2018 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 practice and explore the creative process with the artists.

Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck
April 30–May 12

Workshops begin with a discussion in the gallery with artists Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck. Participants learn firsthand about the artists’ exhibition Out, Out Phosphene Candle, where science fiction, magic, ancient technology, and folklore come together to question what is truth and what is belief. Feasley and Swenbeck will lead groups through their multiroom installation, exploring the concepts behind the work of art through multiple dimensions of space/time, and the process behind the creation of the work.

After the gallery discussion, the workshop will move to The ARTery where participants will engage in the understanding of ghost signatures as representations of phosphenes (the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye, such as when you press on closed eyelids). Through the creation of their own ghost signatures and crafting of short publications, participants explore ideas from the exhibition including ghosts, craft, and transforming something as normal as a signature into something otherworldly.


Public Studio
April 29, 11:00
Join artists Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck for an open studio experience learning from the artists about their installation Out, Out Phosphene Candle. You will explore the idea of ghost signatures and of transforming something as normal as a signature into something otherworldly.


Private school group tours available April 30–May 10. To learn more or to schedule a workshop for your group, contact Louise Berg at bookatour@jmkac.org.

Education and group visit opportunities are full for this residency. Contact residencies@jmkac.org for more information or join us for one of our sessions that are open to the public by signing up online.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Kohler Foundation, Inc.