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We support and celebrate local art and artists through our Artist-in-Residence program. The program began in 2015. Since then, we have hosted over 30 artists from all different backgrounds. Each residency lasts approximately three consecutive months. Artists receive an honorarium and can expect us to help promote their residency. Typically, a residency includes providing workshops and displaying art in our gallery. We may entertain the possibility of hosting artists who prefer to only do one or the other. Artists will be selected by our Artist-in-Residence curators, Melanie Thurber, Beth Zinsli and Stephanie Harvey. Check out their bios below. Please email Melanie Thurber ( with ideas and questions about our Artist-in-Residence program. We look forward to hearing from you!

Artist-in-Residence Curators:

Melanie Thurber is a long-time art admirer and local art and music groupie and is dedicated to connecting the community to the incredible talents of our local artists. Luckily, that is also her job as the Adult Services Librarian at Appleton Public Library. Whether the artists are burgeoning or veterans, she hopes to provide a diverse and dynamic group of artists that will engage, inform, and inspire the next generation.

Wisconsin native Beth Zinsli completed a doctorate in the history of photography and visual culture studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beth is currently the curator of the Wriston Art Galleries and an assistant professor of art history at Lawrence University. In addition to her work with Lawrence’s art collection and exhibitions, she teaches courses in art history and museum studies.

Stephanie Harvey is a Wisconsin born visual artist with a passion for promoting the arts in her community. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  It is here that she fell in love with printmaking and got back to working in the photography darkroom. More recently, she began doing embroidery and some mixed media fiber projects which incorporate her love of crochet, sewing and general love of crafts and weird “is this art?” type of things.

Stephanie enjoys the enthusiasm that comes from teaching, exploring and engaging the community in art. She owns her own photography business, Boomerang Portraits, which specializes in black and white journalistic, storytelling portraiture of children and families. She teaches at The Trout Museum of Art (Appleton), Art Garage (Green Bay), local libraries, private parties and more.