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.


Artist Room 1

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About the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program (Applications are currently closed until 2018)

Mesa County Libraries is providing studio space in the 970West Studio through the Artist In Residence Program. Artists will have a designated work space and 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. 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 must be residents of Mesa County and have a valid library card. Artists must 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 functionality of the studio space.

Applicants must be 18 or older and 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 Responsibilities

While in the 970West Studio, all Artists in Residence are expected to comply with the library’s policies and procedures which are designed to create a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment for all of our customers. Each artist will be expected to work with library staff to provide at least three library workshops (one per month) during his/her residency. Artists are encouraged to hold regular open studio hours for public interaction. The Artist will allow the library to digitize finished works completed while in residence and document the process by photo and/or video. Representations of the work may be included in the library’s online 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 at


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