A Miller Art Museum committee has selected two visual artists for its inaugural Dome House Al and Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency. The program, administered jointly with the Quinlan/Wagner family, seeks to reestablish the iconic Dome House as it was originally intended by Al Quinlan: as a creative haven for artists.
Amy Usdin and Ariana Vaeth were selected from a pool of nearly 30 applicants to receive an unrestricted $500 stipend and access to time, space and resources to advance their work at the Dome House.
Usdin is a Twin Cities-based fiber artist who reclaims vintage fiber nets as armatures for sculptures that speak to memory, nostalgia and the meaning of objects. She exhibits regionally and nationally and has earned recognition from the Surface Design Association and a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Vaeth, of Milwaukee, focuses on contemporary realism through the self-portrait. She is an alumna of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and has completed an exchange program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a studio-based artist-in-residence program at her alma mater.