Artist In Residence
The Artist In Residence program invites local artists to create an art installation
for display on stage for the annual event and give a TEDx talk (5-8 minutes)
that reflects their work and that year’s event theme. Read more stories about our artists on our blog.
The TEDxMtHood Artist In Residence program invites local artists to create an art installation for display on stage for the annual event and give a TEDx talk that reflects their work and that year’s event theme. Of the hundreds of TEDx events held each year, TEDxMtHood was the first large-scale event to have an Artist In Residence program where local artists work in conjunction with the main event.
The Artist In Residence is both a speaker and an adjunct member of the planning/production team. As a speaker, the artist is assigned a speaker concierge to assist with development of their talk. As a member of the planning/production team, the artist is assigned a liaison from the team. In addition, the previous year’s Artist In Residence provides mentoring, resources and recommendations.
After each annual TEDx event, the next year’s Artist In Residence is selected. Not all artists are experienced speakers so selected artists must be open to coaching and giving a TEDx talk, the live presentation of which is a professional quality video posted in the online collection of TEDx Talks from around the world. Not all artists are experienced with installation so selected artists must demonstrate they are ready to stretch into a new medium and how this will advance their studio practice and career.
The next year’s Artist In Residence is invited soon after the conclusion of the annual event that takes place each spring so they can take advantage of grant cycles. Previous artists who were successful in securing grant funds are encouraged to provide support. TEDxMtHood provides funds towards materials for the project as well as access to volunteers, transportation, web designers, copywriters, lighting designers, videographers and an experienced art installation team. Artists are interviewed and articles posted to the TEDxMtHood website as well as press releases distributed to area media outlets.
Finally, artists are encouraged to take their work designed for the event out into the community for display in public areas such as universities, airports, libraries, etc. The art from the 2011 event, created by artist Blaine Fontana, is on display at both Concordia University and The Rebuilding Center. The art from the 2012 event, created by artist Crystal Schenk, will soon be on display in the community. The art from the 2013 event, created by Rebecca Shapiro, was on display in the Portland International Airport from August 2013 through January 2014. The 2015 Artist In Residence was Sabina Haque.
The TEDxMtHood Artist In Residence program provides artists with a unique opportunity to produce and present their work in an unusual venue. The artist is encouraged to explore their practice as it relates to the TEDx theme, engage with another community they probably have yet to meet, expose their work to new audiences and experience their big ideas in new, dynamic ways.