In a show of their commitment to the arts, Study Hotels is creating yet another bridge between university culture and the greater community through their inaugural Writer-in-Residence Program. This brand-wide initiative gives local emerging writers a unique opportunity to hone their craft in Study Hotels’ inspiring environment—a place where even the smallest details are designed around the pursuit of higher learning.
The Study at University City is partnering with Drexel’s Writers Room, an inclusive literary arts program in West Philadelphia, to select applicants.
Applications for the Summer and Fall 2020 residencies are being accepted. For more information on the application process, visit https://www.writersroomdrexel.org/the-study-x-wr.
Danielle Morris, the writer for the Spring 2020 Study Hotels Writer-in-Residence program, is a self-taught photographer who mainly works in street and self-portraiture. With a conceptual approach, Morris absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice.
Her works are often about the contact between urban architecture and the living elements of feminism. Morris focuses on the idea of the feminine in ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, and space that is expressed through proximity to her subjects and their otherness to her sense of femininity.
Morris was a contributing artist in the 2018-2019 “Women’s Mobile Museum” residency led by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi, exhibited in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ in the Works on Paper Gallery. She also exhibited photographs and installation pieces in the Colored Girls Museum’s 2019 In Search of the Colored Girl exhibition. Morris was also a contributing artist in the 2018 SPACES Residency, "Home Court" lead by visual artist Shawn Theodore. She has exhibited at The Barnes Foundation through Let's Connect Philly, where she placed in the top 20 of the participating artists. Morris is a former assistant teacher of photography at the Village of Arts and Humanities.
The inaugural writer for the Study Hotels Writer-in-Residence program, Andrea Walls, is a poet and multi-media social practice artist. She finds beauty, complexity, depth and contradiction in every sight and sound, taking solace in the creative process, making art across genres as an act of resistance. She is grateful to the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, The Leeway Foundation, The Hedgebrook Community for Women Authoring Change, and The Women’s Mobile Museum for their ongoing support and sustenance. She is pleased that her poetry and visual art have found homes in publications she admires, including Callaloo, Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters; Solstice Literary Magazine; Tidal Basin Review; Kweli; The Fourth River; bozalta: Arts, Activism & Scholarship and heart (human equity through art) online journal.
On December, 5, 2019, Andrea led an artist talk and reading within the hotel's Art Gallery with the theme: When Language Isn’t “Enuf:” Engaging Visual Culture as a Tool for Transformation