The Gaia Fenna Memorial Fellowship


“My time spent at the Tofte Lake Center as the 2019 recipient of the Gaia Fellowship Award was a highlight of my year, a bright moment in my artistic journey, and one of the most soul affirming experiences of my whole life… I will carry the feeling I had there in my heart all winter long and to my dying day.
My goal is to return soon and often.”

 - Courtney Yasmineh, 2019 Fellowship Recipient

TLC will host its sixth annual week-long residency for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. This year’s residency week will be September 14-20, 2020.

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.

Learn more about our 2019 Gaia Fellow awardee musician/performer Courtney Yasmineh.


Application Requirements

Applicants must live in Minnesota

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

Honorarium and Lodging

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

Applications open on October 1, 2019 for the 2020 season

Application deadline: November 30, 2019, 11:59pm CST

Notification deadline: February 1, 2020

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