2021 Artist-in-Residence Application

  • BCA’s artist-in-residence program offers regional, national, and international artists of all disciplines an opportunity to focus on process rather than product while engaging with the local community in a meaningful way.

    Visiting artists live and work for one to two months in the Breckenridge Arts District, an intimate campus of historic structures nestled under majestic snow-capped peaks in cozy downtown Breckenridge. During their live/work residency, artists explore a place-based thematic narrative—whether that means interpreting our spectacular mountain setting, rich local history, or risk-taking spirit; or focusing on an environmental or social topic important to the community. BCA will reimburse artists up to $500 for travel, and artists are offered a weekly stipend of $200 to cover food, materials, and other expenses. BCA will also provide artists with a stipend of up to $500 for workshop instruction.

    Artist expectations include: facilitating two weekly workshops (on campus), participating in monthly Second Saturdays, and planning and hosting a final presentation or event produced in collaboration with a local partner. Artists with teaching experience will be favored. Artists living in Summit County are not eligible for this residency. Only artists with a website or social media platform will be considered.

    Local artists are invited to apply for a studio residency in the Fuqua Livery Stable for 4-8 weeks, where they will contribute to and benefit from a communal atmosphere that fosters creative practice, new relationships, and knowledge-sharing. In exchange for a private work station/storage area, a free BCA artist membership and unlimited use of all campus studios for independent work, artists must commit to hosting one weekly open studio and are required to participate in monthly Second Saturdays. When working in the studio, artists in residence are asked to keep Fuqua Livery Stable open to the public. Up to four artists will be selected for each season.

    Exhibiting artists are curated artists who participate in BCA’s annual exhibition or festival programs, which include both indoor gallery spaces and outdoor installation sites. These artists may be eligible to receive housing on campus along with a negotiated artist fee. Exhibiting artists staying in the Tin Shop or Robert Whyte House are asked to host one artist talk or workshop during their stay, in addition to any exhibition-related obligations that have been contracted separately.

    Co-op artists are local creative entrepreneurs who rent affordable space on the Arts District campus and host regular visiting hours in their studios for the public to observe their process. This is a year-long commitment and artists are able to choose from various rental options.

    The artist-in-residence program is a partnership between Breckenridge Creative Arts and the Saddle Rock Society.

    Application deadline is July 31, 2019. Selections for the 2020 season will be made by September 15, 2019.

  • Artist Application

  • Please select if you are a visiting, local or co-op artist.
  • Please select all months when you are available/interested in a residency. Artists will be considered for residencies lasting 1 to 3 months. Hold Ctrl and click on a month for multiple month selections.
  • Please submit current resume.
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  • Please submit your current artist bio. 5-6 sentences maximum.
  • Please include: title, 2-3 sentence description and materials needed. BCA offers classes in the following mediums: ceramics, metalsmithing, lampworking, welding, blacksmithing, printmaking, sewing/textiles, painting, woodworking, mountain crafts + skills, kids workshops and mixed media. LOCAL and CO-OP ARTISTS: please type N/A in text box.
  • In 1-2 paragraphs, please describe your vision for a final presentation or event, and explain how this would be supported or produced with a local partner. LOCAL and CO-OP ARTISTS: please type N/A in text box.
  • Please upload minimum of 3 and no more than 8 high resolution photos (5" x 5" actual size at 300 dpi) of current artwork labeled with artist, date and title.
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  • Please upload completed photo description sheet including title, dimensions, medium/material and date.
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Background


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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 complements 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.

 

Artist Expectations


  • Artists will sign a short-term property lease and provide a security deposit via credit card to cover any unforeseen damages to the property.
  • Artists will sign a “Public Engagement Contract” which outlines the expectations listed below.
  • Artists should have their studio open for public interaction 3 days per week (Thurs-Sat) from 1-5pm.
  • Artists will host a minimum of 1 workshop/lecture/demo per week of the residency.
  • Artists will be asked to participate in Field Trips on Fridays mornings (from 9am-noon).
  • Artists will be asked to host 1 VIP Open House (for BCA members, Board Members, and Committee Members) during their stay (day/time TBD).
  • Artists will agree to share contact information with local schools/organizations to arrange studio visits independently.
  • Artists are encouraged to visit Breckenridge prior to their residency.
  • Artists may have the opportunity to exhibit their work at a local gallery.

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Commonly Asked Questions


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  1. Who will review my slides?
    Answer: A jury made up of the Director of Learning + Engagement for Breckenridge Creative Arts, one representative from the Saddle Rock Society and one local professional artist and/or gallery owner.
  2. When will we be informed of the results?
    Answer: 30 days from application deadline.
  3. To whom is the Guest Artist Program open?
    Answer: All artists. As many artists as needed to fill a one year time period, January 2018 – December 2018, with flexible residency terms will be selected. Terms are approximately one month.