Buchanan Center for the Arts Launches Artist in Residence Program

Buchanan Center for the Arts will host an open house to launch its Artist in Residence Program, a new initiative that brings artists to the community to create public art and educational opportunities. The public is invited to an open house 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, to meet the artist, Natalie Curtis, and learn more about the projects and programs the Buchanan Center has planned for the community this summer.

Curtis is a working artist who graduated from Monmouth College in 2018 with degrees in art and mathematics. She explores all types of art, including painting, sculpting, and graphic design. “Curtis was selected from a strong pool of applicants,” said Executive Director Kristyne Gilbert. “The Artist in Residence Program is a unique opportunity for collaboration, adds to the aesthetics of our downtown, as well as creates a destination spot to capture a photo at the new mural on the south side of the BCA. We look forward to a long history of bringing new artists and collaborative projects to the Monmouth Community.”

Curtis will share her love of art through classroom activities, explore the role of the Buchanan Center with her own installation, and create a lasting mural that celebrates the history and impact of the Buchanan Center for the Arts in the Monmouth Community. “Art is for everyone, and I enjoy making educational art that explores, explains, and celebrates topics outside of visual arts,” said Curtis, who grew up in Arlington Heights, Ill.

During her time at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, Curtis hopes to delve into the roles the Buchanan Center plays in the Monmouth community and use art to share the importance of those roles. She also plans to visualize and honor the heart of the Buchanan Center through a mural as well as a site-specific installation. The Artist in Residence Program was made possible through grants from the Galesburg Community Foundation and Warren County United Way, as well as memorials and individual donations.

Founded in 1989 and celebrating 30 years of programming in Warren County, the Buchanan Center for the Arts was established through the estate of Grace Buchanan and is the region’s largest gallery space and special event venue offering fine arts and performance opportunities.