RIVERFEST 2016 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
This year's 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:
• Public Art & Creative Placemaking Panel, 5:30 p.m., May 25 at CityArts, 334 N. Mead
Featuring Rachel B. Hayes; Terry Wiggers; Ann Keefer; John D’Angelo, director, Division of Cultural Arts & Services-City of Wichita; Kate Van Steenhuyse; Kristin Beal; and Troy Houtman, director of Parks and Recreation-City of Wichita.
• Rachel B. Hayes: Artist Talk, 7 p.m., May 27 at Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington.
• SunSails artwork installation in progress, May 28 at Cox Kids Corner on the Hyatt Lawn.
• Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade, 6:30 p.m., June 3. Hayes and other members of the Riverfest Artist-in-Residence team will participate.
• Light and Shade, works by Rachel B. Hayes, on display 6-9 p.m., May 27 and June 24 or by appointment May 27- July 8 at Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington.
Read the media release about Riverfest Artist-in-Residence Rachel B. Hayes