AVA a-i-r program
Light artist Jill Mulholland Selected for AVA Artist Residency
Summer 2018 term
Jill is the featured AVA Artist during June's 2nd Saturday Art Walk
June 9, 5pm-8pm at AVA's pop-up space and a-i-r studio
Located on top floor of 80 11th Street
ASTORIA (May 1, 2018) – Astoria Visual Arts welcomes artist Jill Mulholland to work in its studio at 80 11th Street in Astoria, rent-free, as part of the AVA artist-in- residence (“AVA a-i- r”) program. The residency runs from May 1 through August 31, 2018.
“Jill was selected from a competitive field of outstanding applicants. The submissions for this round were among the most impressive and ambitious we’ve received since starting the a-i- r program back in 2015,” says AVA Board President Lisa Smith. “It was a difficult choice for the selection committee, but Jill’s concept for the residency was highly original and of a very special nature. We plan to mount a major – major for AVA, anyhow – installation of her work during the June 9th Second Saturday Art Walk in Astoria, utilizing both of AVA’s studio/gallery spaces at
80 11 th Street.”
Originally trained in archaeology, Mulholland has practiced, taught, researched, written, designed and built with light and lighting as a theatrical lighting designer, an architectural lighting designer, professor, scholar, and, now, as a light artist. She has taught architectural design studios, visualization, and lighting classes at Texas A&M and the University of Oklahoma and was awarded the Baker Chair in Light and Design at the University of Oregon. She is currently an instructor at the Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy, a course housed at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mulholland also is employed by the International Association of Lighting Designers Education Trust, where she works with an all-volunteer board of professionals to help ensure the future of the profession. She will be the featured speaker at the Columbia Forum on May 17.
Mulholland’s creative passion is rooted in the beauty of light and its ability to be felt on a physiological level. “An example of this,” she says, “is that involuntary ‘ohhh’ that escapes from us during fireworks, when we palpably feel that ineffable beauty in our being.”
“My doctoral dissertation, Light Celebrating Place, West Texas Road Trip, resulted in four works of light art that also brought me out as an artist,” she explains. In this research, she says, she “discovered” that there are four aspects of light; shadow, reflection, color and glow, each capable of making us feel a wide range of embodied emotions. Her art deals with these four aspects of light, in some projects she incorporates more than one of them.
The AVA a-i-r program is supported by membership dues and contributions from supporters of Astoria Visual Arts,
and by the generosity of:
Astoria Coffee House & Bistro | Merry Time Bar and Grill
About the program
The AVA a-i-r Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and professional growth of local artists. Residency finalists are chosen on the basis of merit by an independent selection panel of professionals in the arts and arts patrons. The selected artists are provided with a studio in the Astoria Downtown Historic District free of charge for a four-month residency period. Artists who have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply with an updated portfolio and statement reflecting updates and changes.
>>> General Information/How to Apply:
The disciplines, and what to submit:
Eligibility: Local artists, at least 18 years of age and living within the greater Astoria area, will be judged on the quality of the their work and professional promise. (AVA a-i-r does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.)
Requirements: While no exhibition, publication or performance is required of the selected artist, community responsibility includes weekend open studio events during Astoria's Second Saturday ArtWalk at least twice during the four-month residency.
Length of stay: Four-month-long residencies.
Aid: Selected artists will be provided with a small studio in the Astoria Downtown Historic District, free of charge. Some additional financial help with art supplies and drink/food vouchers may be provided.
Call for artists will be by local media, web posting and social media.
Selection committee: An independent panel of working artists and supporters will serve as the selection committee.
Residency extensions: Current a-i-r artists are eligible to extend their residencies into the next residency cycle. However, in order to extend their residency, the current resident artists must submit a new application in which they make the case, through narrative and documentation, that they used the residency well to date, but need more time to bring project(s) to completion or, at least, closer to completion. Note that an application for extension does not guarantee selection. The process remains competitive.
Include in your application:
Website (if available)
An essay of no more than 250 words.
Please answer within the essay: "What are your goals for this residency?" and "How might the residency help your creative pursuits?"
Work samples (as noted above)
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