Artist in Residence Invites Public to Engage in Project

Haylee Bolinger
Haylee Bolinger

Haylee Bolinger, Windgate Foundation artist in residence at Arkansas Tech University for spring 2023, is asking members of the ATU community and residents of the surrounding area to provide material for a time capsule mural she is developing for display on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville.

Individuals are invited to e-mail a photo of an object that holds personal value to them along with a story or memory about the object to by Wednesday, March 1.

“This will be an exciting opportunity to see your object whimsically represented in a mural,” said Bolinger. “This mural will be dedicated to and inspired by the current residents of Russellville, ATU students, faculty, staff and the community at large. The objective is to create a mural that is a vivid, dream-like snapshot of the things that bring us joy in 2023.”

Bolinger holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from the University of Wyoming. While attending Arizona State, Bolinger was recognized for her artistic efforts by the International Sculpture Center with the outstanding student achievement award in contemporary sculpture.

Since earning her Master of Fine Arts degree, Bolinger has maintained an active artistic practice and engaged in community building through her gallery. In 2015, she co-founded and has since directed the Carlos Queso Gallery in the Los Angeles, Calif., neighborhood Echo Park. The gallery focuses on providing emerging artists with a space to exhibit their work.

Bolinger has shown her work nationally and internationally over the past seven years with Got It For Cheap, a traveling group exhibition with more than 2,000 participating artists.

She has presented solo exhibitions of her artwork in Los Angeles, Calif., Tempe, Ariz., Buffalo, Wyo., and Laramie, Wyo. Bolinger’s artworks have been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Maake Magazine, LUX and Project Hieroglyph.

Bolinger is the fifth artist in residence in Arkansas Tech history. She was preceded by Manami Ishimura (spring 2019), Tiffany Black (spring 2020), Jade Hoyer (fall 2021) and Andrew Malczewski (spring 2022).

The program is made possible through a grant from the Windgate Foundation. Additional financial support from the Windgate Foundation over the past five years has allowed Arkansas Tech to establish a summer professional development program for K-12 art teachers, develop enhanced opportunities for ATU graduates to attend medical school, purchase equipment for Arkansas Tech nursing students and establish a need-based scholarship fund.

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Scan the QR code below to access the submission form to participate in the mural project.