Artist in Residence

Applications have closed for the 2018 Artist in Residence Program

Current Artist in Residence:

January 8 – April 23, 2018:  Nicholas Moore

Nicholas Moore, a native of Colorado, has worked in local and international community development. Nicholas currently works as a producer, filmmaker and digital marketing consultant for Positive Movement Films in Grand Junction, Colorado. Nicholas graduated with an English degree from Colorado Mesa University.

Nicholas is a collaboration artist. For years after graduating from CMU Nicholas traveled to multiple countries with a blank canvas in hand. Upon arriving in countries like Ecuador, Taiwan, and Costa Rica, Nicholas would set up a blank canvas in a public square and invite passerbys to paint things that were representative of their culture, all the while filming and photographing the experience. In 2016, Nicholas traveled with two others to Nepal to document the long-term impacts of areas devastated by earthquakes a year earlier. This production, “Nepal Will Rise” has reached international audiences.

Nicholas’ project with the 970West Studio includes filming a full-length music video for Grand Junction’s own Freeway Donna. The music video will be utilized as a platform to host events for teens that will include a lecture and discussion of popular music videos, a workshop filming in the 970West Studio with a band, and an intermediate video editing class.

Positive Movement Films can be found at

Check our event calendar for a list of library programs Nicholas will offer during his residency.



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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 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.


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


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 or call 970-683-2418.

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