Artist in Residence

May 1- August 14, 2017: Ruth Ann Feild

Longtime Grand Junction resident Ruth Ann Feild is the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio Artist in Residence, and she has scheduled a series of events and open studio hours to share her artistry with the public.

Feild works in fabrics and fiber, creating detailed and unique pieces that tell stories of their own. Feild has lived in Grand Junction for 35 years and has been a working artist for 25 of those years.

“I have not had a formal art education, but I learned to sew at the age of 8 from my mother and grandmother. I always find time to connect to the past with my needle, thread, fabric, and hundreds of buttons,” Feild said.

When her children were in school, Feild shared her passion for sewing through the medium of fabric. She taught fiber arts in her children’s classrooms, then began teaching her techniques and innovative approaches to sewing and quilting more formally. She entered her work in competitions and won a number of awards.

Newly retired from nursing, Feild now has more time to follow her creative passion. Her fiber art displays her fascination with maps and history, and she considers a needle, thread, and textiles to be powerful tools for sharing stories. Through connection to a familiar place, special event, or celebration, she develops a story and translates the ideas onto fabric.

“Life is about detail,” Feild said. “I love to stitch stories.”

Open Studio Hours

During her residency, Ruth Ann Feild will host open studio hours at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio, located at Fifth Street and Ouray Avenue across from the Central Library in Grand Junction. Open studio hours are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday through Aug. 14, 2017 (except for May 29 and July 3). The public is invited to stop in and visit with Feild about her art.

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


Artist Room 1

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About the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program and Application

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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