Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Artist in Residence Program
Entry Deadline: October 14, 2019
Notifications: Through October 25, 2019
Current Artist in Residence:
August 26th – December 2nd, 2019: Paula Marchionda
While I enjoy long walks on a beach and star-gazing at high elevations, my creative work allows me the freedom of expression. Through my creative work I have an arena to express myself in ways more elusive in my everyday life. Bold colors, textures, patterns often come out in my work (much more than in my wardrobe). This creative freedom keeps my heart open and my soul rejuvenated.
The subject, or topic, usually determines the medium I use. However this is not necessarily true when I work in fused glass. My addiction to working in glass makes me want to find a way to make everything in glass. Thus, glass itself then becomes the inspiration. It also appeals to my nerdy scientific side, since manipulating glass, and how light shines through it, is really just pretty physics.
My current work has grown from the sum of my life experiences. I enjoy experiencing all sorts of different things – culturally, musically, culinarily, everything. My exposure to different cultures, through my travels and various life and work experiences, gives me a fertile foundation to create from. I use motifs and ideas from many different cultures in my work as well as borrowing images and themes from nature herself.
My hope is that something in my work touches another soul and makes them giggle, smile, laugh and maybe even cry (tears of joy).
Check our event calendar for a list of library programs Paula will offer during her residency. She will also host open studio hours from 4-6 p.m. each Tuesday through November.
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.