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 sixth annual week-long artist retreat September 14-20, 2020 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.

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.