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Artist Statement

During the renovation and transformation of an East Side church into an artist quarter and art center, Jessie Fisher and Scott Seebart have spent mornings at Round Lake, to paint en plein air before starting their day of physical labor at the church. The couple considers Lake Phalen regional park, with its waterways, pathways, flora and fauna, unmatched in the cities and a jewel on the East Side, made even more impressive by its proximity to dense urban areas. Fisher and Seebart are honored to be invited to participate in the exhibition at ArT@967 Payne during this year’s Solidarity Street Gallery/Uniquely East Side Festival and proud to be included in such an impactful event.

Artist Bio

After 20 years as professors of painting in the Kansas City Metro area, artists and educators Jessie Fisher and Scott Seebart have returned to their beloved Twin Cities to renovate a former church on St Paul’s East Side. Case Edgerton studios will house a private residence, art studios, classrooms, community gardens, lecture hall and library and welcome the community into a fusion of personal, communal, and academic spaces.

Seebart received his BFA from the University of Minnesota, a Post-Bac from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and an MFA at the University of Iowa. He has studied painting at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and at Scoula di Grafica in Venice, Italy. Seebart has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Missouri at Kansas City, the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Central Missouri, and is currently a faculty member at Metro State University in St Paul. He has shown at the American Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lo River Arts in Beacon, New York, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Susquehanna Art Museum among others. He has been a visiting artist at the Mount Gretna School of Art, the International Center for the Arts in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy and Studio Nong in Nanning, China.

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