Sheila Novak, Emilie Bouvier and Crysten Nesseth

Sheila Novak, Emilie Bouvier, and Crysten Nesseth bring a diverse set of experiences and skills working in the public realm. Collaborating for the first time, these three midwest artists collectively explore meaningful relationship to landscape and have public practices that are grounded in participatory art making.


Sheila Novak is an interdisciplinary artist, whose practice is centered on personal and collective narratives of vulnerability and healing. Sheila has been working in the nonprofit arts sector intersecting creative practice with public art, creative placemaking and arts equity since 2013 and currently serves as the Public Art Project Manager for the Greenway Conservancy in Boston, MA. Sheila was awarded the New England Fellowship with National Arts Strategies and has served as Artist in Residence at The Urbano Project, Hennepin County Medical Center, and Holden Village. 

Metal Sculptoress, Crysten Nesseth, is the principal artist at Iron Maid Art. Crysten developed a passion for working with recycled metals and sustainable arts after graduating from St. Olaf College in 2012, with a degree in Biology. She has developed a quiver of creative skills, including metal-working, 2D art, graphic design and music. Much of her work is inspired by her background in science and a passion for the natural world, where she can be found rock-climbing, sailing, skiing, scuba diving and traveling in her free time.

Emilie Bouvier is an artist from Minneapolis, MN. She works primarily in historic and alternative process photography and in clay, but also has an interest in liturgical and community arts. Her work is rooted in aesthetic and intellectual exploration, spiritual openness, and the process-oriented nature of her mediums. Emilie served as the Village Artist for a year-long residency at Holden Village in the Northern Cascades of Washington State from 2019-2020.

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Artist Sheila Novak

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Artist Crysten Nesseth

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Artist Emilie Bouvier

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