The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, in partnership with the Paseo Arts Association, has named Romy Owens as its first artist-in-residence. The Oklahoma City artist will create original artwork this month in the hotel's studio space overlooking Broadway and remain at the hotel for one year.
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.
“We're thrilled to welcome our first artist to the program,” said Martin van der Laan, general manager of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel. “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.”
Owens combines photography and sewing to create richly textured surfaces that make playful use of color and line. She earned a master's degree in photography from Oklahoma City University in 2005.
“I am so thrilled and so grateful for this opportunity,” Owens said. “I have a full year of exhibitions ahead of me, and I look forward to creating my work in this unique space. I can't wait to see how this residency will impact my process, and to display my work for visitors from around the city, state, and world.”
The Skirvin Hilton is on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, go to www.skirvinhilton.com