Artist in Residence 2021: Lara Lepionka

Lara Lepionka (USA)

Artist in Residence, 2021

About the Project

Land and People

Lepionka is interested in the intersection of land, food, people, and place. Where she lives, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA, she has collaborated with her community to create a food growing revolution in a small city and has created unique ways to bring people together through growing and sharing food. Lepionka will collaborate with the diverse communities of Gozo and Malta to engage around ideas of culture, history, growing food, and sharing meals through the lens of climate change and changing economics and priorities.

About the Artist

Lara Lepionka is a community-based artist and the founder and executive director of Backyard Growers, a non-profit organization connecting people to healthy food through school, community, and backyard gardens. She has exhibited her work in Chicago, New York, and New England, and was an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Cultural Exchange Station in Czech Republic.

She received an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship, a Northampton Arts Council public art commission, and was featured in The Object of Labor: Critical Perspectives on Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production published by MIT Press. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Bard College.

Photo: Martin Del Vecchio