Riverfest Artist in Residence 2017
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.
This year, James Marshall brought his creative talents to Riverfest 2017, for which he designed graphics and paint projects that were seen throughout the festival. Dalek worked 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.
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.”
James Marshall currently lives and works in North Carolina. He is represented by Jonathan LeVine Gallery and Guy Hepner, both in NYC. Marshall holds a BS in Anthropology and Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago. James Marshall 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. James Marshall’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across North America, Europe, and Japan.
For each Resident Artist, at least two local Satellite Artists or groups are selected. Satellite Artists are tasked with taking an aspect of the Resident’s work, process, or ideas and creating new work in response. Satellite Artists have the opportunity to work closely with the Resident Artist. Satellite Artists may collaborate or produce independent work. Satellite Artists are responsible for an exhibition and receive a stipend of $250 each.
Interested in participating with Harvester Arts? Harvester Arts is open to all art forms but does focus on installation and performative projects. Our residencies offer an opportunity for an artist to develop and experiment.