Regarding the Land – Regarding the Land

Upper House Event April 15, 2023

Let the Art Speak is Upper House’s annual conference for artists and art enthusiasts. With a different focus every year, the 2023 gathering was titled “Regarding the Land.” Together we explored the intersection or art, geography, culture, and faith.



Painting and the Land: Plenary with Joel Sheesley

Joel Sheesley, Emeritus Professor of Art at Wheaton College, is a painter whose work currently focuses on the landscape. In 2014-15, in conjunction with the Wheaton Park District, he painted exclusively on-site in Wheaton’s Lincoln Marsh Natural Area. Now he collaborates with The Conservation Foundation to raise awareness of the environmental importance of the Fox River and the Fox Valley. Sheesley has been a recipient of an Illinois Artist’s Fellowship. His work is in numerous art collections and has been widely exhibited. He is the author of several books, including A Fox River Testimony (Conservation Foundation, 2018).


Poetry and the Land: Plenary with Krissy Kludt

Krissy Kludt writes about identity, the land, mystery, divine love, and the passage of time. Creator of Writing the Wild, a year-long writing experience, and author of A Good Way Through (2017), she guides retreats and workshops on writing, creativity, and spiritual practice. She works and plays in the East Bay outside of San Francisco, on the ancestral lands of the Ohlone and Miwok peoples, with her husband and two sons.