Artist-in-Residence Program

Artist-in-Residence Program

The program provides an opportunity for artists to pursue their work in the inspiring landscape and history of Caribou Ranch. By sharing their art, we hope to add to residents’ enjoyment of open space lands and create a legacy of art preserved for future generations.

2017 Applications

Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Artist-in-Residence program. The application deadline was February 15.

Artists’ Stay

Selected artists will stay in the historic DeLonde Barn at Caribou Ranch.

Artists can stay up to seven days during a period from July 1 through October 1.

The open space property offers a variety of landscapes to explore including streams, waterfalls, forests, and beautiful vistas. Moose, elk, black bears, beavers, bats and nearly 90 species of birds live within or pass through the area.

Also found on the property is the Blue Bird Mine complex where miners from the 1870s to the 1960s extracted silver ore. In the early 1900s, the site was a whistle stop for the Denver, Boulder & Western Railroad.

2016 Selected Artists

Bobbie Benson has been involved in art most of her life. She went to school to study art at CU Boulder and the San Francisco Art Institute. She was an educator around the world and in Boulder. Her last official teaching position was as an adjunct faculty at CU teaching students how to integrate art into the curriculum. She has a love of working with many different kinds of mediums and is presently working in clay. She has just finished a series of Climate Heroes in clay. Each figure represents someone from around the world who is working to bring awareness to Climate Change. Bobbie currently resides in Boulder and is active in the Climate Change movement.

Josh Gadbaw is a folk singer/songwriter based in Lyons, Colorado. His debut album, “The Ballad of William Henry Gleiss: Railroad Songs” is described as “a fabulous new c.d.” (Dan Willging, KGNU Public Radio). The album features original folksongs and traditional songs, supported by accomplished musicians from around Boulder County. The story that inspired the album’s title track is a feature on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life. It captures the true story of a Milwaukee railroad engineer and his ill-fated train crash back in 1918. Gadbaw has also appeared on WPR’s Simply Folk and throughout Boulder County schools, performing and teaching train songs and folk songs to school children.

Daniel Joder, a retired Air Force officer and pilot, ex-high school teacher, and former horse ranch manager, is a local Boulder photographer who works primarily in black and white. He began seriously pursuing photography as art in 2010 while living with his Catalan spouse in Barcelona, Spain. In his wide landscapes, it is unusual light and unique weather conditions that tend to draw his eye, while in his close-in, intimate, landscapes he tends to pursue abstract patterns, textures, and forms that might yield multiple interpretations—and, thus, a deeper emotional understanding of the larger whole. Daniel also has an extensive cityscape/street photography portfolio and is currently working on several projects, including a “Neo-Topographics” series documenting the current rapid development along the northern Front Range of Colorado, and a “Western Citv 102” series of layered images portraying his view of today’s western values.

Kathleen Lanzoni is an award winning artist with a passion for watercolor painting! Kathleen immerses herself in the fluidity and unpredictable qualities of watercolor paint to capture the brilliant light and colors of nature that are before her. The way in which light can transform a field, stream, building, herd of sheep or any subject matter is an element of nature that Kathleen finds exciting. Light will dictate the atmosphere, context and the forms of the scene to be painted. Kathleen is a member of many organizations including Plein Air Artists Colorado, signature member of Colorado Watercolor Society and the Western Colorado Watercolor Society. She has been commissioned by several Hospitals, offices and schools to paint murals and original paintings to enhance the atmosphere for the patients and students. Kathleen grew up in Montreal and California, and for over 24 years has enjoyed the endless subjects to paint that living in Colorado offers. She was formally trained at the Art Institute of Boston, receiving a certificate of completion, and at the Massachusetts College of Art, receiving a BFA.

Jahanara Laura Mangus is a 3rd generation native to Boulder county with deep ties to the Dolomite mountains, the Mongolian taiga, and ancient Babylonia. More than an artist, Jahanara sees herself as a human being whose sacred obligation is to become a “Maker of Beauty” in all aspects of life. The mediums in which she is currently working are music (Middle Eastern and Mongolian), silver and copper smithing, painting, and Central Asian style felt clothing and footwear. Her body of original work includes her song called, “Abwoon call to prayer,” which is featured in the Oscar-winning movie Argo and the new documentary, Son of Aram, a collection of Central Asian style felt hats shown at the Baltimore Museum of art, and her copper jewelry which was awarded in the City of Boulder Employee Art Show.

Michelle Theall has spent over 22 years in publishing as a writer and photographer. Her images have appeared in Backpacker, Elevation Outdoors, Alaska magazine and others. She has won six awards of excellence from the North American Travel Journalist’s Association for published articles and images appearing in Women’s Adventure and Alaska magazines, as well as several Folio “Eddie” awards. Her wildlife images focus on the bears of Alaska, but these days, she’s turning more of her attention to the flora and fauna of her state of Colorado.

Past Artists & Their Contributing Works

Coming soon.

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Parks & Open Space

Pascale Fried
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