The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community. The program represents a significant part of Susan’s lasting legacy–as a beloved local artist and environmental advocate.
The ART program works to develop and enhance the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media. Past visiting artists include: Michelle Ross, Richard Notkin, Katherine Ace, Laura Ross Paul, Tip Toland and Sergei Isupov.
2016 Visiting Artist: Phoebe Toland
In May of 2016, the Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program recipient was artist Phoebe Toland. Toland received her BFA in painting from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1975 and her MFA in Montana State University in 1983. She is a nationally recognized artist and the recipient of multiple awards including the the Artist’s Innovation Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2009; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2005; the Meadowlark Foundation Education Grant in 2001; and the Purchase Award, Equinox at the Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT in 1999.
Her art is in permanent collections at the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana; and private collections across the country.
Toland conducted hands-on workshops at Blue Line Arts, as well as lectures at various locations in Placer County.
More on Phoebe Toland
Toland’s work is closely connected to architecture, responding to urban sprawl and rapid growth in cities – issues that are indicative of community dynamics as an expression of larger systems or networks.
Toland says “My work has always been closely connected to architecture. But structure goes beyond buildings and cities. It lies at the heart of all activity, and speaks about patterns and hierarchies within societies. Structures that may seem unique within a culture are often seen elsewhere with slight variations; the teepee circle in Wyoming and an ancient Celtic circle in England. The cultural similarities and differences that unite us as a people provide a link to our history and continue to inform and inspire my work.”