artist in residence

The Lancaster Festival (Lancaster, Ohio) for over 35 years has been providing art and music events. In that time there have been opportunities for musicians and artists to present their works to the tens of thousands of visitors who come here each year.

Artist in Residence Fellowship, created in 1993, seeks candidates in undergraduate and graduate programs in fine arts to participate in Festival events and create works relevant to their experiences. The artist selected presents finished works during ArtWalk the following July. These pieces remain in the community, enhancing scholarship and our enjoyment of the visual arts.

Art students and recent graduates who reside in Ohio or who attend an Ohio school are eligible for this award. A local jury reviews submitted works to select the winner to become an ‘Artist in Residence’ for that year's Festival.

The successful candidate is invited to experience the Festival and to create works to be exhibited at the following year’s Festival. The award includes admission to all Festival events and lodging in Lancaster. Equally or more importantly, it provides the recipient with an opportunity to meet and develop relationships with others in the art community. After the Festival, the recipient will create finished art work to be displayed the following year and then two pieces would become a part of the Festival’s permanent collection. One half of the cash award is paid up front and the other half in following year.

Kristen Canda

Kristen Canda is the 2017 Artist in Residence and comes with created work for this year's Festival. She currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Ohio Wesleyan University. She has won prestigious awards at the school for her paintings, including The Annie Rogers Rusk Prize in Art. Ms. Canda has also participated in Ohio Wesleyan's New York Arts Program, which provides the invaluable experience of working alongside major artists. In this program, she interned with Steven Assael and Katia Santibaňez. In Ms. Canda's own words, "My work is done in a variety of media and is derived from investigations of my daily life and of the human form. My drawings are often done from direct observation of a model. My paintings are explorations of personal imagery regarding family and nature."