Romy Owens named Skirvin Hilton Hotel's first artist in residence
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, in partnership with the Paseo Arts Association, has named Romy Owens its first artist in residence.
Owens, an Oklahoma City-based artist, will create original artwork in the hotel’s studio space overlooking Broadway this month and remain at the hotel for one year, according to a news release.
The Skirvin’s new artist-in-residence program is an exciting development for Oklahoma City’s visual arts community. While artist residencies—places that provide creative space and time to artists of all disciplines—have been growing in popularity throughout the country, this partnership represents the first of its kind for the state of Oklahoma, according to the release. It is an opportunity that has valuable potential for Owens, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, and the Oklahoma City community at large.
Not only will Owens have the opportunity to visit with guests as she creates her renowned original artwork, she will also be able to fully involve hundreds of hotel visitors, guests, and employees in her work through her interactive Photobooth series. For more on Owens’ art, go to www.romyowens.com.
“We’re thrilled to welcome our first artist to the program,” said Martin van der Laan, general manager of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, in the release. “The program is poised to gain both local and national attention and we’re proud it has attracted talent such as local artist Romy Owens. Owens was one of three finalists chosen by our selection committee, consisting of leaders in the local art community, the Paseo Art Association and the Skirvin Hilton. The juried panel was impressed with her creative skills, engaging personality and unique point of view. We are very eager to introduce Owens and her work to our guests and residents of the city.”
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