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Visual Artist in Residence (SUVAIR)

  • Seattle University Artist In Residence (SUVAIR)

    Seattle University offers a unique place for an artist to work with scholars and students across disciplines. At the center of the SU education is justice in all its, forms. 

    The SUVAIR was formed to facilitate research and support for artists in their creative process. This program is designed to foster a unique environment for artists and students from which new ideas emerge that can change the way we see the world. The residency will provide artists with the valuable resources of time and space for open-ended investigation, experimentation and collaboration. The program gives artists the opportunity to push the boundaries of their own practice. This freedom we hope will foster collaborations that promote new approaches to arts education, foster community building, and provide a catalyst for social change.

    The SUVAIR creates a forum for dialogue between the public and the artist in residence through artist talks, a projects studio, open studio time, and other forms of public programming and materials. Our residency is housed within the Seattle University campus with full access to the university library and facilities. The residency studio and offices are housed within two recently renovated buildings that once housed a streetcar turn-house. The Seattle University Fine Arts buildings are within the vibrant and bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood. The appointment is for six months beginning in July and ending in January, and has been made entirely possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.Seattle – 

    Seattle University is extremely pleased to announce the selection of Jason Hirata as the 2014 Seattle University Visual Artist in Residence. For the SVAIR, Hirata will bring his collaborative and inclusive social practice to SU with a variety of lectures, film screenings, conversations, and student art critiques planned for the six-month residency. The residency will culminate in Hirata presenting a program within our Vachon Gallery in the early winter of 2015.

    Jason Hirata received his BFA from the University of Washington in 2009, Hirata’s shifting, situation-specific practice has taken numerous forms: he has allowed others to make his work following open-ended instructions (Wooden Sculptures, 2009); launched a pre-paid cellphone into outer space (I Want You to Want Me: Experiments in Synergy, 2010, with Matt Hilger); provided sustenance for curious passersby (Hidden Snacks, 2010, with Sol Hashemi); refrained from using his lips in public for two days (Are You an Illusion?, 2010); made drawings with his own sweat and that of his dealer (New Work, 2010); created an ideal aural environment (Quality You’ve Never Seen, 2011); performed with Grand Openings (Group Affinity, 2011); deployed posters he designed for Thai restaurants (Bubble Tea, 2011); conducted a reward-based, instructional happening (Let Me Be a Stranger, 2011); baked carbon-infused, edible black bread (Pair/Pare, 2013, with Serrah Russell-Sawer); manifested sculptural inquiries into camera stabilization systems in an optimized white space (Optium LH-3m, 2013); produced commercial acrylic paintings on canvas (Contemporary Fine Art Paintings (new) (for sale), 2014); and constructed spoken allegory for radio broadcast (The Talking Show, 2014, with Amelia Hooning). 

    Hirata is a member of the curatorial collective TARL, and he collaborates with Amelia Hooning as “Us.” He lives and practices in Seattle.