2018 QCA ArtHotel Residency Program
Meet the Artists
The QCA ArtHotel residency is intended to give artists a safe place to focus on their work in the public realm, build different audiences, and be seen making work within the Queens community. In turn this will give access to the public to a working artist’s process. This residency is also intended to build the value of local working artists in an attempt to revise the narrative of displacement due to gentrification and development borough-wide.
As the organizer of this residency, QCA’s view is that artists are creative and valuable community members who are often experts at creative problem solving and encouraging neighbors to interact, in addition to being specialists who make works of art. The public will be invited into the artist’s “hotel” studios to experience the creative process at various times during the residency. The hotels to be acting as hosts for the 2018 QCA ArtHotel Residency include The Paper Factory Hotel, located in LIC and SpringHill Suites NY LaGuardia located in Corona.The QCA website will have updates for ongoing activities as each of these participating hotels for the duration of the 3 month residency.
Congratulations to visual artists A. King McCarty and Kamille Ejerta. The artists were chosen from a pool of applicants based upon criteria that included artistic excellence, a public engagement experience and a clear proposal of art activity to happen during the residency. For dates on their Open Studios visit: https://www.queenscouncilarts.org/calendar
A. King McCarty is a multidisciplinary artist and writer living in Queens. As the creator of Splendid Astoria, AKM produces art based on all the details, both small and large, that make Queens such a magical place to call home. Recent exhibitions include the Plaxall Gallery, Queens, Artists Image Resource Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA and the Backlot Arts Festival, Queens. AKM lives near Astoria Park with a beloved husband and many, many plants, is a proud volunteer with the Astoria Park Alliance and a member of Long Island City Artists.
Kamille Ejerta, otherwise known by her street name, " OGMillie " is an NYC based visually impaired Street-Pop artist with a vintage flair. She focuses on the inspirational hard work that iconic international figures are known for. Her art is most recognized by the medium of acrylic painted portraits on vintage decorative mirrors. After experiencing a vision-threatening emergency, art became a savior to OGMillie at a time when she needed hope and found her escape through art.
PAPER FACTORY HOTEL
Located in the heart of LIC, at the crossroads of the Kaufman Arts District and Astoria, the Paper Factory Hotel is an ideal choice for the business traveler as well as the lifestyle driven tourist eager to access New York City. The Paper Factory Hotel’s combined 5,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces make the venue a leading business, wedding, entertainment and party destination that has hosted world-class performers and families creating lifelong memories. Each of the 122 guestrooms has its own unique aesthetic with relaxing hues, curated art, and custom furnishings. The eclectic decor and artistic ambiance are enriched by modern industrial accents reminiscent of this building’s past- a radio manufacturing factory in 1920s, a paper factory in 1970s, converted into a hotel in 2010s. Paper Factory Hotel also features a restaurant and bar, Lily Valley, known for it’s date night vibes and highly reviewed food and drink. http://www.paperfactoryhotel.com
SpringHill Suites Laguardia
This extended-stay hotel provides an unbeatable location in the Corona neighborhood. Travel is just minutes to Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and New York Hall of Science and we offer a complimentary shuttle to and from LaGuardia Airport. Touch down into relaxation at our apartment-style suites complete with free Wi-Fi, luxurious bedding and ergonomic workstations. Following your restful night, awake and energize at our free breakfast buffet serving all of your morning favorites daily. Quench your thirst at our stylish lobby bar. Our fitness center helps you burn some of your consumed calories and achieve your health goals. Traveling for business? Host your meeting in one of our three event rooms that offer AV equipment and catering services. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/nycqc-springhill-suites-new-york-laguardia-airport