Artist in Residence

Applications have closed for the 2018 Artist in Residence Program

Current Artist in Residence:

August 21 – December 4, 2017:  Melody Brooke Safken

M. BrookeS (Melody Brooke Safken) is an award winning illustrator and instructor at Colorado Mesa University. Born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, she received her B.F.A. in Animation and Motion Graphics from Colorado Mesa University with a concentration in illustration and concept development in 2014. Currently, she is pursuing a Graduate Degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Located in the heart of the Morrison Formation, she specializes in Paleontological Art and Creature Design with a strong foundation in vertebrate anatomy. Her work can be found internationally, including promotional art for the film Jurassic World, museum reconstructions, businesses, and private collections. She is ever expanding upon her artistic talents, and is currently working on her own graphic novels, The Bearer Chronicles.

Open Studio Hours

Brooke will hold open studio hours at the 970West Studio on Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm.

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


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About the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program

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

The goal of the Artist In Residence program is to further Mesa County Libraries’ mission to enrich lives and build community through opportunities to learn, discover, create, and connect. 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.


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

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


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, all Artists in Residence are expected to comply with the library’s policies and procedures which are designed to maximize the experience of Mesa County Libraries patrons and staff. Each resident will be expected to work with library staff to provide at least three library programs offered to the community during their residency. In addition to programming, the artist will allow the library to digitize, by photo and/or video documentation, work created during residency to be included into the online library catalog. 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 or call 970-683-2418.

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