AiR

Former AiR's selected as Juried Semifinalists in ArtPrize 2018 by David Ocasio

2015 Artists-in-Residence Robin Schwartzman, Desiree Moore, and Anna Abhau Elliott are still building community through dynamic arts and ideas.

They recently launched a new public art project called “Barter Boat”

Barter Boat is an art project that looks like a carnival stand, where you can trade for small art assemblages made out of previously bartered items from different cities. They were most recently at ArtPrize 2018.

 Photo by Sean Deckert

Photo by Sean Deckert

The project is made by the three alums, who were recently selected as Juried Semifinalists in ArtPrize 2018, alongside some other great artists (and out of literally hundreds of other entries). Check out their Instagram too - radar_art

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Welcome to the Burg AiR's! by David Ocasio

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HUB-BUB is bringing in our newest Artists-in-Residence with a bang! You can catch us at the coolest Biergarten in Spartanburg on September 7, from 5 - 7 pm! 

The Artists-in-Residence Meet-and-Greet at the FR8yard is an opportunity for Spartanburg to get to know our 2018-2019 AiRs, Marisa Adesman and Ambrin Ling.

There will be a special "AiRs" themed cocktail that will be unveiled before the live music begins at 7 PM. Stop by the Yard to grab a brat, some drinks, and help our new artists feel welcomed in their home for the next year.

As part of the program, HUB-BUB AiR's will have the opportunity to work on any number of community-based projects that we hope will arise organically through partnerships, experimentation, and collaboration.

This is the first opportunity you'll have to connect with the residents and share with them the Spartanburg Community that we all know and love. 

Let us know your coming and hit "Going" on our Facebook Event

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HUB-BUB is an Artist-in-Residence program hosted by Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC designed to provide time and space for emerging artists to live free and create.

AiR Program Celebrates 10th Year with 2 New Artists-in-Residence by HUB-BUB

This September we will begin the 10th year in which the HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence program has recruited artists to live and work in Spartanburg. Anyone already familiar with the program knows there have been quite a few changes since it began in 2006, with a hiatus in 2012 and another in 2017 during which the organization made some necessary transitions. By its nature, this program is an ongoing experiment, one that seeks to explore the many complex and necessary roles that artists play in our community. Now, housed within the Chapman Cultural Center, HUB-BUB will continue its work in ways that will seem both familiar and totally new.

For the next year, we will host two artists, Marisa Adesman and Ambrin Ling, in a space we will be calling our “Creative Placemaking Studio” at the Chapman Cultural Center. Marisa and Ambrin, both trained as painters (but whose work explores elements of sculpture and performance as well) will hold regularly scheduled open studio hours where the public will be invited to come and observe their processes and engage in conversation and discussion about their work. Ambrin and Marisa will also have the opportunity to work on any number of additional community-based projects that we hope will arise organically through partnerships, experimentation, and collaboration.

Our goal is for the “Creative Placemaking Studio” to be a place where, as a community, we can work together to create a more vibrant and healthy Spartanburg through the arts. Out of the many amazing applications, we were lucky to receive from brilliant artists working all over the country, we were particularly drawn to both Ambrin and Marisa, not only for their technical skill and impressive resumes, but for the important and, at times, challenging the content of their work. We saw in both of these incredible emerging artists the opportunity to have some necessary and difficult conversations about our identity as a community. The real beauty of this program is in its ability to provide a fresh perspective by inviting artists with a clear vision and generous voice. We hope, through their work, we might find a portrait of our community that we would not otherwise be able or willing to see.

We hope you’ll join us this fall in our “Creative Placemaking Studio” to meet Marisa and Ambrin and to spend some time engaging with their work. 

Eric Kocher
HUB-BUB and Creative Placemaking Director
Chapman Cultural Center

"Special Collections" Exhibition Opening + Weaving Workshops this week! by lydia see

Sunday was the first of two Branch Weaving workshops with our AiR, Lydia See. Check out some of the fiber sculptures made by participants in Sunday's class, and join us for the next class, today at 6pm (details below). 

If you're interested in seeing some of Lydia See's work, her first show since arriving to Spartanburg will open Thursday night for Art Walk, at the Spartanburg Public Library HQ Studio CLICK HERE or scroll down for more info. 

UPCOMING EVENTS + PROGRAMS

On Wednesday November 16 (6-8pm) is another drop-in weaving workshop using tree branches as the loom! 

FREE, All Ages, Family friendly (kids under 11 should be accompanied by an adult who plans to participate with them), no previous weaving experience necessary! Learn weaving and fiber/sculpture techniques in a fun non-traditional way, make a beautiful naturally inspired weaving to take home. All materials supplied, but feel free to bring branches, favorite yarns and fibers, or found natural ephemera like feathers and dried flowers (several of the participants from Sunday's class brought branches, yarns, and unexpected objects from home!).

AIR WELCOME SHOW - "SPECIAL COLLECTIONS"

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm with an Artist's Talk at 6:45pm
Spartanburg County Public Libraries - 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29306

During the November Art Walk join us for "Special Collections," a welcome exhibition of current artist-in-residence Lydia See's work,  MORE INFO

Updates, Upcoming, and "Special Collections" from Resident Artist Lydia See by lydia see

 Lydia See in her home studio  (Photo credit: Alex Hicks of  GoUpstate.com )

Lydia See in her home studio (Photo credit: Alex Hicks of GoUpstate.com)

Hello All! Lydia See here - It's been a whirlwind of a few weeks here in Spartanburg. I'm so thrilled to be the first Artist in the Community Artist in Residence in partnership with HUB-BUB and the Spartanburg County Public Libraries and I feel as if I have hit the ground running!

HUB-BUB and SCPL and I have joined forces to build a more creatively engaged Spartanburg, starting with community access to arts programming with a focus on inclusivity and a gentle point of entry. So what does this mean?

When I arrived almost three months ago, I wrote a little statement which the following is excerpted from: 

"I believe that art and creative practice in any form should be inclusive and accessible to anyone. Teaching and exchanging dialog about art is an integral part of my practice, and spending time in the service of a community will expand my ability to learn about my own work while facilitating the aesthetic development of others. By using my studio practice and through designing a series of community-oriented programs, I hope to inspire and create connections within the community, and offer a gentle point of entry for those who might not ordinarily seek out art in their daily lives."

We've started this initiative to engage the community through accessible creative programming in a few ways: by creating a Studio in the HQ Library where I have begun teaching workshops and classes, as well as keeping regular studio hours, open to anyone who would like to stop by. We've also built a custom traveling loom (with the help of former AiR Eli Blasko) which has been out in Morgan Square for both of HUB-BUB's Hub Crawls this fall, and now lives in the Studio at the Library when not traveling. The influence of fibers and textiles on my practice has been immense, and after moving to Spartanburg and learning more about the rich textile history here (particularly thanks to reading the Hub City Writer's Project book Textile Town, which should be required reading for every resident!) I felt compelled to offer textile arts education to connect Spartanburg residents to their own heritage. 

 learning to weave at Hub Crawl on the Community Loom

learning to weave at Hub Crawl on the Community Loom

Building community has always been important to me, and I've spent years working in community education, non-profits, and as a museum professional. I received my BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a focus in Photography, Fibers, and site-specific sculptural installation, and I have a deep commitment to public and community-engaged practice. Residencies often offer artists an opportunity to work unfettered by daily obligations, isolated in their studios with their residency culminating in an exhibition. I was so drawn to this partnership residency specifically because it offered a completely unique experience: to contribute to the creative health of a community while folding in my own studio practice, connecting everything by "the event of a thread" as Anni Albers states in On Weaving

Since my arrival I've also been working on some other public projects, including a forthcoming public work in partnership with Partners for Active Living, a collaboration with Northside Artlet Artist and former HUB-BUB AiR Eli Blasko, as well as consistently working on my personal projects. Pictured below is an image of nearly three months of my daily practice, imagine it as a warm-up sketch in a figure drawing class or a 10-minute run before lifting weights: I embroider an old family photograph, which didn't make it into the family album, every day, refining my embroidery skills, measuring time, warming up my fingers at the beginning of each day of work in my studio. By the time I leave the residency I will have accumulated 335 of these embroidered "other pictures" - process on this project and my studio practice can be followed by visiting the HQ Studio, on Instagram - @archetypographia and with the hashtag  #stitchingtheotherpictures

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If you would like to HEAR me talk about some of this stuff, I was recently invited to be on the City Podcast, and had a fantastic time talking with Christopher George about moving to Spartanburg, my work, and how excited I am about this residency. CHECK IT OUT HERE or embedded below. 


UPCOMING EVENTS + PROGRAMS

 Branch Weaving and photo by lydia see - drop in to our Branch Weaving Workshop on the 13th or the 16th of November and make your own!

Branch Weaving and photo by lydia see - drop in to our Branch Weaving Workshop on the 13th or the 16th of November and make your own!

On Sunday, November 13 (2-4pm) and Wednesday November 16 (6-8pm) I'll be offering drop-in weaving workshops using tree branches as the loom! 

FREE, All Ages, Family friendly, no previous weaving experience necessary! Learn weaving techniques in a fun non-traditional way, make a beautiful naturally inspired weaving to take home. All materials supplied, but feel free to bring branches, favorite yarns and fibers, or found natural ephemera like feathers and dried flowers.

AIR WELCOME SHOW - "SPECIAL COLLECTIONS"

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm with an Artist's Talk at 6:45pm
Spartanburg County Public Libraries - 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29306

During the November Art Walk join us for "Special Collections," a welcome exhibition of current artist-in-residence Lydia See's work, with an Artist's Talk at 6:45 pm. MORE INFO