Artist in Residence

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Artist in Residence Program

Entry deadline: November 17, 2017
Notifications: December 11-15, 2017
Apply Now for Artist in Residence Program

Current 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.

 


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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. 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.

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

● 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

Process

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, all Artists in Residence are expected to comply with the library’s policies and procedures which are designed to maximize the experience of Mesa County Libraries patrons and staff. Each resident will be expected to work with library staff to provide at least three library programs offered to the community during their residency. In addition to programming, the artist will allow the library to digitize, by photo and/or video documentation, work created during residency to be included into the online library 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 Geddes at 970west@mcpld.org or call 970-683-2418.

Artist in Residence Application

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  • References

  • Work Sample Requirements

    Only original work will be considered in all categories
  • Please submit one of the following:
    (a) 6 to 10 poems
    (b) up to 2 short stories
    (c) up to 25 pages of a script
    (d) up to 25 pages of a book (please do NOT send a complete book)

    Works-in-progress may be submitted but should be accompanied by a sample of finished work. Work must be submitted in the genre for which you are applying. Your entire writing sample should not exceed 25 pages. Label all materials with your name.

    Maximum file upload size is 10MB. If your file is larger, please note at the end of this application that you will bring in your work on a USB or CD.
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  • Please submit the following:
    (a) up to 6 digital images (standard jpg format, 72 dpi, no larger than 1MB each), and
    (b) a corresponding sheet listing any images by title, medium, size and year of completion, preferably with thumbnails of each image.

    Maximum file upload size is 10MB. If your file is larger, please note at the end of this application that you will bring in your work on a USB or CD.
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  • Please submit the following:
    (a) 20 to 30 minutes of audio or high-quality video (please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review)

    Maximum file upload size is 10MB. If your file is larger, please note at the end of this application that you will bring in your work on a USB or CD.
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  • Please submit the following:
    (a) 20 to 30 minutes of high-quality video (please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review)

    Maximum file upload size is 10MB. If your file is larger, please note at the end of this application that you will bring in your work on a USB or CD.
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  • Please submit the following:
    (a) Work sample or portfolio

    Maximum file upload size is 10MB. If your file is larger, please note at the end of this application that you will bring in your work on a USB or CD.
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  • If individual file size is larger than 10MB, please load file(s) onto a flash drive or CD and deliver to Jessica Geddes at the Central Library after completing the online application.
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