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Local Artist Receives Honor from "Ragdale"

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Ms. Laurel Mills, lecturer in English at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, has been awarded a residency at the Ragdale Foundation for the Summer/Fall session of 2001.

"Ragdale is a not-for-profit, internationally acclaimed artists' community located thirty miles north of Chicago in Lake Forest, IL.  This honor is bestowed upon Laurel Mills in recognition of outstanding work," according to Melissa Mosher, spokesperson for the Ragdale Foundation.

"Acceptance to Ragdale is highly competitive," Mosher explains. "Recipients are chosen through an application process, with primary emphasis placed on evaluation of a work sample submitted by the artist.  Their work is then reviewed by a professional panel specific to the artist's discipline."

Ragdale was established in 1976 to provide a peaceful, uninterrupted time for working artists. It is based on the grounds of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw's "Arts and Crafts style home," and includes the natural surroundings of meadows and prairies that enhance the beauty and seclusion of the location.

"Each year, more than 150 artists, writers, and composers receive Ragdale residencies that last between two and eight weeks.  In addition, Ragdale provides workshops and programs to those in surrounding communities," Mosher relates.

The Foundation and its supporters subsidize Ragdale. Programming is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Sara Lee Foundation, the Helix Foundation, the Chicago Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, the State of Illinois, the Lake Forest Junior Garden Club, National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Lake Forest, together with many others.

Mills has been on the faculty at UWFox since 1988. She is also the editor of Fox Cry Review, the University's official literary magazine and the longest running literary magazine of any two-year campus in the nation.

Posted 11/26/2001