. She received the 2018 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists and the 2016 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, among others. She holds an MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts, and a PhD in Latin American literature from Arizona State University. She teaches in the Department of Central American studies at California State University, Northridge.


Workshops with Artist Beatrice Cortez

Workshop participants will spend their time working with Los Angeles-based artist Beatriz Cortez learning firsthand about ancient indigenous forms of construction in relation to her installation The Lakota Porch: A Time Traveler, included in The Autotopographers exhibition. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities in The ARTery working with locally available materials.

We will explore the construction of cairns, or markers with rocks, and we will talk about different methods and technologies for piling rocks, as well as conceptual understandings about permanence and mobility, nomadism and fixed demarcation of territories and structures. In addition, we will talk about ancient concepts of geometry, math, space, and gravity.

Questions to consider before your visit to work with Beatriz.
+ What kinds of markers do we place on the earth?
+ What different kinds of constructions surround us? What are their histories?
+ What are some of the most interesting local materials that you see around?


Trabajan con la artista Beatriz Cortez, quien vive y trabaja en Los Ángeles. Aprende como formas de construcción antiguas indígenas se relacionan con la instalación de la artista The Lakota Porch: A Time Traveler. Una obra de la exposición The Autotopographers. También tendrás la oportunidad de hacer otras actividades en The ARTery y trabajar con materiales locales disponibles.

Explora la construcción de mojones, o marcas hechas con rocas, y aprende diferentes métodos y tecnologías para apilar rocas, conceptos sobre permanencia y movilidad, nomadismo y demarcación de territorios y estructuras. Además, hablaremos sobre conceptos antiguos de geometría, matemáticas, espacio y gravedad.

Preguntas a considerar antes de su visita para trabajar con Beatriz.

+ ¿Qué tipo de marcadores colocamos en la tierra?

+ ¿Qué diferentes tipos de construcciones nos rodean? ¿Cuáles son sus historias?

+ ¿Cuáles son algunos de los materiales locales más interesantes que ves?

*Niños menores de 10 años deben estar acompaños de un adulto

To schedule a workshop for your group, contact Louise Berg at lberg@jmkac.org

Contact Craig Grabhorn at residencies@jmkac.org for more information about our ExAIR residency program.

The Exhibition-Artists-in-Residence program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust and our JMKAC 2018 Gala Reverse Auction donors.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.