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Artists & writers in the forest

Three residents in a cave
The Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency is hosted at the Arc of Appalachia, a network of nature preserves in Southern Ohio. (photo by Clint Sleeper)

The pilot program of the Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency is now complete.

There were two work days of invasive species pulling (bush honeysuckle, autumn olive);
cyanotypes of invasive species;
a jamboree in town;
cave hikes;
visits to the Mennonite bakery & grocery;
drinking & pictionary;
outdoor sculptures;
two stranded artists at the airport and one amazing friend who put them up for the night until they could get a ride down;
a visit to Serpent Mound and Fort Hill earthworks;
communal meals;
and a temperature drop of 45 degrees in one day.

Joel holding a mushroom.
Joel Atkinson holds a chicken of the woods (Laetiporus) mushroom found while foraging at nearby Pike State Forest. (photo by Ellen Pettruzzella)

If this sounds like your cup of tea, read more about the art residency here. Or email me, lexiestoia at gmail dot com to be added to the list for next year. Dates for the 2020 residency will be in late October/early November, announced shortly.

Andrea Jaeger of the Arc of Appalachia leads residents on a hike. (photo by Emma Akmakdjian)

Would you do an art residency right before, during, or after a presidential election? Drop out for a little bit?

dinner discussion.
Residents listen as Deanna Lee describes her art practice. (photo by Nate Larson)

Thank you to Columbus College of Art & Design for their support of the pilot program, and to the staff of the Arc of Appalachia for partnering with me.

Open Now: Corn Meditations Exhibit at ROY G BIV


Corn Meditations, installation at Roy G Biv Gallery
Columbus, Ohio, November 7-28, 2015
opening reception: November 7, 7-10 pm

an illustrated booklet of meditations will be available for purchase at the gallery, and available online soon
a publication of The Way Out

Nowhere Manifesto Revisited

Linda_and_Lexie_Loungin'Our latest earcatcher video made us think about the earcatcher philosophy.  Midwesterners are always worried about how the rest of the country views us. We tell them, “Look at all the cool shit happening here!” Yes indeed there is a plethora of great underground projects going on. But we also think that a lack of identity is freeing. Time to revisit my Nowhere Manifesto which ties into what we do. It’s also a friendly nod to other artists who live in off-the-radar cities. You can download poster sizes here.


Making art is a comment on time and place, even if it is an unconscious one.
We (Humans of Earth) are shaped by our environments and experiences.

Then what about the artist who lives in the bland pancake of the American Midwest?

Columbus is a city known to be a cross section of the United States if it is known at all.
Every type of person is represented here.
Test Market USA.

We are a marketer’s wet dream.
We live together in relative harmony.
We have no body of water and the tallest point in the county is a landfill.
Not even a lake on which to be a mistake.
Endless flatness in four directions,
all corn and soybeans.

We cancel each other out!
When you mix all the colors of paint together you get mud.
We are in touch with the void.

Shitty is pretty.
Lint & dust in the corners of a sprawling campus dump hole:
more interesting than the top of the empire state building.

What we do here will never be co-opted by the mainstream art world.
The lack of pressure to succeed is freeing.

An incubator for weirdness.
Embrace the nowhere-ness!

dedicated to d.a. levy (RIP)