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Artist-in-Residence Program
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.

2021 Applications

Sorry, the application deadline for the 2021 Artist-in-Residence program was Feb. 1.

Artists’ Stay

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

Artists can stay up to four days and three nights (Wednesday-Saturday) during period from July 15 to September 30.

Artists will not share residence with another artist, but are permitted to bring one adult companion if desired.

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.

The residence includes:

  • Solar-powered electricity for lighting, cooking, and heating water.
  • Outlets for low-powered electrical devices (there is no Wi-Fi).
  • Twin-sized bunk beds (no tents or camping allowed outside the living quarters).
  • Outhouse with pit toilet and solar-powered camp shower and sink.
  • Outdoor dish washing station.
  • Dining area and kitchen furnished with drinking water, electric stove-top burners, toaster oven, cooking utensils, and cleaning supplies.
  • Two large RTIC coolers (there is no refrigerator).
  • Outdoor picnic table (campfires are not permitted).

2020 Selected Artists

Paul DeHaven
Paul DeHaven is a multi-disciplinary artist from the hills outside of Denver, best known and respected for songwriting and guitar skills. He has played, sang, and written in dozens of projects, including Paper Bird, Heavy Diamond Ring, Eye & the Arrow, Saskatoon, as well as his burgeoning solo career. He collaborated in the writing and performance of an original ballet, titled “Carry On,” with Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and has performed his music alongside the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He has toured extensively and shared the stage with Hall & Oates, Nathaniel Rateliff, and the Lumineers. He has released at least nine full length albums as a contributing writer, as well as having two new solo albums under production. He is also a visual artist, focusing on drawing and collaging, as well as fiber arts.

Paul’s work is defined by a dedication to craftsmanship, an intention to inspire and connect artist and audience, and a keen observation of and playfulness for the absurdity, the challenges, and the transcendence of the human condition.

Sara Rockinger
Sara Rockinger is a fiber/installation artist who has made Boulder County her home for over 25 years. Her midwestern upbringing by activist parents and artistic grandparents, and her teens spent traveling abroad, led her to earn a BA in International Relations and an MFA in Fiber Arts. Sara’s inspiring two and three dimensional artwork reflects a life spent watching and learning about the human experience from multiple perspectives.

After trading her first home-made quilt for a sewing machine, Sara embarked on an independent study of fiber art and surface design. Her sewing machine soon became her favorite drawing and sculptural tool. Sometimes years in the making, her work focuses on injustice and the human experience. She balances the time spent immersed in these heavy topics with attention to the natural world where she layers her intimate botanical sketches and watercolors with delicate fiber drawings on silk organza. Sara’s work has been exhibited across the country and in Canada, including the Textile Museum in Washington D.C.

Gretchen Troop
Gretchen Troop is inspired to pick her camera almost every day to capture the games that light plays. Troop believes she’s lucky to have lived in Colorado since 2003 and she quite madly in love with the land and animals that she shares this state with every day.

Photography was her first art, and she completed her degree in Studio Photography at Syracuse University. After college, she worked for many years as a professional lead singer and wrote original soul-funk music that she’s performed for over 28 years. Today, she is passionately in love with photography, landscape photography is her favorite, but in the last few years wedding & portrait photography has become a very close second.

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