Breckenridge is an outstanding example of a Colorado mining boomtown. Most of the historic buildings in town date from a span of eight decades beginning in 1862 and ending in 1942. The charm of Breckenridge lies in its sense of history and in its sense of community. Since its beginning as a mining town, Breckenridge has developed into a world class community with such amenities as the Breckenridge Ski Area, Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge Golf Course, the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Riverwalk Performing Arts Center and the Breckenridge Arts District. Breckenridge is located in the heart of the Ten Mile Range, which allows its residents to have a mountainous wilderness at their back door. Having such diverse amenities, the local community in Breckenridge is active with wide ranging interests. We are highly visible, attracting visitors both nationally and internationally.
The Breckenridge Arts District campus was completed in the fall of 2014. The Arts District is a pedestrian friendly campus that compliments existing arts organizations and local art galleries along with creative businesses. The Arts District is active year round providing local residents and visitors with authentic artistic and cultural experiences through art workshops, music and theatre performances, film and special events.
The Breckenridge Arts District and the Saddle Rock Society worked together to restore the historic Tin Shop into an artists studio on the main level and a small studio apartment on the upper level. The vision for the Tin Shop is to provide time and space for artists to work on their medium of choice, while providing public interaction in the form of open studio hours and workshops to complement the growing Arts District.
Artists will be responsible to provide a security deposit via a credit card to cover any unforeseen damages to the property. Artists should have their studio open for public interaction four days per week (recommended: Thursday – Sunday) for a minimum of four hours per day. Variations to open studio hours will be considered on a case by case basis. Artists are encouraged to host a minimum of one workshop / lecture / demonstration of their choice per visit. Artists will also be asked to leave one completed piece from their visit for an auction to help raise funds to continue the program. The Breckenridge Arts District and the Saddle Rock Society are flexible and are looking for creative proposals from artists to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and to learn about a variety of mediums.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Who will review my slides?
Answer: A jury made up of the Director of Public Programs + Engagement for Breckenridge Creative Arts, one representative from the Saddle Rock Society and one local professional artist and/or gallery owner.
- When will we be informed of the results?
Answer: 30 days from application deadline.
- To whom is the Guest Artist Program open?
Answer: All artists. As many artists as needed to fill a one year time period, January 2017 – December 2017, with flexible residency terms will be selected. Terms are generally two weeks up to one month.