Wanlass Artist In Residence

The Wanlass Artist in Residence is Occidental’s year-long residency program that allows an artist to investigate aspects of their practice and share it with the College campus-wide. The program encourages cross-campus collaboration and thoughtful sustained interaction between artist and students.

OXY ARTS regularly publishes catalogues for Wanlass resident artists. If you would like to learn more about these publications and/or purchase a copy, please email oxyarts@oxy.edu

The Wanlass Artist in Residence Program is made possible by generous support from the Kathryn Caine Wanlass Charitable Foundation.


2020/21 Wanlass Artist in Residence
EJ Hill


A blackboard that reads "Twice as good is too much" in neon letters


I have always been inspired by those who, no matter what, maintain a sense of courage, curiosity, and wonder—those whose ideas and practices challenge convention and dominant ideologies—those who dare to ask, “How?” but more importantly, “Why?”

When I first decided to pursue a career as an artist, it was the only space that I found where I could make up my own rules to follow—where I could have complete and total freedom. Fifteen years after the fact, that freedom comes with some caveats, but inquiry is still my most valuable resource. This is the space that I work from. That I live from. That I learn from. That I love from. Arguably, one and the same.

As the 2021/22 Wanlass Artist In Residence, is there any room to ask:
“Why don’t we do things differently? Just to...you know, like...see what happens?”

Shoutout Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka.

EJ Hill
August 2021