spoon featuring a feather kolrosed into the handle

2023 Artist-in-Residence

Headshot of Liesl Chatman holding a cupLiesl Chatman is a spoon carver, a kolroser, a teacher, and an advocate for education and equity in all walks of life. We’re excited to welcome Chatman to campus, where she will be the 2023 Folk Artist-in-Residence. Partnering with the UW Art Department, Chatman will be hosting a regular carving club, as well as working with students in the woodshop to teach the art of spoon carving and kolrosing.

Her background as a graphic journaler informs her work as a spoon carver and kolroser, which reflects a wide range of interests, experiences, and continued engagement with her environment and her community.

Chatman is an experienced teacher and renowned artist. Her work is currently on exhibition at the American Swedish Institute in “Leaving Your Mark: Stories in Wood.” The exhibition features spoons carved beginning in 2020 “to respond to the simultaneous crises of COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd, and the ensuing protests that erupted…”.

In addition to her own artistic work, Chatman teaches around the country at folk schools, museums, and other cultural institutions, including the American Swedish Institute, Fireweed Community Woodshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, North House Folk School, and Vesterheim.

Check back often for upcoming events and other opportunities, including details on the carving club.