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.

October 18 - November 23, 2014 | Abi Good: Ugly Jugs

The Orvis Artist in the Museum program welcomes Abi Good for its fall session. On weekends from Oct. 18 to Nov. 23, visitors will find Abi in the Surface Gallery, where they can join her in creating the large installation Ugly Jugs (selections pictured above). Visitors are invited to collaborate with the artist in embellishing wheel-thrown vessels to emulate a quirky pottery tradition out of the Appalachian region. The ugly jug was traditionally used to hold valuable household liquids such as molasses and sculpted with the image of ugly faces wearing startling expressions to ward off unwanted consumers.


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.