Artist in Residence

Current Artist in Residence

Evan Curtis, a two-year resident of Grand Junction, comes from the Adirondack Mountains of New York. His animation and film work has been screened at SXSW, on PBS, and in more than 50 festivals worldwide, including in Canada, Brazil, London, Ireland, Greece, and Romania. His films can be viewed at

He received a bachelor’s degree in film from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at Purchase College and master’s degree in animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While studying film in New York, Curtis interned Blue Sky Studios on “Horton Hears a Who!” and “Ice Age 3.” At SCAD he interned at Adult Swim on “Squidbillies” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”

Before teaching, Curtis worked as a trail crew leader for the Montana Conservation Corps and the Adirondack Mountain Club where he taught at-risk youth environmental stewardship, leadership, and trail-building skills. During that time, he lived in the wilderness and built trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and OHVs.

From 2013-2019, Curtis taught animation and film in New Mexico and Utah. He recently moved to Grand Junction to join the Art & Design Department at Colorado Mesa University, where he continues to teach animation and film.

When not teaching or making films, Curtis can be found exploring the wilderness with his wife and adopted dog.

Evan will have Meet & Greet hours at the 970West Studio from 4-6pm every Thursday in addition to virtual and in-person programs. View Evan's schedule of events.

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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 $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.

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


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 or call 970-683-2418.