Thursday, August 16, 2018

In partnership with the Paper Factory Hotel and the SpringHill Suites LaGuardia, the Queens Council on the Arts hosts the QCA ArtHotel Residency. For the second year, selected artists are given the opportunity to create works during open studio times and to present them in public spaces within the hotels. From February to June, visual artists Kamille Ejerta, known also as “OGMillie,” and  A. King McCarty were in residence at Paper Factory Hotel and the SpringHill Suites LaGuardia, respectively. Each artist received a $3,000 stipend.

The Paper Factory Hotel is located in a refurbished 100-year-old mill. With rustic, industrial accents, it offers a vintage artistic edge. Like other hotels, it uses the arts to stand out and to create a welcoming atmosphere. Gal Sela, the owner, worked closely with architect David Howell and curator Oliver Gal to craft the industrial chic feel. Located in a cultural district near the Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of Moving Images, it relishes the creativity of the neighborhood.

With a stairwell wrapping around a 30-foot column of vintage books, and various original and eclectic pieces of furniture and machinery, The Paper Factory Hotel is a place that breathes creativity and innovation. It was designed as a cornerstone of art, design, and culture,” and it continues to live up to its intention through community partnerships.

Aside from the Residency, The Paper Factory Hotel has a dedicated Arts & Culture category within its Paper Factory Hotel Journal. Here, it not only promotes internal events like open studio time with the QCA ArtHotel artists-in-residence, but it also encourages guests to explore other nearby institutions like Museum of the Moving Image, Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and MoMA PS1.