Artist in Residence

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Artist in Residence season.

If you applied, notifications will be through October 31, 2018

Current Artist in Residence:

August 20 – December 3, 2018:  Pavia Justinian

Pavia Justinian is a Colorado mixed media sculptor with award-winning work featured in public art programs throughout the state and held in private collections across the Southwest. Pavia is an acclaimed Colorado artist. She has been featured in regional radio and print publications, received art commissions from the City of Grand Junction and private collectors, and has been invited to participate in numerous exhibitions throughout the Southwest. She apprenticed with sculptor Dave Davis, founder of the Grand Junction Art on the Corner exhibit, and had the rare opportunity to develop under his tutelage.

Pavia’s use of unusual and novel media – including salvaged chrome, cement, and rusted old metals – is perhaps the most evident connection to her mentor. Pavia builds colorful sculptures with painted and concrete-textured epoxy, scrap metal, mosaic glass and found objects. She weaves unique materials together seamlessly with distinctive techniques and masterful craftsmanship. Her process involves a bit of everything – metalwork, additive sculpture, mosaic tiling, and colorful brushwork. Pavia cherishes Colorado’s natural beauty and is inspired every day by the vivid mountain sunsets and the rich desert reds near her home. She believes in the capacity of art to positively impact her community and strives to expand the presence of the arts throughout the Western Slope.

Check our event calendar for a list of library programs Pavia will offer during her residency.

 



 

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About the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program and Application

Mesa County Libraries provides studio space in the 970West Studio through the Artist In Residence Program. Artists are encouraged to use this fourteen-week residency as an opportunity for growth and development while engaging with the community.

The Artist in Residence program aims to support the endeavors of our local artists who connect and engage the community with a variety of arts. Selected artists will receive a $500 stipend courtesy of the Mesa County Libraries Foundation.  Artists will have studio space to hone and focus their creative talents while sharing their expertise and skills with the community through scheduled presentations or workshops at the library.

Eligibility

Artists 18 years of age and older, residing in Mesa County, CO, and with a valid library card may apply. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in one or more of the following media: drawing, painting, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, video, music, fiction and nonfiction writing, and poetry. Artists working in other mediums are encouraged to apply and will be considered based on limitations of the studio. Applicants will be required to undergo a background check.

Selection Criteria

● Ability to teach and conduct workshops or presentations
● Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience
● Artistic expression
● Dates of previous artists of similar items or topics
● Special needs, costs, or requests associated with space use or workshops
● Overall community interest
● Historical prominence or significance of the artist’s work
● Relevance to library programs

Process

Residencies will be determined by the Art Committee members and additional library staff. All application materials must be submitted by the posted deadline. Work samples will be reviewed based on their technical aspects, and final residency selections will be determined by an interview process.

Artist’s Responsibility

While in the 970West Studio, Artists in Residence are expected to comply with the Library’s Code of Conduct. Additionally, each resident is expected to

  • Work with library staff to provide at least three library programs offered during his/her residency.
  • Occupy the studio a minimum of six hours per week. A minimum of two of the six hours must be scheduled open studio time for community engagement.
  • Provide a short presentation to the MCL Foundation Board about his/her residency.
  • Allow the library to provide the following for its online catalog:
    • A photograph (taken by staff, in the studio or at a library program) of the artist at work
    • One digitized piece of the artist’s work
    • A video recording of a brief interview between the artist and the library

The library respects all copyright laws and recognizes that intellectual property rights reside with the artist.

For more information or questions, please contact Jessica Geddes at 970west@mcpld.org or call 970-683-2418.