On April 2, Non-Fiction Gallery will launch an innovative new Mobile Artist Program designed to bring visiting artists to Savannah and to encourage local artists to travel to other cities to share their work.

"The name is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek acronym," says Non-Fiction Gallery executive director Sam Bryer. "We want to help put Savannah's artists and art scene 'on the map.'"

The program, which provides stipends to artists for travel opportunities and limited residencies, grew out of a need in the local arts community.

"MAP was put into place because we saw a need for financial assistance for artists coming to Savannah or locals going elsewhere with their work for exhibitions," says Ben Tollefson, the gallery's director of public relations.

"We want to make greater connections with artists, and we believe that Savannah will benefit from talent coming in for exhibitions, workshops and lectures."

MAP officially kicks off April 2 with a visiting artist residency featuring Los Angeles artist Marshall Carbee.

This innovative, environmentally conscious painter will participate in local workshops, an artist talk, a two-week painting exhibit and an Art March reception in April.

The exhibition will be featured at Non-Fiction Gallery from April 4-14, with a reception planned for 6-10 p.m. April 4.

"In seeking an artist for this residency," Tollefson says, "We felt strongly compelled to choose someone who would not only mirror our vision for building art community, but whose art and practices inspire us."

An accomplished artist, Carbee has extensive experience working on movies for top film directors, including Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen and Ang Lee.

He has exhibited his paintings, mechanical sculptures and works on paper in solo exhibits around the world.

Using plant-based resins with organic oils and earth pigments like lapis lazuli, malachite and beach sand, Carbee works with natural elements to create his richly textured paintings.

Wind, rain, sun and grass play a vital role in the creative process, encouraging the viewer to reflect upon separation from nature.

"Non-Fiction believes that the caliber of work that Marshall Carbee produces, as well as his diverse range of artistic careers and consciousness of global responsibility, will provide a fresh voice and cadre of experiences to share with the local art community in Savannah," Tollefson says.