The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program offers selected local and regional artists a unique opportunity to share their work and talent with students and art-lovers in the Forest Hills area through short-term residencies. Each residency will be launched with a public reception to introduce the artist to the community and unveil an exhibition of their work in the Center gallery. During the period “in residence,” each artist will enjoy use of the resources of the Fine Arts Center studio and provide a variety of interactive presentations and demonstrations for Forest Hills students.
Each year, a committee of art educators, local artists, and community members will identify potential artists in a variety of media and invite them to apply to the program. Five or six residencies will be awarded annually and presented to the community as a series. Selections are made based on the art form and the artist’s scope of experience, body of work, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with community members and students. Information about the AIR Program can be obtained by contacting the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.
The Fine Arts Center’s AIR/Exhibit Program is fully funded through the generosity of Centennial Securities Company.
Viewing the Exhibits
All exhibits at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center are held in the lobby and are free to the public.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (excluding holidays when schools are closed)
Summer Exhibit Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday (excluding holidays)
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the day of the reception, in the FAC Lobby
Everyone Welcome! FREE to the public!
Claus Pahl’s love of working with tile evolved from mosaic tile pictures to intricate cut glass skylines and other pieces of glass art. Each intricate piece of glass is selected by color, texture and sheen then carefully placed to create a work of art.
“When I am in my glass studio time stands still as I am creating a mosaic glass piece. I can work for hours, and it seems as though I just started.” Most skyline pieces have well over 225 hours of creation.
Each city skyline has a special place in my heart. From the rooftops in Stuttgart Germany to the San Francisco Bay and many cities in between.
Claus Pahl Artist Reception
September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Do you remember when someone said something to you that you have never forgotten?
The passing adage a stranger said that you always remember, or that day you couldn’t stop laughing with a close friend...?
The creatures in my work explore these interactions, deeply consider the universe, and what their purpose is. Just like all humans, they want to be loved, and be safe, no matter their background. They are curious and explore relationships we have with friends, strangers, ourselves, and the world. Sometimes they are lost, sometimes they are anxious, but in the end, my goal is to have them present a sense of curiosity and hope. I want the viewer to have a connection with these creatures; to identify with feelings of discomfort, times they were awkward and learning, or in uncomfortable situations, but then remember the positive outcome after.
Laura Corbiani Artist Reception
October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
It’s that power of technical illustration to open up deeper narratives that has always fascinated me the most - to witness the wonder and realization in my audience every time I am able to explain the unbelievable and make the impossible possible to believe is what motivates my work.
Children are inherently curious about how things work, and yet we tend to prune away those desires as we get older. Wordy explanations can lose an audience, which is why cutaway art is a popular vehicle to convey a better picture of what’s going on. Questions get answered, not with words, but with every pull closer the art draws upon the viewer.
There’s magic in bringing to life things that don’t exist. By combining my love of drawing, science fiction, and a desire to explain, I create something greater than the sum of its respective parts. Ultimately turning a work, which is technical in nature, into a dynamic and colorful piece of art generating discussion and awakening curiosity.
Matt Cushman Art Reception
January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm