The Southern Institute of Technology continues to strengthen its arts curriculum by engaging established professional artists to mentor students. Each year an Artist in Residence spends approx. 6 months on campus as the William Hodges Fellow. This year’s resident is Auckland based painter Sam Mitchell who completed her Masters at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2000. Mitchell’s studio is located in the SIT Arcade located in the heart of SIT’s creative downtown campus where her studio practice is drawing inspiration from the history of Invercargill and its people. Mitchell will be in Invercargill until the 31st August.
Sam Mitchell has exhibited works nationally and internationally in private galleries as well as public art institutions. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hip (Bartley and Co, Wellington, 2013), Members Only (Melanie Roger Gallery, 2012), Glean (Melanie Roger Gallery, 2011), Time May Change Me (Anna Bibby Gallery, 2010) and Samantha Mitchell (Newcastle Regional Gallery, Australia, 2010). Mitchell has received many prestigious awards for her work including the Paramount Award at the Wallace Art Awards (2010) allowing a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Programme in New York. Additionally Mitchell has been featured in recent publications such as Warwick Brown’s Seen this century: 100 contemporary New Zealand Artists: A Collector’s Guide (2009) and Richard Wolfe’s New Zealand Portraits (2008). (http://melanierogergallery.com/stockroom/sam-mitchell/)
Kathryn Mitchell SIT Programme Manager Visual Arts, Film & Animation says “The William Hodges Fellowship offers SIT Arts students the opportunity to engage directly with contemporary visual art practices that they would otherwise have limited access to. The resident spends time with students in a teaching capacity as well as providing valuable insights into their own experiences working in New Zealand’s creative sector. Having the resident working on campus encourages collegial working relationships with students that facilitate discussion on the challenges and the advantages of developing a career as a creative practitioner.