2018 artists

Garden Artist-in-Residence: Chris Cornelius

Associate Professor Chris Cornelius, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of culture; in particular, American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients.

He served as a cultural consultant and design collaborator with Antoine Predock on the Indian Community School of Milwaukee (ICS). ICS won the AIA Design Excellence award from the Committee on Architecture for Education. Cornelius holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has previously taught at the University of Virginia. Chris is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He received the inaugural J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize. Other awards include, an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; multiple wins in the Ken Roberts Architectural Delineation Competition (KRob). Professor Cornelius teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels including a seminar course on visual thinking and mapping. Chris will join a group of indigenous architects led by Douglas Cardinal who will be representing Canada in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Literature Artist-in-residence: Craig C. Grabhorn

Craig C. Grabhorn is a practiced artist, designer and community arts organizer. He currently works at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI as Community Arts Residency Coordinator. Primarily working as a printmaker, his creative work explores connection to place and time, and is influenced by light often informed by photographic studies.

He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and has exhibited his work extensively in the midwest. Craig has developed creative programming for both kids and adults while working with the  Madison Public Library as Bubbler Resident Artist and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s creative space The ARTery. 


Residency Mission

The Bookworm Gardens' Mission is to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children’s literature.

The Artist-in-Residence program invites professional artists to explore, interpret and share the unique connections between Literature and Garden that exist at Bookworm Gardens. The mission and magic of Bookworm Gardens is firmly rooted at the intersection of these two worthy disciplines, which is why we have chosen to run two concurrent residencies, one focusing on literature and storytelling and the other focusing on the physical garden and site exploration. It is our belief that creating authentic, long format art experiences at Bookworm Gardens will strengthen connections with our local audience and also propel us onto larger regional and nation platforms.

Garden Artist-In-Residence: Chris Cornelius

Garden Artist-In-Residence: Chris Cornelius

Literature Artist-In-Residence: Craig Grabhorn

Literature Artist-In-Residence: Craig Grabhorn


Questions regarding the Artist-In-Residence Program can be directed to info@bookwormgardens.org

This program is supported by A Community Thrives, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK supported by the Gannett Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board.