“People think there are only two ways to have a career in art—one where you hate it, and one where you aren’t making anything,”
Sarah Rahal

This October, three national artists move into the Red Bull House of Art, a live-in residency experience in Detroit, which is dedicated to "providing visual artists the freedom and space to create." 

These artists are invited to work for three months on artwork that will be showcased in the gallery at the end of their stay. Aside from the existing murals of Eastern Market, patrons should keep their eyes out for flashing UV arrows at the end of Winder Street for the entrance. 

The artists, Beau Stanton, Coby Kennedy and Lala Abaddon, will be opening their workspace to the public for a "Conversation with the Artists" event on Oct. 22. 

“The cool thing about being here is that immediately off the plane, in the first hour, you’re ensconced in everything Detroit,” Kennedy said. 

Kennedy said he has been working alongside his peers since August. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Kennedy received his MFA at Columbia University in New York before opening his own design company in Italy.

“People think there are only two ways to have a career in art—one where you hate it, and one where you aren’t making anything,” Kennedy said.

He said he plans to share information about the various career paths possible in the art field. 

During the event, Stanton, a California native and multi-disciplinary artist, said he will share insight behind his artwork and the process he used to create the work. He said he will also speak on how it is being back in Detroit.

“I, personally, have absolutely loved Detroit for seven years since the first time I came out here,” Stanton said. “This is the first time I’ve had a real chunk of time, having three months here is real exciting.” 

The conversation with the artists will preview what to expect from the gallery opening on Nov. 11.

“We do such different work,” Stanton said. “But at the same time, we found some really good common threads for the show.”

Abaddon, a woven artist, encouraged everyone to attend both the sit-down event on October 22 and the gallery opening on Nov. 11.

“Definitely come by because the residency is the best thing that an artist could ask for, which is freedom to make whatever they want,” Abaddon said. “So if you want to learn about that and the program, and see really awesome stuff come by.” 

The sit down with the three Red Bull House of Art residents will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Visit their website to learn more. 

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