Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell Credit: Courtesy: Bridge PAI

For Immediate Release: 09/3/2015

Matthew Slaats –
Executive Director – The Bridge PAI

The Bridge PAI announces local artist Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell named Public Artist in Residence for 2015-16

Charlottesville, VA: The Bridge PAI, Charlottesville creative hub, is please to announce local performance and theatre artist Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell as the 2015/2016 Public Artist. Each year through this artist residency program, The Bridge makes a significant investment in an artist it believes represents the professional and creative best that Charlottesville has to offer.  During the year, the artist is tasked with creating a work of art that directly impacts the community through its production and presentation.

Long know as an innovator in the creative community, Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell is best know for her collaborative performance work with the Performers Exchange Project, partnering on the 2006 “A Charlottesville Wunderkammer,” and also as one of the co-founders of Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW).  Beyond these efforts, Jennifer is an accomplished writer and instigator of a host of other creative projects.   

As a part of her residency, she will be producing a series of public performance pieces entitled NO WAKE. Originally written in 2014, NO WAKE is a mythic story of a widow whose grief is so enormous that she tries to abandon her child and ends up causing a storm that tears their house from shore. As they are cast adrift they are faced with a series of challenges in order to survive.

“The Bridge is very excited to be working with Jennifer, an artist that we have long admired”, says Executive Director, Matthew Slaats. “She is a true professional in every respect, and is a catalyst for showing the important role the arts play in Charlottesville.”

“I am beyond thrilled, honored, and grateful to be given resources to create meaningful, accessible public art and performance in my own community,” say Public Artist, Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell. “In collaboration with some of the most talented and visionary artists and organizations in our region, I look forward to offering up an evocative and provocative experience for all. The new year-long Public Artist residency is a model for how Charlottesville must support individual artists if we want a rich climate for daring, serious art.”

About The Bridge PAI: The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is a creative hub, supporting art and civic engagement that pushes cultural boundaries and directly impacts Charlottesville. By placing artists and designers at the forefront of conversations, The Bridge uses the creative process to educate, empower, and engage Charlottesville. Founded in 2004, the Bridge is located downtown, in the Belmont neighborhood.