The School for Rural Culture and Creativity
Matfield Green, KS

Join artist-in-residence Alex Myers for a free workshop and artist talk in Matfield Green. Directly following a local morning coffee and music event at the School for Rural Culture & Creativity, Alex will guide participants in a photogrammetry and digital collage workshop about digitizing the everyday in order to realize the fantastic. All you need is a cell phone with internet access! Following the workshop, Alex will give a talk about his work at the Matfield Community Church at 205 Bocook St.

Alex Myers is Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the Department of Computer Science, Design, and Journalism at Creighton University. Often interrogating issues of immersion, affect, violence, and interactivity, Alex’s new media work has been widely exhibited in international venues across North America and Europe. His work has also received numerous grants and awards, including the Provincie Groningen Kunst en Cultuur Prijs in 2009 and 2014; the Electric Objects Artist Grant in 2016; and the “Best Interactive” Award from the Austin Music Video Festival in 2017. As a visual artist, he explores the use of video game technologies in media art. In his work, Alex interrogates the critical roles which technologies familiar from mainstream media contexts can play in experimental art practices.

Historic Barn at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Join artist-in-residence Vidya Giri for a free, drop-in workshop exploring different methods to “sampling” your environment. Find Vidya at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Supplies will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own sketchbook and drawing tools. 

Vidya Giri is an artist from Houston, TX. Her art is reflective of her background: balanced between cultures, environments, and disciplines. Her work has spanned between online spaces, printed media, projection, and painting on physical and digital canvases. Her explorations revolve around collecting from one’s surroundings as a form of reflection and the parallels between natural and human-made identities and the environments they encompass.

Symphony in the Flint Hills Signature Event
Eskridge, KS

If you happen to be attending the 2023 Symphony in the Flint Hills, stop by the Meet & Greet Tent between 2 and 5pm to hear from artist-in-residence Sandra Scott-Revelle about her textile work and research into Black history. 

Sandra was born in Sedalia, MO but spent most of her life in the southwestern desert regions of Arizona, then the open spaces of east Texas. Sandra gained basic sewing skills on her mother’s antique Singer. From an early age, her interest in personal stories expanded to Black history during her college years. As an adult she discovered the treasures of slave narratives. Her growing compilation of historical fiction weaves color into the white spaces of their accounts, granting access into likely events and conversations.

Tallgrass Film Association
Wichita, KS

Join artist-in-residence Travis Neel for a screening of the short film “The Mesquite Mile” at the Tallgrass Film Association in Wichita, KS. 

“The Mesquite Mile” is a short film by Lubbock-based artist Travis Neel in collaboration with Erin Charpentier, Kim Karlsrud, and Daniel Phillips documenting the relocation of regionally historic mesquite trees from commercial agricultural land (where they are considered a nuisance) to Lubbock’s urban core, creating a resilient, drought resistant shade canopy across converted front lawns of the Heart of Lubbock neighborhood. Travis and his collaborators were awarded an Interchange Artist Grant from Mid-America Artist Alliance in 2021 to produce the film.



1pm – 3pm
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Join artist-in-residence Emmy Lingscheit for a come-and-go zine workshop in the limestone barn at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Supplies will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own collage elements.

Emmy Lingscheit is a visual artist working in printmaking, installation, comics, and zines. Across recent bodies of work, she explores our entanglements with the non-human world: interdependencies between beings and across time, and from a microscopic level up to the scale of our global economy. Emmy grew up in South Dakota, holds a BFA in painting from St. Cloud State University, and an MFA in printmaking from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She currently lives in Urbana, IL, where she is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Our annual gathering of Tallgrass residents and community members.

10am-12pm – Community Open Studios, organized by Matfield Green Works (multiple locations)
1:00-3:00pm – Artist Reception at the School for Rural Culture & Creativity with pie (cash sales) and coffee 
3:00pm – Symposium Part 1 (the School gymnasium)
4:00pm – Break 
4:15pm – Symposium Part 2 
5:00pm – Break
5:15pm – Keynote speaker Janine Antoni (30 min. presentation + Q&A)
6:00pm – Break, Music by Kelly and Diana Werts and Susan Mayo
6:30pm – Dinner served in the gym. Music by Ryan Klassen. $15 suggested donation supports ongoing renovations to the School building. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not mandatory.
8:00pm – Bonfire at Timber Arches 

Leslie VonHolten writes about the connections between land and culture. Her work includes environmental science, art history, community history, literature, and undertold stories. Her art writing has been published in Pitch, Lawrence.com, and Ceramics Art + Perception, with new work forthcoming in The New Territory and Literary Landscapes. Sometimes she also curates a show or makes a zine. She lives in Kansas, where she mostly grew up.

Join us on Zoom for artist talk and Q&A with Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, a multimedia artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Register in advance at: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZAlfu…

As a Tulsa Artist Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he convened a Movement Research Studies Project, “Decolonial Design, Indigenous Choreography, and Multicorporeal Sovereignties: A Womanist/Queer/Trans Indigenous Movement Dialogue.” A Movement Research Artists of Color Council Core Member, he creates multimedia movement work with womanist/queer/trans Indigenous and people of color artists, educators, and organizers.

12pm – 1:30pm
Matfield Community Church

Join us Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Matfield Community Church in Matfield Green, KS to hear artist in residence Jeremiah Ariaz talk about his practice and current project, The Fourth Estate, which is focused on small town newspaper offices and the critical role they play in our shared democracy.