"Astoria Park" by A. King McCarty

"Astoria Park" by A. King McCarty

 Mirror Painting by Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

Mirror Painting by Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

With two new artists taking part in the 2018 ArtHotel Residency, QCA invites the Queens community to visit their open studios.

At QCA, we are so lucky to work in such a diverse borough where so many disciplines are represented, but regardless if they’re a visual artist, a dancer, a filmmaker, a musician, or do any other type of practice, one of the biggest challenges facing them is for suitable (not to mention affordable!) studio space to rehearse and create work, as well as spaces to present. Oftentimes it forces artists to be a bit more adventurous and creative to find a place to produce work.

That’s is why our ArtHotel Residencies are such an exciting opportunity, one at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City and one at the Springhill Suites LaGuardia in Corona.

 Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

By having artists work in a non-traditional art space – a Queens hotel – the residency not only gives them plenty of appropriate space to create, it also gives them the opportunity to focus on their work in the public realm and build relationships with new audiences throughout the borough.

We hope these residencies can give access to the public to view a working artist’s creative process, and hopefully raise interest and increase dialogue in how cultural life can grow in Queens.

For this year’s residency, we are proud to invite two artists: Kamille Ejerta (artists name OGMillie), a self described “visually impaired Street Pop Artist with a vintage flair,” and A. King McCarty, a multidisciplinary artist that looks to use her work to tell stories about herself and her community.

When we asked them both about their projects, both Kamille and A. King highlighted the inspiration they’ve taken from Queens, and how much they look forward to working in a public space that invites Queens residents and hotel guests alike to experience the art-making process in person. They mentioned how important being in the Queens community was in order to learn and gain insights for their projects.

 A. King McCarty

A. King McCarty

Kamille’s project at the Paper Factory Hotel will be large-scale paintings on vintage mirrors, beginning with the Queens Unisphere and then 4 works depicting different cultural icons.

A. King will use her residency at the Springhill Suites to grow her project “Splendid Astoria,” where she combines colored pencil and pen sketches with short essays to illustrate daily life and her relationship with her neighborhood. By expanding the project to “Splendid Queens,” she hopes to speak with visiting community members and inspire them to explore their borough and perhaps even create art based on their neighborhoods themselves.

The artists will have open studios throughout the run of their residencies, and we hope you will come through, view their works in process, and talk to A King and Kamille, and be part of the Queens story they’re hoping to tell. Take a look on our calendar for upcoming open studio dates, and we'll also post more open studios throughout the residency.

To see more upcoming open studio dates, QCA Event Calendar click here

For more information about the 2018 ArtHotel Residencies, click here

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