Artist in Residence

Image of the artist at Mary Olson Farm

The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission welcomed artist Elise Koncsek to serve as the 2019 Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence.

The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence program began in the summer of 2018. The City of Auburn program offers the opportunity for an artist to pursue their work in, and to be inspired by, the unique and beautiful setting of the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, Washington. The residency lasts two months, providing the artist with a large indoor barn studio, a stipend, and access to the 67 acre farm. A variety of public programming opportunities are planned in conjunction with the Artist Residency that are free and open to the public.

Elise Koncsek, the 2019 Artist in Residence specializes in interactive and immersive art. She uses rich colors, crisp details and text liberally on wood, acrylic, and fiber. The artist states "I want my art to pack a punch, both visually and emotionally, because many of my most influential memories are of experiences which both awed me visually and challenged me psychologically. Those moments stay with me, and continue to direct my day to day choices. Following the lead of my artistic and revolutionary heroes, I want to use my growing skills as an artist to make a positive impact, and share forward the feeling of wonder and possibility I have gained from others." 

Artist in Residence Public Programming typically includes:

  • Open studio days: See our artist in action during two open-studio days! Learn about the artist's process and inspiration, and see works in progress!
    Check back in 2020 for dates! – Open Studio – 12:00 PM-5:00 PM  

"Mosaic Artwork Workshop" with Elise Koncsek! 
    In 2019 the Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence led a mosaic mirror-tile workshop.

 Image of mosaic panel.

This free and fun workshop class began with a brief introduction to the historic Mary Olson Farm. Artist in Residence Elise Koncsek led participants in designing and assembling a small wall hanging mosaic artwork to take home, created from tessellating hexagon and triangle shapes cut from mirror acrylic and wood. All skill levels were welcome.

Artist Elise Koncsek working at Mary Olson Farm in June, 2019
Image of Artist at Work

For more information on the artist Elise Koncsek, please visit her website.

To apply for future Artist in Residence and other art opportunities with the City of Auburn, visit our Call to Artists page

For more information about the Mary Olson Farm, please visit the White River Valley Museum website

This art program is coordinated in partnership between the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and the White River Valley Museum, with the support of the Auburn Arts Commission.