Tuesday, April 17, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Justin Hoekstra in Residence at Burlington City Arts Through May, 2012

Now through Saturday, May 26th, Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the current BCA Center Fourth Floor ArtLab Artist in Residence, Burlington-based artist Justin Hoekstra. Justin will host open studio sessions on the Fourth Floor every Saturday through May from Noon-5pm. This will give visitors a chance to view the creative process, and speak with the artist about his work. There will also be a reception of Justin’s work on Friday, May 4th from 5-8pm.

Justin Hoekstra is a Burlington based artist and senior at the University of Vermont studying fine art. Hoekstra focus is primarily non-objective painting. His work is influenced by abstract expressionism, pop art, and post-modernism. Hoekstra was born in Hammond, Indiana and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. Hoekstra plans to pursue an MFA in painting next fall at the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The BCA Center ArtLab was created in 2004 to invigorate the dialogue between artists and the viewing public in downtown Burlington. After four successful residencies, BCA temporarily closed the fourth floor due to necessary renovations. However, in spring of 2007, the residency program was re-launched. Artists are invited to submit a proposal for the available residency periods, which range from one to three months in duration. During this time, artists can use the beautiful fourth floor studio at the BCA Center as well as Burlington City Arts' clay, photography, and printmaking studios. The resident works with Burlington City Arts staff to offer a workshop, lecture, or special project that engages the public in his/her creative process. The ideal applicant should be a local artist with a history of formally or conceptually rigorous work, excellent communication skills and enthusiasm for interacting with the public.

Image: Justin Hoekstra, C'Mon Do The Flumple, 2012