Believing in the creative magic that New Orleans inspires, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery’s Artist in Residence program invites an out-of-town artist to take up residence at the Warehouse Arts District hotel each summer during the month of July while the artist produces a collection of original works inspired by the Crescent City.
This summer, Kate Lewis, a Chicago-based artist, will reside at the hotel while she captures the historic structures of New Orleans through large-scale black and white illustrations, guided by the stories of locals that she meets throughout her stay. Lewis will debut her completed works during an exhibition show on White Linen Night, August 5th and share previews of her creative process throughout July via the hotel’s Instagram account – @Old77Hotel.
Crafting the guestroom that Kate will call home while in New Orleans, Alex Geriner of Doorman Designs teamed up with the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery to transform one of the hotel’s guestrooms into a live-in artist Studio that will remain a permanent feature of the hotel following Kate’s residency.
Lewis first discovered a love for southern culture while aiding in the aftermath of the BP oil spill in Louisiana in 2010. Originally born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Lewis is a “YES” person who found herself hardwired to think in terms of numbers, angles, geometry and perspective after several years spent studying accounting at the University of Florida. Eventually siding with a passion for traveling and earning a degree in Travel & Tourism, Lewis began carrying blank postcard paper, pens and a small watercolor set to capture the places she wanted to remember. Lewis’ work can be viewed at www.katelynnlewis.com
In summer 2016, Thomas “TJ” Kiser, a second year student at the Art Institute of Chicago, debuted as the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery’s first Artist in Residence.