The Riverfest 2020 Artist-in-Residence is Factory Obscura!

Art collective Factory Obscura, headquartered in Oklahoma City, will work with local artists to create an immersive art environment at the festival. Factory Obscura's immersive experiences awaken wonder, build community, and make the world better. Founded in 2017, the collective created a series of wildly successful temporary projects across Oklahoma City, leading them to their first permanent experience, Mix-Tape, which opened in 2019. This 6,000 square foot experience invites participants to explore the old-school art of the mix-tape through new media environments of visuals, sounds, textures, and interactivity. With a total of 60,000 experience participants to date, Factory Obscura is building a creative economy that supports artists and arts education in Oklahoma and beyond. 

"Factory Obscura is at the forefront of artist collectives across the country that are creating immersive installations for the public,” said Kate Van Steenhuyse, cofounder and executive director of Harvester Arts, which has partnered with Wichita Festivals on the Artist-in-Residence program since 2015. “We are really excited to have these artists in Wichita, engaging with the local creative community, and constructing an experience for festival-goers that is completely wacky and unique.”


The Riverfest 2019 Artist-In-Residence is George Ferrandi!

George Ferrandi, a Brooklyn-based performance, installation and community artist, brings her Jump!Star movement to Riverfest, to celebrate and create new traditions around the eventual changing of our North Star. Throughout the festival, Ferrandi hosted evening workshops for the public to contribute to an installation in Ackerman’s Backyard. Wichita State University students also are worked, with the artist’s guidance, to build large paper lanterns that will be carried in the Safelite AutoGlass® Sundown Parade and put on display in the windows of the former central-branch library on Main Street.
Learn more about Jump!Star.
Read the media release about Riverfest 2019 Artist-in-Residence George Ferrandi



The Riverfest 2018 Artist-In-Residence is JooYoung Choi!

Through painting, video, sculpture, animation and music, multi-disciplinary artist JooYoung Choi documents the interconnecting narratives of a high-structured, expansive fictional land called the Cosmic Womb. Choi’s work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the United States, and has been featured by numerous regional and international media groups and publications. Her work can be found in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and William P. Hobby Airport. Join the artist as she creates a fantastical landscape with the help of attendees during the festival.
Read the media release about Riverfest 2018 Artist-in-Residence JooYoung Choi


The Riverfest 2016 Artist-In-Residence is James Marshall aka Dalek!

Photo by Christer Berg

World renowned muralist, painter, designer and street artist, James Marshall aka Dalek is the Riverfest 2017 Artist-in-Residence. Marshall has designed graphics and paint projects for the festival, including a DJ booth and series of public-use furniture that will be used annually in Ackerman’s Backyard.

James Marshall currently lives and works in North Carolina. He holds a BS in Anthropology and Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago. The creator of Space Monkey, he has been featured in many books and magazine articles, including Dalek: Nickel Plated Angels (2003), Dalek: Sonic Order of Happiness (2005), and Street World: Urban Culture and Art from Five Continents (2007). His work has been reviewed in multiple publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Tokion, Juxtapoz, Art Papers, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and NYArts. Additionally, Marshall’s design work has appeared in a wide spectrum of mediums from skateboard decks, sneakers and attire, to sculptures and a Scion car as well as a Target home furnishings line. The artist’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across North America, Europe, and Japan.

James Marshall Screenprinting Workshop with Tilt Union:
6:30 p.m., Tues, May 30, 2017 at Harvester Arts.
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.


                           Space Monkey                        Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington



The Riverfest 2016 Artist-In-Residence is fiber artist
Rachel B. Hayes!

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


The Riverfest 2015 Artist-In-Residence is Wayne White!


Enjoy this article and video about Wayne from Kansas.com

The debut Riverfest/Harvester Arts Artist-in-Residence was Emmy and Billboard award-winning artist Wayne White. He worked with local artists and community members to build large-scale puppets – Carrie Nation chasing a running whiskey bottle, plane parts that come to life in the hands of a team of Rosie the Riveters, and a Conestoga wagon complete with an animated cowboy and a herd of cattle – for Riverfest’s Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade. White spent ten days in Wichita, conducting mask-making workshops and sharing his genius at an artist talk and a screening of “Beauty is Embarrassing,” the 2012 documentary that tells the artist’s story.

Best known for his set and puppet designs for “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” for which he won three Emmy awards, White also voiced characters on the show. His other television credits include production and set design for “Shining Time Station,” “Riders in the Sky,” “The Weird Al Show,” and “Beakman's World.” White was also art director of two seminal music videos, Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time,” for which he won a Billboard award for best art direction in a music video, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight.” He creates in a variety of media.

Mimi Pond, Wayne White’s spouse, was also in residence. An artist, cartoonist and illustrator, Pond was nominated for two Emmys for her work on The Simpsons and has been published by National Lampoon, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Adweek, and others. She is the author and illustrator of five books and currently contributes to the Los Angeles Times.

Artist-in-Residence 2015 Wayne White/Event Schedule
7 p.m., Thursday, May 21: Film screening-“Beauty is Embarrassing”
1-3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 24:  Mask-making workshop, Harvester Arts
7 p.m., Monday, May 25: Artist’s Talk with Wayne White, Abode Venue
1-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26: Mask-making workshop, Harvester Arts
5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26: Mask-making workshop, Harvester Arts
4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28:  Mimi Pond author/artist talk and book-signing at Watermark
6:30 p.m., Friday, May 29: Puppets debut at Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade at Riverfest 2015

Read the media release about Riverfest 2015 Artist-in-Residence Wayne White

Sponsors for the Riverfest Artist Residency with Wayne White include Harvester Arts; Ulrich Museum of Art; Wichita State University School of Art, Design and Creative Industries; Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission; Lucinda’s; Abode Venue; Watermark Books; WaterWalk Hotel & Apartments; Tallgrass Film Association; Wichita Center for the Arts; and The Arts Council.

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