Artist in Residence

Meet the new Artist in Residence Kyle Webb!

Artist in Residence Kyle Webb holding a cameraKyle remembers the sound of his father's film SLR taking photos that in a week or two would be projected on the wall of their home. In high school, Kyle got his own film camera and even dabbled some in the darkroom. In school his focus was graphic and industrial design, but photography was always a part of any of his creative expressions. He is thankful he had the good fortune of being on the bleeding edge of digital photography when it was in its infancy.

Kyle married Cinda in 1984 and they raised two boys in Irvine, CA where he worked for 25 years as Design Director and Photographer specializing in event, portrait and architectural photography. He also enjoys Urbex photography (capturing images in deteriorating and abandoned structures) and finding beauty in the forgotten and discarded, particularly with vintage lenses on his digital cameras. And because he's a car enthusiast, his portfolio includes many automotive images.

In 2018, Kyle & Cinda moved to Grand Junction, their favorite small town vacation spot. He now works out of his home office as a graphic designer and photographer and is inspired by the textures in the Grand Valley as seen through his vintage lenses. Because of his joy in inspiring others to creatively tell their own stories through photography, he also volunteers in the 970West Studio helping lead photography classes.

To learn more about Kyle's event offerings, visit the event calendar.


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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 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 $1000 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

Applications generally open up during the Fall and will be posted at the top of this page.  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 air@mcpld.org or call 970-683-2418.