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.

Oct 10-Nov 22, 2015 | Lauren Trangmar: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

 “Fear can persuade us not to take the unconventional step, the fruitful risk, to stay within our comfort zones and not try things that we would benefit from. Fear disapproves of radical courses of action; it draws our attention to the things that might go wrong, the things that could or should be done differently, the dangers that ninety percent of the time, do not materialize. Thus, we need to take wise note of some of the things fear alerts us to while also knowing when to merely acknowledge it and use it to our advantage instead of running from it.”—Lauren Trangmar

Lauren Trangmar's project Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway illustrates her personal experience of transition and growth. Trangmar invites visitors to assist her in creating a large typographic installation using moss, watch it evolve over the course of her residency and encourages them to think about how this maxim might apply to their own lives.

Museum goers may be familiar with Trangmar's one-word installation Ugh, which is part of the exhibition Artists of Hawai‘i 2015, on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art through Oct. 25.

For more information on the work and the artist:
• Instagram: @laurentrangmar

Work with the artist on these weekend dates:
Saturdays October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14
Sundays October 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15

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