Our exhibition programming is open to all art forms, but with a strong emphasis on installation and performance art. Resident Artists from across the country spend two-week residencies in Wichita to complete an installation of their work and act as catalysts with fresh ideas and dialogue. Local artists and writers, student groups and community members access the resident artist’s creative process and respond with new work through exhibitions, essays and/or events. Discussion sessions, artist talks, potlucks and exhibitions foster further creative explorations.
Artist INC is a cutting edge training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Limited to 25 participants per session, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Using an innovative class design, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, as well as large group discussion and multi-media lectures. Now in its eleventh year, the Artist INC workshop has been completed by more than 1300 regional artists.
Our March 2020 Resident Artist is Sia Joung who lives and works in Sterling, Kansas. Building upon Sia Joung’s foundation on the concept of Regionalism, she plans to research agricultural cooperative producers and diverse communities around the state of Iowa and Kansas during her residency at Harvester Arts. Simultaneously, she will explore how our surface of identity will react with the surface of the land.
Factory Obscura is an Oklahoma City-based art collective creating immersive experiences that awaken wonder, build community, and make the world better. As this year’s Wichita Riverfest Artist-in-Residence, Factory Obscura will debut their first collaborative experience outside the state of Oklahoma to create an interactive experience on the festival grounds, a collaborative arts curriculum for teachers and students, and a community collaboration to fill the streets of Wichita with river-inspired magic during the festival’s kick-off parade!
Harvester Arts received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita.
For 12 years, the City of Wichita has granted funding to local arts organizations to recognize, preserve and celebrate Wichita’s rich arts and cultural heritage - a heritage that has a tremendous impact on all residents’ quality of life.