RIVERFEST 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
The Riverfest 2017 Artist-In-Residence is James Marshall AKA Dalek!
World renown muralist, painter, and street artist James Marshall brings his creative talents to Riverfest 2017, for which he has designed graphics and paint projects that will be seen throughout the festival. Dalek will work with the Harvester Arts Fellows to paint a dj booth and series of public use furniture that will be used annually in Ackerman’s Backyard.
The Riverfest Artist-in-Residence program was established in 2015 in partnership with Harvester Arts. Wayne White, known for his work on Pee-Wee's Playhouse among scores of other projects, was selected as the first artist-in-residence. Last year, Rachel Hayes designed SunSails, an installation built of fabric and high-tension wire for the Cox Kids Corner. Watch for them on May 20th as a sign that the festival is just around the corner!
In October 2016, James Marshall spent a week in Wichita painting the Harvester Arts building at 215 N. Washington. “We knew from that experience that James would be a great fit for the Riverfest residency-We aim to make Riverfest– with its vast audience of more than 400,000 attendees – an annual arts destination,” said Kristin Beal, co-founder, and COO of Harvester Arts. Beal, also an artist, has worked as creative consultant for the Riverfest Sundown Parade since 2013.
“James will be great as the Riverfest AIR because of his diverse background and artistic practice-he's able to move seamlessly between the labels of artist, muralist, painter, product designer, graffiti artist and function as a generally creative entity,” said Kate Van Steenhuyse, co-founder, and CEO of Harvester Arts. “We are excited to see his colorful vision incorporated into the festival for this year and in years to come.”
2017 Artist-in-Residence Activities:
• SunSails by Riverfest 2016 Artist in residence, Rachel B. Hayes, will be installed May 20 at Cox Kids Corner on the Hyatt Lawn.
• Creative consultation & drop-in costume workshop for The Flaming Lips-Get Lit: An Electrifying Costume Contest.
• James Marshall screenprinting workshop with Tilt Union: 6:30 p.m., Tues, May 30 at Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington. Tickets available on Eventbrite. 60$ advanced registration required. Lead by Brad Ruder of Tilt Union and James Marshall, all attendees will participate in the screenprinting process and receive a signed James Marshall print valued at over $200.
• Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade, 6:30 p.m., June 2. Members of the Riverfest Artist-in-Residence team will participate alongside contestants of The Flaming Lips-Get Lit: An Electrifying Costume Contest.
RIVERFEST 2016 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
The Riverfest 2016 Artist-In-Residence is fiber artist Rachel B. Hayes!
The Riverfest Artist-in-Residence program was established in 2015 in partnership with Harvester Arts. Wayne White, known for his work on Pee-Wee's Playhouse among scores of other projects, was selected as the first artist-in-residence.
Rachel B. Hayes brings her creative talents to Riverfest 2016, for which she has designed SunSails, an installation built of fabric and high-tension wire that will be installed at Cox Kids Corner on May 28 and remain throughout the festival. Architect Terry Wiggers and fellow WFI volunteers, local creatives and City of Wichita Public Works and Parks and Recreation staff have worked with the artist to make her vision a reality. The artwork will bring beauty and much-needed shade to this festival zone on the lawn of the Hyatt Regency Wichita.
Born and raised outside Kansas City, Mo., Hayes resides in Tulsa, Okla. She has completed large outdoor commissions in Rosslyn, Va. and Columbus, Ga. She attended the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the Sculpture Space Residency in Utica, N.Y.; the Art Omi International Artists' Residency in Omi, N.Y.; and the coveted Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in Roswell, N.M. Selected exhibitions include the Sculpture Center in New York City; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kan.; and the BravinLee Programs in lower Manhattan, N.Y.
A number of free activities featuring the artist are planned May 25-June 24. No reservations are required: