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Important Details

Residency blocks:

  • May 24 – August 30
  • September 13 – December 20

Entry deadline:

8pm, Monday, February 15, 2021 (Apply below)

Notifications:

February 19, 2021 via email

Stipend:

$500 courtesy of the Mesa County Libraries Foundation

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

● 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

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 jgeddes@mcpdl.org or call 970-683-2418.  Printable AIR Flyer

  • Enter email to receive a copy of your application.
  • 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.
    Drop files here or
  • 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.
    Drop files here or
  • 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.
    Drop files here or
  • 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.
    Drop files here or
  • 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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