The Gaia Fenna Memorial Fellowship

Gaia in the water

I started writing and wrote every day. I fell into a delicious ritual of write, hike, swim, sauna, kayak, eat, sleep, repeat. And if there is one way I could live, this would be it. I discovered a way of being that fit me like a glove and showed me a glimpse of harmony with place that I will strive for."                                                          - Marlais Olmstead Brand, 2016 Fellowship Recipient

TLC will host its third annual weeklong artist retreat for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. In 2017 this will be the week of September 25-October 1.

For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition -- in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. Surrounded by the beauty of this location, she spent many memorable days and nights creating all forms of art. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her fingerprints all over TLC, touching both the people and property, as well as the world around her.

Application Requirements 

*Applicants must live in Minnesota.

*Please fill out an application, complete with resume.

*After completing your residency, you will be required to submit a 1-2 page testimonial of your experience which could be shared with the public, to help keep Gaia’s artistic legacy alive.

Honorarium and Accommodations

Lodging is subsidized: the recipient is provided a solo cabin with kitchen and bath facilities.

The recipient will receive an honorarium of $200 to cover meals and travel. Once at TLC meals are the responsibility of the artist.

Application and Selection Timeline

Applications for 2017 are closed as of January 15, 2017

The recipient will be notified by February 15, 2017


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