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Throughout our history, the Skirvin has been a partner of the arts community in downtown Oklahoma City. We have hosted major local and regional arts organizations including the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, the local Lyric Theater, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Paseo Arts Association.
Our Artist in Residence program is helping to continue that tradition by supporting one individual, local artist each year. This artist, chosen in partnership with the Paseo Arts Association, sets up their workshop inside the hotel, where the artist can share their creative process with guests. This gives our visitors the unique opportunity to get a 'behind the scenes' look into our artists' work.
As the Skirvin Hilton's Artist in Residence, Kerri's live studio space is open to hotel guests and visitors. The Artist-in-Residence program encourages the public to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of each piece first-hand, while supporting the artist's work and talent.
Kerri is a fulltime poet and visual artist as she writes spontaneous poems for visitors at events and festivals. Kerri also practices process oriented art forms such as marbling, handmade books and book binding. During the residency Kerri hopes to expand the complexity of her hand made books by including Japanese Stab and multi-folio binding each of which are visually engaging and rarely practiced.
In order to be chosen for the Artist in Residence Program, applicants are considered by the Paseo Arts Association and The Skirvin Hilton based on:
Our first Artist in Residence was Romy Owens, an artist that combines her loves for needlework and photography in her unique work. Romy has an M.A. in Photography from Oklahoma City University, but she has experience working in a dark room since she was 10 years old. Over the last seven years, she has been featured in many exhibitions including five solo exhibitions, three due exhibitions, and 60 group exhibitions. She has also curated many art shows in OKC.
Arsenios Corbishley is a violin marker and was our second Artist in Residence to setup shop in our hotel. Arsenios is an Oklahoma City native who has worked with string instruments for over ten years. He specializes in building and restoring violins and received formal training from the Chicago School of Violin Making.