December 4 – January 28

Mesa County Libraries and The Art Center of Western Colorado will collaborate on an exhibition honoring the Mesa County Libraries Artists in Residence of 2020. The Art Center is pleased to have on display works by TJ Smith, Evan Curtis, and Rebecca Woods. This talented and diverse group of artists encompasses a range of technical and conceptional skills that include graphic design, media and film, and installation and painting.

TJ Smith is a full-time visionary and professional graphic designer. He states, "I design and develop brands for companies seeking visual bravery, so they can confidently fly above competitive landscapes." His work is clean, minimal, and contemporary. The fusion of illustration, typography, and strong content emit a powerful sense of confidence, making for influential designs.

Evan Curtis received his MFA in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Film from Purchase College. He is an award-winning independent stop-motion animator and filmmaker. His work has screened at SXSW, on PBS, and in more than 50 festivals worldwide, including screenings in Canada, Brazil, London, Ireland, Greece, and Romania.

Rebecca Woods is a lecturer of art at Colorado Mesa University. She holds an MFA in Installation and Performance Art from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Colorado Mesa University. Woods works in a variety of materials and styles, adjusting these elements to suit the conception for each created work. She has been an instructor at The Art Center of Western Colorado in the field of drawing and has conducted numerous workshops through this organization.

Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio
Artist In Residence

Mesa County Libraries provides studio space in the 970West Studio through the Artist In Residence program. Artists are encouraged to use this fourteen-week residency as an opportunity for growth and development while engaging the community through scheduled presentations, workshops, and open studio hours. 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 considered based on limitations of the studio.

The Artist In Residence program aims to support the endeavors of our local artists who connect with the community through a variety of arts. Selected artists receive a $500 stipend courtesy of the Mesa County Libraries Foundation.

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