Artist in Residence

Mollie Bryan

The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission welcomed artist Mollie Bryan to serve as the 2020 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.
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Mollie Bryan, the 2020 Artist in Residence specializes in interactive and immersive art, including installations with light and video. Growing up on the Stilliguamish river in the backcountry of Washington, the beautiful setting of the Mary Olson Farm immediately brought up artist "Mokedo" with feelings of “home” in the very best way. She even had a similar working vintage stove as in the Mary Olsen house and many pets and farm animals to care for. During her time at the farm, Mokedo has spent hours exploring this essence and capturing some video footage around the farm. This video content will be edited and altered, then projection mapped onto a hanging sculptural piece created of two significant symbols; feathers and water. Finding a feather in the abundance of nature is like finding a small gift or treasure.  In Native American culture the feather is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection. It symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, and freedom. It is an object that is deeply revered and a sign of high honor. They believe that when a feather falls to the earth, it is believed to carry all of the bird's energy, and it is perceived as a gift from the sky, the sea, and the trees. Feathers may arrive unexpectedly but not without a purpose. And the creek quickly became my favorite space on the farm. The sounds and life it brings to the farm is vital.  Water symbolizes many things including life and death, strength, change, healing, dreaming and unconditional love.
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Artist in Residence Public Programming::

  • Open Virtual Studio Days:
    Friday, July 31 & Thursday, August 6, 4:00 and 6:00 PM
    The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Mollie Bryan, aka "Mokedo," will be hosting two virtual open studio days during her time on the Mary Olsen Farm as part of her residency. In lieu of an in person studio day due to COVID-19 precautions, Mollie will be going live on her Instagram page @mokedo giving the world a tour of the farm, talking about her proposal, experience, and what she'll be creating from the inspiring surroundings of the farm. Tune in to the live streams to ask questions or email your questions in advance to  Live streams will be happening at approximately 4:00 and 6:00 PM.

  • Intro into Projection Mapping Virtual Workshop:
    Friday, August 7, 5:00 PM

    The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Mollie Bryan, aka "Mokedo," will be hosting a virtual workshop as part of her residency on the Mary Olsen Farm. The workshop will be an introduction into projection mapping plus a short tutorial of how to using the projection mapping software HeavyM. Mollie will discuss the basics of projection mapping including; what it is, how it works and what can you use it for, followed by a live tutorial where you'll be able to watch her do a basic projection mapping exhibit. Due to COVID-19 precautions, this workshop will be done on Instagram Live on her account @mokedo . Jump on to ask questions or email any questions in advance to

For more information on the artist Mollie Bryan, 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.