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Artists in Residence, in Conversation: A Recap

 

 

 

 

Last Wednesday, in collaboration with Fishcake, the BoxJelly kicked off a fun evening of raffle prizes and info-packed conversation with its inaugural artist in residence, Amelia Samara and Laurie Sumiye, our second artist in residence and newly appointed coordinator of the program. Through this presentation- style conversation, audience members learned more about this unique opportunity and what it takes to become our next artist in residence.

 

The two artists started by introducing themselves: Amelia grew up in many places, a factor which she attributes to shaping her work and interests. She remarked that while in school, there was perhaps a disproportionate amount of emphasis on the conceptual aspect of art while very little to no attention on the business side.  After graduating with BFA in Fiber Arts from University of Hawai’i, she tried to grapple with how to actually make a living as an artist coming from a background where “making beautiful art for the sake of just making beautiful art is not encouraged.”

 

Born and raised in Mililani, Laurie Sumiye took an 18 year hiatus from the islands until returning to the Big Island where she began a documentary focused on an endangered native Hawai’ian bird called the Palila. During her time away from Oahu, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Art and Communication, worked in web design and advertising, and then earned a filmmaking degree at Hunter College.

 


 

 

 

 

Both artists agreed that this residency provides the unique opportunity to understand the professional side of your career as an artist. With a very supportive network of people from both the BoxJelly and Fishcake, you will have people to talk to and bounce ideas off of. The program provides a chance to explore and develop your practice, but also works within a mindset that reassures you that it is okay to create something to sell. Amelia commented that it was a pretty intuitive process, which she entered without knowing exactly what she wanted to do, although artists are required to submit a proposal as part of the application process. While Laurie noted that the program helped keep her on track, by setting deadlines (now 3 months, instead of 6) it also helped her engage with an audience, and connect what she is interested in with a local audience. She now feels that she is at a point where where her art making is a sustainable career, and left the audience with a statement: “It’s possible to live in Hawai’i, to make a living doing what you love *and living in Hawai’i*. You don’t have to go somewhere else, and there’s support for what you do [here], that was my biggest revelation.”

 

Applications are due June 15 at midnight. More information about the program can be found here.

 

The event was live streamed on Facebook, watch now:  link: https://www.facebook.com/fishcake.hawaii/videos/10155274611678632/

 

Below is an outline that highlights the types of questions asked in the conversation and by the audience along with it’s corresponding times in the live stream recording:

 

14:40 — What was the process like of having an exhibition at the BoxJelly and the selling work at Fishcake?

 

18:30 — The most surprising thing?

 

22:40 — What’d you do after the residency and how did it help you move forward in your practice?

 

24:50 — Did you find that in being in this space, in this community, affected your art at all?

 

28:24 — Tension between commercial aspect of selling vs. conceptual, conversation-sparking art. Is there one?

 

29:39 —How Laurie chose birds as her subject.

 

36:39 —What would be useful to know for applying if you had not done this before? Whats required of the artists?

 

43:00 — Lessons learned as program alumnae. If you could do things differently knowing what you do now, what would you do differently?

 

48:09—Pricing work?

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Artist in Residence Program

CALL FOR BOXJELLY+FISHCAKE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

We are now accepting proposals for BoxJelly+Fishcake Artist in Residence (AiR), a 3-month opportunity to create new work for a solo exhibition in Honolulu, Hawaii in the heart of Kaka’ako, an urban neighborhood with proximity to the beach, shops, restaurants, bars and local events.

We’re looking for bright, enterprising creatives who work in contemporary art practices and forms with big ideas and the ambition to execute them. 

The Summer Residency is 3 months July 1st to September 30th.

The residency includes:

  • A workspace (a clean studio space suitable for artists and designers working in digital arts, video, photography, illustration, fiber arts and textile design).
  • A solo exhibition at The BoxJelly, the premier co-working space for urban creatives in Hawaii! We will provide press, marketing and hosting costs of the opening reception. All sales from the exhibition go directly to the artist.
  • BoxJelly Dedicated Studio membership (a $1500 value).
  • Creative mentoring with BoxJelly Arts Coordinator Laurie Sumiye.
  • A one-on-one portfolio review with Fishcake Art Curator Keiko Hatano.
  • Consultation with Fishcake Co-Founder and Chief Creative Maura Fujihira and Fishcake Showroom Manager Cassie Louie on selling artwork and design products.
  • An opportunity to earn a spot on Fishcake’s roster of local and international artists and designers.  Fishcake sells artists’ work in two retail locations, as well as direct to homeowners and businesses through their interior design studio, Fishcake Works.

The residency does not include exhibition costs, artist stipend, transportation or housing. We cannot offer a visa for international applicants.

Submissions must include:

  • The application form
  • Project proposal: 1-2 pages in length, outlining a plan to create a body of work to enhance BoxJelly’s space. Include a detailed list of techniques and materials, outlining project logistics, supply and labor needs, and budget
  • Artist’s CV
  • Digital zip file containing 5-10 samples of your most recent work with an inventory sheet
  • Artist Statement
  • Other Supportive Material (optional)

Please email your application and materials to [email protected]

FINAL DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT HST, JUNE 15th 2017

DEADLINE EXTENED: MIDNIGHT HST, JUNE 16th 2017.

 

To arrange a space visit and for all questions, please contact:

Laurie Sumiye
Arts Coordinator, BoxJelly
[email protected]

 

FAQs

How do I apply for the Artist in Residence program?

Jump over here and submit an application by June 15th!

Can we apply to the next seasons AiR Program? 

Yes, we will be accepting Fall ’17 and Spring ’18 applications in a couple of months.

Who will be deciding on the submissions?

A panel of creative folks the artist will be working with from Fishcake and BoxJelly.

Is there a fee to apply?

No!

Is there an artist’s stipend?

Nope, sorry, just a space.

How big is the space?

About ~150 sq ft or so.

What do you mean by “clean studio space”?

It does not refer how neat you are! The larger space is shared with designers and folks who work on computers. This means no painting, wet media, or materials that give off toxic fumes.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is FREE at the Ward Warehouse parking structure located one block from the BoxJelly on the corner of Ward Ave & Auahi St (across from StarBucks). There is also a drop off loading zone right in front of the BoxJelly.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Give us a call M-F 8am – 8pm (808)769-6921 or email us [email protected]

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