Hutchinson Center for the Arts; a regional arts hub dedicated to arts education, engaging the community with arts based programming, and committed to growing the artistic voices of both emerging and established artists.
Hutchinson Center for the Arts employs two full-time staff who are devoted to the professional development of arts both locally and regionally. When not in the office Lisa Bergh and Haley Jacobsen are pursuing artistic projects that fit the model of working artists.
Executive Director, Lisa Bergh, earned her BFA (Printmaking and Photography), at the University of Arizona, followed by an MFA in Spatial Arts at San Jose State University, CA.
One thing you will notice when you meet Lisa is she rarely hesitates; she doesn’t have the time. Bergh works efficiently at most everything she does. She keeps active throughout the State of Minnesota, serving on panels, speaking and teaching about the arts, managing an interactive public art project, The Traveling Museum, and advocating for the rural arts and culture movement. Bergh’s studio practice focuses on creating large-scale installation and sculptural works on paper. Her work explores space, movement, and abstraction.
Lisa is not only a professional artist, but also a full time employee, wife and mother. Lisa’s personal management style reflects the greater mission of HCA, collaboration.
“For many years I would compartmentalize and separate the different aspects of my life: family, work, and studio. About 4 or 5 years ago I consciously moved to merging it all together…
…My life and my work are centered in the arts – While I still have a lot of balls in the air it seems easier to manage when I find avenues for it all to intersect. Some days it works out great, other days not so much. But, there is always another day to try and get the work that drives me done.”
HCA’s commitment to all the creative arts is evident in the staff of the Center. While Lisa Bergh holds professional knowledge in Visual Arts, Program Assistant, Haley Jacobsen, holds working knowledge in Performing Arts.
Jacobsen received her B.S. in Broadcast Communications with a Minor in Acting and Directing from Southwest Minnesota State University. She continued her education with professional training in Acting and Modeling with AMTC in Chicago.
Haley has recently founded No Lines Improv Troupe with fellow members Tom Nelson and Brian Baumann. The troupe consists of members from the surrounding communities and includes Corey Roskamp, Lynn Mergen, and Tyler Engwall. As a troupe, No Lines performs public and private events including corporate performances in Chaska, Buffalo, and Hutchinson.
Jacobsen and a colleague received an emerging artist grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to write and direct an original piece of work to be presented in Hutchinson of May this year. The play is relatable to the “swipe right” generation and is geared towards the underserved 20-30s population.
Haley believes that creating opportunities for yourself as an artist is one of the most important things you can do.
“If you are an aspiring actor, writer, singer, or whatever your performing passion is, content creation is your biggest ally in the realm of professional show business.”
Jacobsen says that having goals and taking every opportunity that is afforded to an emerging artist will be extremely beneficial. Write a grant! Start talking, start writing, and start sharing.
Lisa Bergh’s work can be viewed at the following venues:
March 8 – April 12 – Abstraction for the Home a Rural Aesthetic Initiative Exhibit Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
May 9 – June 17 – New Works by Lisa Bergh Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Morris, MN
December – February, 2018 – Solo Exhibition, Emerging Artist Series, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
You can view more of Lisa’s art works at lisabergh.com
Upcoming Projects for Haley include:
March 10th– Wet Your Plants: No Lines Improv
May 26-28– 4th Street Circuit An original play written by Haley Jacobsen and Joshua R. Johnson Directed
by Haley Jacobsen. *This project is made possible by a grant through the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
Summer Improv Classes