From Staff Reports

Presentations by Fall Resident Artists David Thorpe and Sonya Schönberger Nov. 10 at the Residency’s Storefront in Historic Downtown Corsicana.

100 West – Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, an international residency program now in its tenth year has announced its Fall 2022 Residents from Berlin, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

From Oct. 15 through Dec. 15, 2022, the Residency will provide five artists and writers with generous space and professional networks to advance their contemporary projects within historic Downtown Corsicana, a city located an hour south of Dallas and two hours north of Houston.

Residents live and work in studios at 100 West, a preserved and period appointed 1890s International Order of the Odd Fellows Lodge. This month welcomes Sonya Schönberger from Berlin, Sean Donovan from Brooklyn, and David Thorpe from Berlin.

About the Residents

Writer Sonya Schönberger combines her studies of social anthropology and experimental media design in her artistic practice. Over the last ten years she has built a long-term “Archive of Memories” from discussions and interviews in her home country, Germany, and in the United States with witnesses of the Second World War to examine the effect of a nation’s traumas on future generations. Depending on the project, Schönberger uses a variety of media such as photography, film, installations and audio formats.

Sonya Schönberger. – Courtesy photo

Sculptor Sean Donovan’s work speaks to environmentalism, suggesting how political and ecological motivations drive it.  In Corsicana, Donovan will continue to expand a series of work questioning toxic pipelines and their ecological impacts by creating sculpture pieces made from toxic resin and fiberglass. The transformation of discarded materials and abandoned objects to art proactively calls attention to climate change, the artist feels is one of the most critical issues of our time, portraying the magnitude and acceleration due to modern consumerism.

Portugal – Sean Donovan. – Courtesy photo

Artist David Thorpe will utilize the grand space of 100W to experiment with large scale drawings including watercolors, as well as continuing a sound work project involving field recordings.  Their central themed works, as described by the Meyer Riegger Gallery (Germany) are characterized by striving for autonomy, intellectual concentration and independence.  Thorpe generates an imaginary cosmos which follows its own laws and allows new constructions to develop through its topographies.  Thorpe recently opened a new solo show of work at Casey Kaplan in New York City, and their work has been shown at the Tate Britain, Museum Kurkaus Kleve, Germany, MOCA Grand, Los Angeles, Zabludowicz Collection and Saatchi Gallery in London.

David Thorpe. Rare Beast in Full Display. 2021. Watercolor on paper. – Courtesy photo

About 100 West – Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency

Since 2016, more than 1,400 people from across the globe have applied to create their next works in Corsicana, from novels, non-fiction, screenplays, sculptures, paintings and installations. The Residency has hosted more than 140 artists and writers from across the United States and thirteen countries from centers including Paris, Seoul, Reykjavík, Berlin and São Paulo. Works by residents and this program’s support have yielded more than 30 published books and translations, 22 exhibitions, and immeasurable cultural exchange.  

See The Work

Presentations by Residents: Thursday, Nov. 10 (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at Storefront

203 N. Commerce Street

100 West Open Studios: Saturday, Dec. 10 (12 – 4 p.m.) at 100 West

100 W. Third Avenue

For more information on this event and other scheduled presentations, and to connect with the Residency for emailed updates, visit

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