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.

April 12, 2014 - May 18, 2014: Andrew Binkley
Join the artist on these days:
April 12-May 18: Saturdays 10am-4pm; Sundays noon-4pm; May 7, 10am-4pm (admission is free)

Andrew Binkley's project, A Space Between, is rooted in the ancient Japanese art form of kintsugi (golden joinery), where if a treasured tea bowl breaks, rather than throwing it away, the pieces are mended back together and the remaining fracture is dusted with gold. The act of doing this highlights the cracks and transforms it from being a rejected trace of the “imperfect” and the ephemeral, to a mark that is accepted, appreciated, and cherished. Binkley invites visitors to help him—they can choose to either look for cracks in the floor of the outdoor Surface Gallery or paint the cracks. Depending on what they choose, Binkley will give them a shovel or a cup of gold paint and a brush.

Follow the progress of A Space Between on Instagram (@binkleyphoto and @honolulumuseum) and on the museum’s blog.


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.