The Honolulu Museum of Art is no stranger to artist-in-residency programs. From 1965 to 1973, high-profile artists such as Adja Yunkers, Kurt Kranz, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Cleve Gray and John Hultberg came to the museum where they taught classes, created work in a studio, and had a solo exhibition.
In 2009, the Honolulu Museum of Art revived the tradition with the Orvis Artist in Residence (AIR) program. Organized by the museum with support from the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation, Inc., the residency lasts up to six weeks and is open to artists residing and working in Hawai‘i.
Four artists are chosen for the year to create an installation or body of work on at Spalding House's outdoor Surface Gallery and offer museum visitors the chance to observe and engage in the creative process. Artists in Residence also receive studio visits and critiques from curatorial staff and local arts professionals. Come and see the artists at work—you’ll gain insight into the creative process.
For more information on the program, please contact Orvis AIR coordinator Bradley Capello at
email@example.com or 808-237-5242.
ORVIS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 12noon-4pm
April 13-May 26: Ualani Davis and Brandon Ng
Visit the Surface Gallery to see artists in residence Ualani Davis and Brandon Ng at work on their site-specific installation Blueprint. They are producing large cyanotype prints on fabric—similar to giant sun prints—that redefine how we interpret a portrait.
Visitors are encouraged to participate by providing found objects from the museum grounds to create a portrait of Spalding House that encompasses the environment as a whole; a gathering place, a landscape, and web of human relationships.
In 2011, the Museum expanded the program to include music with the Orvis Musicians in the Museum Program. Open to University of Hawai‘i Department of Music students, Musicians in the Museum is designed to give aspiring musicians and composers a professional venue to present their compositions and to perform, while aurally enhancing the museum’s visitor experience. Artists can apply in the categories of Composers or Individual performers and small ensembles.
Performers set up near the Honolulu Museum of Art Café on selected Fridays, filling the museum with music of diverse genres. Have lunch at the museum and enjoy the work of these talented musicians.
11:30am-12:15pm + 12:30-1:15pm: Yi-Chieh Lai, Chinese zither
11:30am-12:15pm: Ram BK, Nepalese flute + 12:30-1:15pm: John Seymour, Asian flutes
For information on the music program, contact Taylour Chang, Doris Duke Theater Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, 808-532-3033.