Monday, February 08, 2010

Ragdale Weekend Workshop

Weekend Workshop: Capturing the Ragdale House through Words and Images

With Janet Desaulniers and Jane Fulton Alt

March 5-7, 2010
Ragdale House and Grounds


In March, 2010, Ragdale will close the Ragdale House for a long awaited renovation project for a full year. Before the furniture is removed and the major construction begins, Ragdale is providing a unique opportunity for individuals to come for a weekend workshop of writing, photography and creativity – focused on the Ragdale House.
Over the years the Ragdale House has provided artists a sanctuary to create great new works of art. Under the exciting direction of author Janet Desaulniers and photographer Jane Fulton Alt, students will spend time discovering their creative voice while responding through pictures and words to the Ragdale House and Grounds.
All levels of photography and writing will be accepted. The workshop, however, is not designed for students looking for instruction of how to use their equipment, their computers or Photoshop. A working knowledge of students’ cameras and equipment is required. Students will be working digitally so they are expected to bring a digital camera, laptop and printer, if possible.
Join us for the last opportunity to be and create in the Ragdale House with two award-winning Ragdale alumni before it closes for a full year!


Janet Desaulniers’ story collection, What You’ve Been Missing, won the 2004 John Simmons Award. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Other Voices, and Ploughshares, among other publications; been widely anthologized, including in the Pushcart Prize series; and awarded fellowships from the NEA, the Michener-Copernicus Society, and the Illinois Arts Council. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is an Associate Professor.

Jane Fulton Alt has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Alt is the recipient of numerous awards and her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, De Paul University Art Museum, Southwest Museum of Photography and the collections of William Hunt and Rick and Deann Bayless. Alt is the recipient of the 2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award and the 2007-2009 Ragdale Foundation Fellowships. In addition to photography she is a licensed clinical social worker, with a practice of over 35 years. Her most recent work on Hurricane Katrina has been published in a book entitled Look and Leave: Photograhs and Stories of New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward. Alt will also be appearing on WTTW TV's Arts Across Illinois program, The Transformative Power of Art, airing Friday, February 26th at 7:30 and Sunday, Feb 28th at 5:30.
Alt’s photographs explore universal issues of humanity, reflecting an interest in the mysteries of life and the non-material world. Her photographs ask us to consider issues of love, loss, and spirituality, which transcend notions of race, religion and culture. More of her work can be viewed at


Overnight workshop participants will stay in the historic Ragdale House or the Barnhouse. Daytrippers are welcome for a reduced fee. The workshop will begin at 5pm on Friday and end at 5pm on Sunday.

Rooms are single occupancy, with some twin beds and some doubles. Private baths are available on a first come, first served basis. Workshop is limited to 16 participants; 11 overnight, 5 daytime – REGISTER EARLY!
Overnight / Ragdale House $595.00
Overnight / Barnhouse $525.00
Day-tripper $295.00

Register with Leslie Brown by calling 847.234.1063 x. 205 or by emailing her at

The Ragdale Foundation
1260 North Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
phone: (847) 234.1063
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