Donna Neuwirth

Executive Director

As co-founder and executive director of Wormfarm, Donna has developed numerous public art projects at the intersection of culture and agriculture including the Reedikulus Puppet Festival, The Re-enchantment of Agriculture, and Fermentation Fest: A Live Culture Convergence. She has served as artistic/project director of the Farm/Art DTour since its inception in 2011. The DTour has become a model for rural creative placemaking under her leadership, featured in the NYT and PBS Newshour. She completed the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program in 2015 and serves on the board of the Sauk County Development Corporation. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jay Salinas

Director of Special Projects & Outreach

Jay is an artist, farmer and co-founder of Wormfarm. He coordinates the Artist Residency program, and leads food and agriculture outreach initiatives. He helped conceptualize the Farm/Art DTour and has served as juror, logistics and Food Chain coordinator from 2011-2020. Trained as a sculptor, Jay holds a BFA from University of IL Champaign and an MFA from University of Cincinnati. He has operated a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm since 1995. He has worked nationally for food justice and sustainability issues and was a director at Growing Power in Milwaukee from 2006-09.

Philip Matthews

Director of Programs

For a decade Philip has led site-specific projects in performance, language and collaborative art. Prior to joining Wormfarm’s team in spring 2020, he organized bold projects at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis including (with Ballroom Marfa) Marfa Dialogues / STL, a program series which invited scientists, artists, civic leaders and activists to seek solutions to Midwestern climate issues. A poet from eastern North Carolina, he is the author of two books and holds an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis and BA in English from Tulane University.

Ashley Lusietto

Farm/Art DTour Coordinator

Ashley is a Wisconsin-based artist working with narratives inspired by place and autobiography. Her work has recently exhibited at The Museum of Wisconsin Art’s Claiming Space - A New Century of Visionary Women and she is represented by The Portrait Society Gallery of Contemporary Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has organized community programs for the Madison Public Library, the Madison Children’s Museum, the UW-Madison Tango Club, and the Wormfarm Institute. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor of art at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Katie Schofield

Program Manager

Katie is an artist and farmer currently based in Mount Horeb, WI. Katie moved to Wisconsin from Chicago in 2012 after doing an artist residency at the Wormfarm and falling in love with the area. She served as the Farm/Art DTour Coordinator from 2011-2015, and now works as the Program Manager. She has a BA in visual art from North Park University in Chicago, and has participated in shows at Olbrich Gardens, Edgewood College, and Madison Public Library. Katie also works at Jumping Spider Farm, an organic vegetable farm located at the Farley Center, and creates drawings and comics inspired by her daily life.

Madigan Burke

Residency & Social Media Coordinator

Madigan is a filmmaker, artist and engineer who usually lives in Chicago. After a delightful Wormfarm artist residency filled with drawing cartoons, and carving carrot monsters, they returned to join the Wormfarm team this season. Madigan earned a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (go tigers!) and completed the Harold Ramis Film School program at The Second City in 2018. Outside of garden work and social media-ing, they are figuring out how to convert a school bus into a tiny home. If you’re into lots of learning and occasional problem solving drama, follow the skoolie build on Instagram: @the_starbus_enterprise

Sarah Butler

Performance Coordinator

Sarah Butler likes making things. Working with movement, embroidery, poetry, film, wearable structure, and vocal harmonies, she is interested in exploring how the weaving of seemingly separate mediums can result in something surprising and honest. Sarah holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and has been performing, choreographing, and teaching professionally for the past 10+ years. After two meaningful seasons in residence with Wormfarm Institute 2020-21, she is very happy to be joining the DTour team this year. For more on Sarah’s work: