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Artist in Residence

Amanda Triplett

The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are thrilled to welcome artist Amanda Triplett to serve as the 2022 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.

Triplett Installation

Currently in the fifth year of the program, the City of Auburn has welcomed some very talented artists for the unique artist opportunity, and out of 43 applications this year from talented Northwest artists, Amanda Triplett was enthusiastically selected by a panel of jurors and staff. The artist is based near Portland, Oregon, and creates unique sculptural artwork that exists at the "intersection of fine art and craftwork," often embroidering and manipulating recycled textiles into sculptural, performative, and installation works.

During the residency at the Mary Olson Farm, the artist plans to draw inspiration from the natural patterns and biological formations found at the farm and creating a sculptural textile tapestry based on these natural forms. The Mary Olson Farm’s 67 beautiful acres and large barn studio space will be an ideal setting for the artist to create this large-scale textile sculpture!

The residency will last for two months during June and July, and the artist will utilize the large barn as an indoor studio space, and receive a stipend for her time. As the Artist in Residence, Triplett will lead a variety of free public programs. Visitors to Mary Olson Farm will have the opportunity to meet Amanda Triplett and experience a entirely new artistic perspective on one of Auburn’s most beautiful places!

Triplett Detail

2022 Artist in Residence Public Programming: 

  • Open Studio Days:
    June 25 & July 30, 2022, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Amanda Triplett will host two open studio days during her time on the Mary Olsen Farm as part of her residency. The artist will be available to greet visitors, talk about her artwork progress and techniques, and show examples of inspiration found during the residency.
  • Free Community Workshop: Biomorphic Sculptural Fiber
    Saturday, July 30, 1-3:00 PM
    In this two hour workshop, we welcome folks of all ages to join us in layering, coiling, cutting and stitching fabric to create biomorphic, sculptural textiles. Participants will experiment with different ways of manipulating and playing with textile scraps through winding, knotting, stitching, and wild experimentation. Drawing inspiration from patterns found in nature, artists will then layer and sew their material experiments together onto fabric on an embroidery hoop. Artists will then use beads and embroidery thread to embellish and finish their work.
    Sign up for the workshop with free online registration!
  • Final Exhibition, TBD

For more information on the artist Amanda Triplett, 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

4CultureThis 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 and 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.