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 and/or adults.
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
Kate Meyer Exhibit
June 29 – July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the lobby. Everyone is welcome!
“My ongoing body of work examines the intricate relationship between our heart and our minds. Memories, experiences, and feelings shape the paths of our life, yet how we analyze and react to those experiences can alter that path dramatically. This ongoing struggle between internal and external is at the root of my work as I examine the path that my own life has taken, and find peace and acceptance along the way.
“In my series Unbound, I am exploring my own personal experience with grief and how fear of vulnerability constructs barriers around our hearts. These barriers ultimately cannot be sustained, and the breakdown of these walls and the unveiling of the heart is the most beautiful journey we will embark on,” states Kate.
Kate’s medium of choice is encaustic – a luminous mixture of beeswax, resin, and pigment that allows her to create both visual and structural depth. It also allows her to embed objects into the wax, carve out textures, and even transfer images. Building layer upon layer, sometimes digging back into time that has already passed to create the appearance of beauty on the surface, is what draws her to encaustics.
Kate Meyer has degrees in zoology and fine art from Michigan State University and Lansing Community College, respectively. Her work has been exhibited in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan. She also has taught classes in the area as well.
Beibei & Leilei Chen Exhibit
August 3 – 24, 2018
Reception: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the lobby. Everyone is welcome!
Leilei Chen and Beibei Chen are twin sisters from China, and have worked collaboratively together in creating the series of paintings and ceramics in their exhibit. They received their graduate degrees from the top and best ranking universities in China. Within their fields of expertise, they teach both undergraduate and graduate students at Liaoning University of Technology in China.
Leilei received her BFA in studio oil-painting from China’s top fine arts school, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 2002, and in 2007, she received her graduate degree in art history from Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University, where culture, history, and art are emphasized. Prior to coming to the United States, she was an assistant professor of art at Culture Dissemination College, Liaoning University of Technology, where she taught undergraduate courses in drawing, oil painting, watercolor, and photography. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Beibei Chen received her BFA from College of Art Design & Architecture, Liaoning University of Technology and in 2008, she received her graduate degree from School of Arts Peking University, the top and best ranking university in China. Her fields of expertise include Chinese and western art, as well as art-based research methodologies and theories. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at College of Art Design & Architecture, Liaoning University of Technology, where she has taught courses related to art history, animation, graphic design and photography.
Leilei & Beibei have exhibited their works nationally and internationally. One of their paintings, “Youth” has won the third prize for the national painting competition in China in 2009.
“Being Chinese artists residing and studying in the United States, our work is heavily influenced by Chinese culture, aesthetics, and philosophy. We have always been interested in engaging with environmental and cultural issues through ceramics and painting.”
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