Orvis Artist in Residence 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 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 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.

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

July 12 - August 16, 2014: Spatial Sculptors:
Dance Like No One Is Watching


Dance Like No One Is Watching is an interactive exploration of improvisational dance. Spatial Sculptors, Honolulu’s improvisational dance ensemble, seeks to investigate the bridge between movement and dancing. By exploring post-modern improvisational dance roots and elements of trust, decision-making, observation, exploration, and improvisation, Spatial Sculptors will lead museum guests through a journey resulting in a completed dance performance.

Over the course of six weeks, guests and dance enthusiasts are invited to join improv dance jams, watch, and comment, all the while helping Spatial Sculptors in the development of dance material. Mini performances will occur twice daily throughout the residency. A culmination performance will occur throughout the day on August 17, 2014.


Weekly Schedule

Week 1: Dance Improvisation Basics and History
July 12 10am-4pm // July 13 12pm-4pm
Week 2: Contact Improvisation Basics
July 19 10am-4pm // July 20 12pm-4pm
Week 3: Working as an Ensemble
July 26 10am-4pm // July 27 12pm-4pm
Week 4: Exploring More Complicated Structures.
August 2 10am-4pm // August 3 12pm-4pm
Week 5: Mixing Media
August 9 10am-4pm // August 10 12pm-4pm
Week 6: Making your own improvised dance
August 16 10am-4pm // August 17 12pm-4pm

Tentative Daily Schedule

Daily activities may change based on participant preferences, weekly theme, weather, etc.
Saturday: Open Improvisation Jams 10am-11:30am
Performances and Discussion 11:30am-12:30pm
Open Improvisation Jams 1pm-3:00pm
Performances and Discussion 3:00pm-4:00pm


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.

For information on the music program, contact Brandon Apeles, Music Programmer at bapeles@honolulumuseum.org, 808-532-8765.