The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City Names New Artist in Residence
Jerry Bennett Appointed as 2018-2019 Artist in Residence at Historic Oklahoma City Hotel
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City 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 Oct. 1, 2018.
Skirvin Paseo Artist Creativity Exposition, or SPACE, is a unique urban Artist-in-Residence 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 by a committee consisting of distinguished artists, leaders from the Paseo Art Association and members of The Skirvin Hilton.
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 creating 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 who creates workshops and demonstrations for organizations such as Positive Tomorrows, Metropolitan Library System: MWC Moore and Northwest Branches and University of Central Oklahoma. He also speaks 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, The Skirvin Hilton. “His art is a fresh introduction to our program and is incredibly popular, following the recent release of several Marvel movies to the big screen. I am confident that our hotel guests will enjoy this fun and unique Artist-in-Residence experience.”
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About The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
The Skirvin Hilton originally opened in 1911 and has been synonymous with elegance and innovation for the past five generations, hosting oil barons, dignitaries, movie stars, political leaders and presidents ever since. Guests from around the globe have traveled through the downtown Skirvin Hilton to experience its unique sophistication and timelessness. In 2007, Skirvin Partners in Development, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Hilton partnered on renovating the hotel to its original glory. The reopening event was designated as an official Oklahoma Centennial event and since the renovation, the hotel has earned AAA Four-Diamond rating every year and received the Mayor’s Development Award for best downtown development. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is owned and operated by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Skirvin Partners in Development.
The hotel features 225 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 20 one-bedroom suites, one presidential suite and 18,500 square feet of premiere meeting and pre-function space. It is home to the upscale Park Avenue Grill restaurant and Red Piano lounge.
The Skirvin Hilton was recognized as one of the Best Hotels in the USA by U.S. News & World Report, finishing as the #1 Hotel in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma. The hotel remains on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Skirvin Hilton is located at One Park Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information, please visit www.skirvinhilton.com and follow the company on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheSkirvinHilton) and Twitter (@SkirvinHiltonOK).
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Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and The SafeHouse. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).
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