The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is pleased to announce Jerry Bennett as its seventh Artist in Residence. Bennett, an accomplished comic and pop culture artist, will work in the historic hotel’s studio space for one year beginning October 1, 2018.
SkirvinPaseo Artist Creativity Exposition, or SPACE, is a unique urban Artist-in-Residency program in which emerging visual artists who are members of the Paseo Arts Association can apply for a yearlong, on-site residency in Oklahoma City’s premier downtown landmark hotel. Bennett was selected from a distinguished pool of artists by a selection committee consisting of leaders from the Paseo Art Association and members of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
As the 2018-2019 Skirvin Hilton Artist in Residence, Bennett will create a series of original short comic book vignettes consisting of original pen and ink pieces, in addition to the creation of a unique Oklahoma-centric comic book. Inspiration for the project will stem from Oklahoma City’s landmarks, as well as popular sites throughout the state. Additionally, as part of his residency, Bennett encourages and welcomes guests of all ages to stop by the studio to craft and design their own mini-comic, which will serve as a memento of this year’s Artist-in-Residence program.
Bennett prides himself on not only being a talented comic-focused artist, but also working as an educator by creating workshops and demonstrations for organizations such as Positive Tomorrows, Metropolitan Library System: MWC Moore and Northwest Branches, and University of Central Oklahoma, in addition to speaking at local events such as the New World Comic Con and Soonercon. Aside from engaging in public speaking, Bennett is also a freelance artist who has worked with industry titans such as DreamWorks, Stan Lee, Scholastic Children’s Books and Upper Deck (Marvel), to name a few.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jerry as our next Artist in Residence,” said Gerald Rappaport, general manager of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel. “His art is a fresh introduction to our program and incredibly popular following the release of the Marvel comic book inspired movies that have recently hit the big screen. I am confident that our hotel guests will enjoy this fun and unique Artist-in-Residence experience.”