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Artist Residencies at the Motherhouse

Posted on December 1, 2022, by Eleanor Craig SL

The Loretto Community at the Motherhouse is partnering with the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW) to offer artist residencies of one to three weeks. The residencies are open to feminist artists who are residents of Kentucky and who have demonstrated achievement in creating work high in artistic merit and based on social justice issues. The first 10 residencies were offered between mid-June and late August, totaling 74 nights. Painters, writers, and multimedia artists received a stipend from KFW and funds for room and board which Loretto provided. Housing was in the Valley House and in Jeanne Dueber’s Rhodes Hall apartment. The second round of artists’ residencies began at Loretto in October and will continue through the spring of 2023. For further details and testimonials about the summer residencies, go to www.kfw.org.

Poet Jayne Moore Waldrop shared the following piece, composed during her residency at Loretto.

Loretto Haiku
August 20-27, 2022

The view to Badin captures full beauty of place and then reflects it back.

Rain comes down in sheets thunder, lightning, the full works — All hail, rainbow wisp.

Water and clear light encircle the hill, shine like a halo of hope.

Sister Jeanne blankets the world with beauty and gives us so much to see.

Sister Jeanne, a small build, a big heart, wide-angle vision searching life’s details.

Countless feet have crossed these treads on paths well chosen for earth and heaven.

Cow bawling, calling as she brings new life—a calf drops, stands, fresh, complete.

This home on the hill feels closer to earth and sky, the quick and the dead.

Love given as care — tending people, land, Earth-healing as duty.

Milkweed pods breaking, spilling seeds, reaching the ground, feeding future wings.


Eleanor Craig SL

Eleanor has been a Sister of Loretto since 1963 and an educator since birth. She graduated from two of Loretto's best known St. Louis institutions, Nerinx Hall High School in 1960, and Webster University in 1967. She taught mathematics at Loretto in Kansas City, where her personal passion for adventure history inspired her to develop and lead treks along the historic Oregon Trail. From 1998 to 2010 she created an award-winning program of outdoor adventure along the Western trails for teens who are visually impaired. Eleanor claims to have conducted more wagon trains to the West than the Mountain Men! From 2012 to 2021, Eleanor led a talented staff of archivists and preservationists at the Loretto Heritage Center on the grounds of the Motherhouse. She recently retired, but still serves in the Heritage Center as Loretto Community Historian.
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