Oklahoma City – LaQuincey Reed is the tenth artist-in-residence at the Skirvin Hilton hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The historic site and the Paseo Arts Association hosted a reception this week to kick off Reed’s tenure.
LaQuincey is a figurative sculptor who lives and works in Oklahoma and will work in the studio at the historic hotel until October 2022.
LaQuincey began his artistic career as a painter, but found he could express himself best through clay. While pursuing a degree in fine arts at the University of Oklahoma, he discovered a love for sculpture and the business that comes with it. After graduating, he worked as an assistant sculptor on the Oklahoma Landrun monument.
He has been commissioned to complete work for the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Cleveland County Courthouse, the Oklahoma State Capitol and other institutions. He exhibits his works across the country, and his work was part of the Brookgreen Gardens exhibit of Emerging Stars in American Sculpture.
His work is three dimensional figurative art and currently he focuses on black people in the West and their impact and influence on the West.
In a press release sent to news agencies, Reed commented:
“I feel that my work fits well with the scope of the Artist-in-Residence program which is to bring the arts to the community, to educate, entertain and inspire. In the space, viewers will be able to observe the process of creating a work that goes from a piece of clay and wire to a complete figurative work with movement and emotion that tells a story.
In further reflections, reported in this month’s print edition of The Oklahoma City Sentinel, he said, “My sculpture uses the human figure as an allegory and personification of abstract concepts. Connecting people to the figure easily and tapping into that familiarity allows an artist to display a wide range of emotions that expand the communication between artist and viewer.”
“We are proud to partner again with the Paseo Arts Association to showcase our city’s diverse arts community and provide a platform to creatively challenge, enlighten and engage our guests,” said Kyle Lippe, CEO of The Skirvin.
“It was immediately apparent that the energy and freshness of LaQuincey’s approach to engaging others in his unique art was perfect for pursuing this program. We are thrilled to have her in our space and can’t wait for everyone to experience her art.
SPACE is described as “a unique urban artists-in-residence program in which members of the Paseo Arts Association can apply for a one-year on-site residency at the first historic hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The Skirvin provides a working art studio where the artist can create their work and allows hotel guests and visitors to observe and participate in the creative process.”
Amanda Bleakley, Executive Director of the association, said, “We are thrilled to welcome LaQuincey to our SPACE, Skirvin Paseo Artists Creativity Exposition, at the Skirvin Hilton. This is a partnership that began in 2012 and continues to be highly sought after and was the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.
For more than 100 years, the historic Skirvin Hilton hotel has been, according to hotel officials, “synonymous with purpose, elegance and innovation. Since its inception, the identification and support from the hotel to the arts are legendary. Many major arts organizations including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma Theater Center, Oklahoma City Ballet and Allied Arts have featured at the Skirvin.”
Note: Pat McGuigan of The Oklahoma City Sentinel contributed to this story.