Current Artist in Residence:
January 13th – April 20th, 2020: TJ Smith
TJ Smith is a multidisciplinary artist who has lived in Grand Junction for the past two years. Fostering creativity is the purpose of his residency at 970West and he states, “One who travels is one who experiences. I, TJ Smith, was born between the trees of Pennsylvania, destined for a future of westward exploration. I live in the balance between art, design, freedom, and athletics. My current projects are inspired by roaming the land and blurs the line of minimalism and surrealism. I experiment with both digital and analog mediums, however my methodology for refinement is consistent. I share my work in the hopes that it inspires others to lose themselves in nature, surrendering to the simple beauty around them. Forever rooted in pleasure and aesthetics.”
Check our event calendar for a list of library programs TJ will offer during his residency. He will also host open studio hours (beginning 1/16/20): from 2-4 pm Thursdays and 5-7 pm Tuesdays.
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.
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.
● 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-683-2418.