Orvis Artist in the Museum Program

Visual arts

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 the Museum 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 in 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.

See the 2015-2016 prospectus.

For more information on the program, please contact Orvis coordinator Bradley Capello at bcapello@honolulumuseum.org or 808-237-5242.

July 11-August 15, 2015 | Chuck Stableford: Rift

Unwavering fissures,
Occasionally pause,
Redouble their progress
To vanity fueled destinations
Creating jagged yearnings for
Panoramas where
Prosperity’s hand touches
All, not simply a few.

Collaborate with artist Charles "Chuck" Stableford in creating Rift, a large-scale mixed-media painting that explores concepts of inclusion, exclusion and shared destinations. Visitors are encouraged to assist the artist in all phases of the work especially preparing the background, applying textural layers, and arranging media. If you’ve ever used scissors, a staple gun or a paint roller he could use your help.

Stableford studied fine art (in addition to philosophy and mathematics) at Hampshire College and was lucky to have Joan Wadleigh Curran, George Harris and Roy Superior for teachers. While their collective fundamentals were essential, Chuck credits his son Winter with “reinvigorating a career that had stalled 32 years earlier” when he developed a hybrid mixed style approach as a way to coax his son beyond drawing stick figures.

Stableford has spent the last five years developing a body of work using this evolving hybrid mixed media method. When he is not producing work, he participates in art shows, hosting open studio events, while “Tweeting and blogging about his latest creations.”

For more information on the work and the artist:
• Instagram: @vernonstableford
• Twitter: @mynewcreations
• Facebook: /vernon.stableford
• www.studiokanunu.com

Work with the artist on these weekend dates:
Saturdays July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15
Sundays July 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16

Orvis Soundshop

The Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation also supports the museum’s Soundshop program, a series of interactive music education workshops held throughout the year. These workshops will bring high school students from underserved communities together with University of Hawai‘i music students and award-winning local musicians at the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre. Each workshop provides a rare opportunity for students to learn first-hand from seasoned local artists in a way that is accessible and refreshing. Musicians will introduce students to the creative process and demonstrate how the process can be applied to any aspect of daily life. 

In addition to the student collaborations and larger partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi and local high schools facilitated by the program, Soundshop provides performance and teaching opportunities for university student musicians. High schools students are also able to gain experience in applied writing and public speaking, while developing a stronger sense of cultural identity.

For information about the program, contact Taylour Chang at tchang@honolulumuseum.org, or 808-532-3033