HUB-BUB’s Artists-in-Residence (AiR) Program, now hosted by the Chapman Cultural Center, is about to enter into its 10th year of recruiting artists. As we are entering into the final stages of our selection process, here are 5 things you should know about the program:
33 artists from over a dozen states have participated in the program
From New York to California, Texas to Michigan, artists working in a variety of mediums have relocated to Spartanburg for the duration of the residency. Originally an 11-month program for 4 artists (3 visual artists and a writer) the new program will host 2 visual artists from September 2018 through August 2019.
Many artists choose to stay after their residency
After being welcomed into the Spartanburg community, a handful of artists-in-residence decide to stay in Spartanburg after completing their residency. Jennifer Bonner (2014), Patrick Whitfill (2008), and Eric Kocher (2011) are a few of the artists currently living in Spartanburg.
Artists give back to our community
Each artist-in-residence has provided approximately 15 – 20 hours each week of service to the Spartanburg community. This service has been in the form of community engagement projects that intersect with their creative practice. One notable project is the Sparkle City Mini Putt course, located just behind the Fr8yard on Broad St., which was designed by 2014 AiR Robin Schwartzman.
The program is built on partnerships
All of our artists have, in some form or another, collaborated with other organizations, businesses, and individuals in our community. From the Spartanburg Humane Society to the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, each artist has used their unique insights and interests to strengthen partnerships in our community.
You can get to know our 2018 – 2019 artists this fall
The two artists selected to participate in this year’s program will host open studio hours at the Chapman Cultural Center’s new Creative Placemaking Studios, located on the first floor next to the ticket office. This space will be renovated this summer and open to the public beginning in September when our artists arrive.
We’ll be announcing our selections by the end of June! We received so many applications from wonderfully talented and brilliant artists this year, which means that our selection committee has their work cut out for them. Stay tuned for our announcement in June to find out about the artists we’ve selected to participate!