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
email@example.com or 808-237-5242.
Jan 11-Feb 16: Sean Michael Gallagher
See the artist working Saturdays, 10am-4pm + Sundays, noon-4pm.
Ceramic artist Sean Michael Gallagher, will work with locally sourced clays and stones to create cumulative sculptures and installations in Spalding House’s Surface Gallery. Some materials will be sourced from the museum grounds and fired on site. On weekends, under the artist’s guidance, guests can sculpt small-scale statuary to contribute to a ceramic “garden.”
2014-2015 Orvis Artist in Residence Program
The museum is now accepting proposals for the 2014-2015 Orvis Artist in Residence Program.
For submission information and application form, download the 2014-2015 prospectus.
Deadline: Feb 9, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 808-532-8765.