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NEW ORLEANS' OLD NO. 77 HOTEL & CHANDLERY LAUNCHES SUMMER ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM Student artist from Chicago will live at the hotel, explore the city and create works for a show on Aug. 6 during White Linen Night.

June 30, 2016 - NEW ORLEANS, La. - Since opening last year in New Orleans' Warehouse Arts District, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery has focused on serving as an incubator for emerging artists through deeply integrated partnerships with New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the region's tuition-free arts high school, and Where Y'Art, local gallerists and online cultivators of New Orleans art. This summer, the historic warehouse hotel is debuting an Artist in Residence program and inviting a student artist from outside the city to live at the hotel for a month at no charge so they can explore and create in New Orleans' unique artistic atmosphere. Throughout the month of July, guests and locals will have the opportunity to connect with the artist in residence during lobby events and follow along with his artistic adventures in New Orleans on social media. The program will culminate with an exhibition in the hotel's Chandlery space on August 6, 2016 during White Linen Night, a massive block party that draws thousands of art patrons through the galleries along Julia Street in the Warehouse District.

Thomas "TJ" Kiser, a Chicago native in his second year at the Art Institute of Chicago, will serve as the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery's first artist in residence. During his stay, Kiser will keep a journal with writings, poems, and sketches of the architecture, people and places that spark his imagination and creativity during his time in New Orleans. All month long, he will post about his adventures and preview works he's creating on the hotel's Instagram account - @Old77Hotel - using the hashtag #77ResidentArtist - and on Aug. 6, 2016, he will debut his completed works in the lobby gallery of the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery during White Linen Night. To give back to the artistic community in New Orleans and support local students in their arts educations, all proceeds from works sold during Kiser's show will benefit New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Having discovered an early love of art as a child, Kiser now uses his paintings and drawings as a medium to express what it is that he finds beautiful and meaningful. Describing his art as filled with the child-like exuberance that drove him to sketch his first drawing, Kiser's approach to art making is one that is playful, endlessly creative and is defined by his home town. Just as the unconventional spirit of New Orleans has inspired generations of artists in the south, the rhythm of urban life in Chicago has informed Kiser's body of work.

"Drawing on the quick pace of city life, my art is full of fast gestures, brutal honesty, and colors laid down like a blur, some haphazardly and some with serious contemplation," describes Kiser in his artist statement. "Filtering my artistic training through my inner youthful sensibilities, I try to scramble up the neatness that so often associated with adulthood."

Kiser's work can be viewed at www.thomaskiserart.com and more information about the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery can be found at www.old77hotel.com.

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About The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

Ubicado en el Warehouse Arts District, a solo tres cuadras del French Quarter y a un corto paseo del Centro de Convenciones, el Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery de 167 habitaciones presenta arte del Centro de Nueva Orleans para las Artes Creativas y Where Y'Art ; un espacio minorista de Chandlery con artículos de los fabricantes de Nueva Orleans; cocina galardonada de la chef Nina Compton en Compere Lapin y Tout La; Wi-Fi gratis; y los exclusivos menús Pillow y Spiritual de Provenance Hotels. The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery se puede encontrar en línea en www.old77hotel.com .

About Provenance Hotels
Provenance Hotels, con sede en Portland, Oregón, desarrolla galardonados hoteles boutique urbanos con una historia de arte distintiva y profundamente integrada. Desde el sueño hasta la tranquilidad, el menú de almohadas y el menú espiritual exclusivos de Provenance Hotels tienen a los huéspedes cubiertos. Todos los hoteles de Provenance dan la bienvenida al mejor amigo del hombre con alojamientos que aceptan mascotas y comodidades que van desde comederos para mascotas, camas y juguetes hasta un menú espiritual para mascotas. La cartera incluye Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia y Sentinel en Portland, Oregón, Hotel Max en Seattle, Washington, Hotel Murano en Tacoma, Washington, Hotel Preston en Nashville, Tennessee y Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery en New Orleans, Luisiana. Provenance Hotels abrirá el Hotel Theodore en Seattle en el otoño de 2016 y se puede encontrar en línea en www.provenancehotels.com .