COLLIDER artist-in-residence program

COLLIDER, the South Central Regional Library’s artist-in-residence program, connects the public with art and the people who create it. Special studio space within the Library allows artists to create on-site. Patrons are encouraged to drop in, interact, and learn about different artistic processes, and participate in special workshops for the public.

Generous funding from Councilwoman Madonna Flood makes the COLLIDER Artist-In-Residence program possible.


February artist Chris Mattingly, poet/maker

Chris Mattingly - Poet/Maker

Chris Mattingly is an artist, musician, and poet from Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of The Catalyst and Scuffletown, as well as the chapbooks A Light for Your Beacon and Ad Hoc. A co-founding editor of alla testa press, a subscription press specializing in design-heavy limited runs of handmade books, he holds an MFA from Spalding University. He currently teaches literature and writing at Bellarmine University.


January Marlesha S. Woods, visual artist

MARCH 2020
Marlesha S. Woods - Visual Artist

Marlesha S. Woods is a visual artist with an eclectic expression of mixed media. She creates works that are translated into eco-friendly wearable art. Her artistry can be found periodically in exhibitions but primarily in the homes of art patrons. She creates exclusive designs for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY. Her artistry beyond wearable art expands to commissioned paintings including a focus on abstract expressionism intertwined with interpretative portraiture. Her art can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. in addition to her collaborations with an international sustainable-design brand.

After she was awarded first place recognition in the SCTD interior design competition she graduated Cum laude from Sullivan College of Technology and Design with an A.A.S. Interior Design in 2006. She holds a B.G.S with a minor in sociology from Indiana University and is an associate member of the National Art Education Association. Pairing visual arts with advocacy, Marlesha has partnered with non-profit organizations nationally to strengthen communities and spark much needed conversations including health equity, diversity and civic rights.

When Marlesha is not creating or teaching she enjoys family, faith, music and nature!


April Tim Robertson, Alternative printmaker/Photographer

APRIL 2020
Tim Robertson - Alternative printmaker/Photographer

Tim Robertson is a visual artist, photographer, and alternative printmaker. He says, “I have spent much of my adult life moving and living in places that are new to me. I often find myself living in places where the culture is different from the one in which I was raised (Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Northern Indiana and now Louisville). Observing these contexts and the ways in which people live and connect in them forms the main current of inspiration for my work. Much of my work comes about as a result of interaction and collaboration with others.

The process of creating images is an important part of my work. Photography helps me explore and understand the world around me, and alternative printmaking gives me a way to process and respond to what I find.

I often experiment with different photographic formats and printing techniques and materials. I especially love to make pigment transfers and, most recently, risograph prints. I love risograph printing because of how well it lends itself to experimentation and collaboration.”


JMay - Rachid Tagoulla, Portrait Photographer

MAY 2020
Rachid Tagoulla - Portrait Photographer

Rachid Tagoulla is a Master’s student of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography at the University of Louisville where he also teaches introductory courses in Studio Art and Art History. With his supervisor Mary Carothers, he co-organizes a study abroad program for American students in Morocco. In June 2020, they will bring 10 UofL Hite Art Institute students to Morocco for a three-week artist residency. He has been featured in many galleries such as the 1619 flux art + activism, MFA gallery, Cressman Center, Louisville, KY, and has curated collaborative shows, which feature photographs of Morocco taken by Hite art students and Moroccan artists.

From August 2017 to May 2018, Rachid taught Arabic and was an ambassador of Moroccan culture as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Louisville. Before coming to the United States, Rachid taught English in Morocco for 9 years. Rachid was also treasurer of Club Photo d'Agadir, a group of professional photographers in Agadir, Morocco.

Rachid's work has won many international awards and his photography has taken him all around the world. He hopes to continue to build bridges between Morocco and other countries through his involvement in the arts. He is currently developing a Sister Cities partnership between the University of Louisville and the University of Ibn Zohr in his hometown of Agadir, Morocco.

June - Martin Edlin, Clay/Sculpture artist

JUNE 2020
Martin Edlin - Clay/Sculpture artist

Martin Edlin is an artist who works in several disciplines of traditional art media. His artwork is technically rigorous yet highly imaginative, giving shape and form to emotions and ideas in sculpture, pottery, paintings, and drawings. He studied art at the University of Louisville under renowned potter Tom Marsh and earned a Master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago under sculptor and art therapy pioneer Don Seiden. His artwork has been exhibited publicly since 1984.

He teaches workshops for many schools and community programs with people of all ages and has been directing a community art education center for many years. He worked as a stained glass craftsman for glass artists Peter Eichhorn and Bob Markert while in high school and college and has practiced art therapy in a multitude of settings.

Last Updated: 01/31/20