2018 IN-RESIDENCE: POET STEFENE RUSSELL
Outdoor public sculpture has become an increasingly visible part of the contemporary art
world, with new generations of artists by-passing traditional sculptural forms to engage in
working within the real conditions of their world and engaging area residents in experiences about our changing physical and cultural landscape in surprisingly new ways.
Recognizing an opportunity to redefine how we program the Park using an interdisciplinary
approach, Laumeier launched an In Residence program in 2012 in order to bring other forms
of artistic practice into the public spaces of the Park that has included archeologists,
composers, an environmental historian and a nutritionist.
For our 2018 In Residence program, Poet Stefene Russell will engage our visitors through a
a number of dynamic yet thoughtful interactive programs, educational activities, readings and walking tours. Bring your lunch and join Stefene to activate the Park through performance,
poetry, creative writing and sculpture, take a meditative walk with her, soak up the landscape, make a collage in response or just sit and listen to a local poet while having a cocktail with friends. Through a potpourri of programs during her tenure in 2018, Russell has curated a series
that will animate the collection and nuture the process of experiencing art, being in nature and putting pen to paper.
Check our calendar for a schedule of In-Residence programs with our 2018 In-Residence Poet.
Stefene Russell is former St. Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor, and a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including visual art, music, food, and film. She is the author of the chapbook Inferna (Intagliata Press, 2013), and The Possum Codex (Otis Nebula, 2015). She is currently working on a collection, Grammar of the Lawn, to be published by Kansas City’s Spartan Press in December of 2018. Russell was also part of Poetry in Place:The Platforms, a two-day sculpture and poetry event here at Laumeier Sculpture Park in 2011. Russell is now Editor and Advertising Coordinator at John Burroughs School.