visiting artists program

Since 2009, CSP has invited artists to come work in Bisbee through our Visiting Artist Program.  We love being a conduit for cultural exchange and artists love coming to work here in our facility. The program was founded on a loose guideline that the artists’ work consider and incorporates our community and/or our location here in the southeast Arizona desert. They get a studio and an opportunity to share their practice through workshops, exhibitions, events, and presentations. CSP has hosted painters, a printmaker, performance artists, sound artists filmmakers, sound artists and cross disciplinary artists.

Scroll below to check out past visiting artists.


Alan Bull

We were honored to host this renowned painter from Massachusetts. With the help of funding from Bisbee Arts Council and Southern Arizona Community Foundation, Alan’s residency coincided with the annual 2019 Bisbee Plein Air Festival where he was one of our jurors. Although Alan paints a broad spectrum of location types, for his Bisbee residency, he was particularly interested in Lowell with its time warp of classic old cars, signage, architecture and the post industrial mining in the background.

About Alan

Alan Bull is an award-winning plein air painter who has taught classes and workshops for over 20 years.  For the past two years he has participated in the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, and also the Cape Ann Plein Air festival in 2016 and 2018.  Originally from Old Town, ME, Alan studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and has worked in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, monotypes and pastels. His work is in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in films, magazines, and on cd covers. Alan recently illustrated his first children's book 'Augustus and Me', issued by JAG 


Mark Street

In 2018 Mark Street brought with him films to screen, a film in progress and a video workshop. A screening entitled, Loves Labor Lost included Mark's film, Oiltowns, a short film Lima Limpia, and a work in progress called Work Songs. Mark ran a video workshop that encouraged all levels of skill to participate in recording sound and shooting video in a group effort to reveal their surroundings.

Watch the film here
About Mark

Mark Street has been making films, videos and installations for 30 years.  His work has moved from tactile, abstract explorations of 16mm film to essays on the urban experience to improvised feature length narratives.  He has shown at places like the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as venues such as a former strip club in New Orleans called the Pussycat Cavern.  His latest documentary, Oiltowns (2017), traces boom and bust cycles in North Dakota oil country.


He is Associate Professor of Film in the Visual Art Department at Fordham University-- Lincoln Center where he teaches film/video production and other courses that engage contemporary artistic practice.


Jack Michael

Central School Project's Visiting Artist Program presented Atlanta-based artist Jack Michael May 25 – June 25, 2018. 


Exploring the dynamics of mining and life in the desert, Jack created a series of copperplate etchings with copper leaf, and gathered natural pigments and materials from Bisbee to use as paints for her prints.

Jack presented an exhibition and gallery talk in the Ida Power Gallery along with a 2-day copperplate etching workshop for adults.


4th Row Films

In July of 2017 Central School became the 4th Row Films production headquarters for the making of award winning documentary by director Robert Greene, Bisbee '17. Central School became a cornerstone in the making of the film with multiple CSP members being key players in front and behind the camera. Laurie McKenna, CSP's executive director was filmed researching and executing the premiere of the installation of her cross-disciplinary art project, The Undesirables Project, that honored and remembered the people and events that took place during the Bisbee Deportation of 1917. Other CSP members Ed Briggs along with Bridget and Camille Shanahan became the art department for the film, helping to design sets and props used in the film.


About the Bisbee '17 film

An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past. Read more about the film here.


Eric Saks

Los Angeles based artist Eric Saks joined Central School Project in residence for four days in 2016. Eric presented a screening of three films and a video workshop that was open to all.

Eric is drawn to the function/disfunction of technology in our lives. Eric is a keen and deep thinker about American life. He finds, creates and presents orphan stories.  He can be cryptic or solemn and incredibly

funny. Bereft subjects or "characters" are coupled with concise observation. Cardboard, paper, tape, found footage, string, cartoon

characters, pixilvision, tv ads, answering machine tapes, even motes of dust are in his reportoire. He has an eye and ear for neglected beauty.


His work has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the Annenberg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Watch the film made in the workshop:

Visiting Artists

We are working on getting the rest of our visiting artists archives up in this new space. For now though here is a list of all our past visiting artists:


Scott Williams



Venus de Mars

James Avery Fuchs



Allison Otto

Carrie Beehan

Gregory Colburn



Paul Catanese

Kari Marboe and Erin Johnson

The Story-Eaters (Emile Rosewater and Catherine Sieck)



Mark Hosler 

YaYa Chou



Kathleen Velo

Noah Saterstrom



Paul Catanese

Noah Saterstrom and

Kristen Nelson