The Taft-Nicholson Center Artist-in-Residence Program offers dedicated artists a supportive
and transformational environment to further their creative development. In a remote
setting dedicated to the historical integrity of the land and the preservation of
natural habitat and wildlife, artists can experience unencumbered time to allow for
thoughtful reflection and development of their work.
Click their photos to learn more about our five 2022 artists-in-residence.
Sam Nelson is a teacher and writer. He recently graduated from the University of Utah's
Environmental Humanities graduate program where he studied the use of plants in children's
literature and education. In the past, he wrote short stories, local news stories,
and essays for adults. Now, he's focused on writing plant-centered informational fiction
for children. Sam is from Richmond, Virginia but now lives in Salt Lake City.
Christopher Pavsek is a film scholar and filmmaker living in Vancouver, British Columbia,
where he is an associate professor of film in the School for the Contemporary Arts
at Simon Fraser University.
His recent filmmaking has focussed on the landscapes of the desert southwest and their
representation in photography and experimental film. His recent video installation,
"Scenes from Deseret" (2022), and a feature experimental documentary, "News from Deseret" (currently in post-production), are components of a project inspired by the structuralist
filmmaking of James Benning, in particular his film Deseret (1995). His past filmmaking has examined the political legacies of the attacks of
September 11 in the US, the AIDS epidemic in Vietnam, and his daughter's enthusiasm
for food. His book, The Utopia of Film (2013), is a study of the utopian impulses in the cinema of Jean-Luc Godard, Alexander
Kluge, and Kidlat Tahimik. Chris holds a PhD in Literature from Duke University and
a Master's in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
In his creative work he strives to bring together the insights of critical theory,
aesthetics, and the (social) science of conservation that he has gained through his
diverse academic training.
Sara Tabbert is a print and wood artist from Fairbanks, Alaska. Her work appears in
museums, commercial galleries, nonprofit spaces, and as permanent public art installations.
Her recent work often explores the natural world and the man-made object, and their
interactions within “lesser” yet still wild landscapes. She lives in this kind of
landscape, sharing a large parcel of the finest Interior permafrost lowlands with
her partner Brandon and a small pack of huskies.
Last summer, Tabbert attended the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Furniture 12-week
Furniture Intensive in Rockport, Maine, and continues to explore new ways of making
work using wood. She is a 2019 Rasmuson Fellowship recipient, a 2021 Artist in Residence
in Acadia National Park, and will be a Windgate fellow at the Center for Art in Wood
in Philadelphia in the summer of 2023.
This summer she will be helping to rebuild her studio following a devastating fire
in the fall of 2021, as well as continuing to explore new techniques and ideas in
the wood shop in Fairbanks’ Folk School.
American artist Hope Tucker reconceptualizes what we know as a daily form of narrative
through THE OBITUARY PROJECT. She has animated cyanotypes of downwinders; recorded
mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths of Finland; written the text
of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of solidarity and nonviolent resistance;
retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria;
and preserved reckonings made by travelers to the site of the first detonation of
an atomic bomb. www.theobituaryproject.org
Western Landscape Painter, Educator
Artist Statement: “My work reflects the Western landscape: specifically, the heritage and inhabitants
of the Mountain West. My subjects are landscapes, historical structures and wildlife.
My acrylics and mixed media pieces are meant to inspire and appreciate a unique mountain
environment. The goal is conservation and dialogue with the natural world.”