The Gaia Fenna Memorial Fellowship


" I started writing and wrote every day. I fell into a delicious ritual of write, hike, swim, sauna, kayak, eat, sleep, repeat. And if there is one way I could live, this would be it. I discovered a way of being that fit me like a glove and showed me a glimpse of harmony with place that I will strive for."  

 - Marlais Olmstead Brand, 2016 Fellowship Recipient

TLC will host its fifth annual weeklong artist retreat for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna.

For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition -- in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her creative fingerprints all over TLC.

 In 2019, Gaia Fellow awardee musician/performer Courtney Yasmineh will be in residence September 16 - 22.


Application Requirements

* Applicants must live in Minnesota

 *After the residency is completed, the recipient will to submit a 1-2 page testimonial of the experience which could be shared with the public, to help keep Gaia’s artistic legacy alive.

Honorarium and Accommodations

Lodging is subsidized: the Fellowship provides a solo cabin with kitchen and bath facilities.

The Fellowship provides an honorarium of $200 to help with meals and travel. Meals are the responsibility of the artist.

Application and Selection Timeline

October 1, 2018: Applications are no longer available

Application deadline: November 30, 2018, 11:59pm CST (Applications are now closed)

February 1, 2019: Notification deadline

To help keep this legacy fellowship alive after its first FIVE years, please donate here.