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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.

2020 Applications

Sorry, the application deadline was Feb. 1. Late applications are not accepted.

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.

2019 Selected Artists

Taylor Shae
Taylor Shae is an 18 year old award-winning singer-songwriter, born and raised in Longmont, Colorado. She performs bluesy acoustic-Americana music with crackerjack lyrics and soul-crying vocals. She performs her original music at festivals and venues across the front range with her duo. Taylor’s third album “High Stakes” (2019) is inspired by her summer music setlists, each of the eight songs having rolled down the streets of a vibrant Colorado festival. Taylor is also a student at Colorado State University, studying media communications and environmental sustainability. Taylor draws much inspiration for her songwriting from the quiet, awe-inspiring mountains and nature, and hopes to convey this through her music and future plans with communication studies.
Bonnie Cherni
Bonnie Cherni is a local Boulder resident who founded Epic Origami. She engages a team of accomplished origami artists and innovative engineers to collaborate together to create fascinating origami exhibitions. Their mission is to raise awareness of endangered species with our animal and ocean sculptures while furthering Origami as an art form. Recent exhibitions include a 7.5 foot origami dragon install in front of Dairy Arts Center in Boulder (2019), a full gallery installation at the Denver International Airport (2018), Waimea Ocean Film festival (2015-2019), ‘lmiloa Astronomy Center (2015), Keck Observatory (2014), and Kahilu Theatre (2013). Epic Origami is known for their larger than life origami installations in tandem with innovative teaching workshops across a multitude of venues to attract and excite audiences. Epic Origami sculptures vary from miniature to life size and are often made of exotic mediums such as aluminum, copper, and canvas. Epic Origami has been featured in magazines such as Hawaiian Airlines/Hana Hou, Alaska Airlines/ Alaska Beyond, and Ke Ola Magazine.
Kathleen Spencer Johns
Kathleen Spencer Johns is an award winning painter who’s artwork can be seen in collections throughout the country. Kathleen was born in Schenectady, New York. the fourth of ten children. Her stories of childhood are both humorous and intense. She has two wonderful sons Curtiss and Kevin Johns. Kathleen has lived in Boulder, Colorado for most of her adult life. You just may stumble upon her in the foothills as she sits joyously painting. Kathleen is also a highly qualified and dynamic art teacher inspiring numerous folks, both old and young, in the thrill of artistic creation. The Art Garage is her teaching studio in Boulder Colorado, where magic comes alive on paper and canvas.
Joanie Wiesman
Joanie Wiesman With the evolution of digital cameras and all of the pursuant enhancements, Joanie Wiesman became an ardent photography student. She purchased her first serious camera over 10 years ago with the intention of cataloging her travel adventures but was immediately hooked. Very quickly, photography turned into an obsession and photographing only on travel wasn’t enough. Living in Boulder County with easy access to open space and sky, her soul was drawn to the night stars, the wind carrying the clean earth scent, the sound of coyotes and elk, the dawn chorus of birds and then the vibrant changes in weather and season. She learned the art of photography by making many mistakes in the field and then researching to correct them. She was inspired by the many photographers in Colorado who shared their wealth of information and slowly, over that decade, became a better photographer. Joanie’s mission is not to just get the “trophy shot”, but to transform attitudes centering on conservation/preservation and the principle of Leave No Trace. She hopes to foster an appreciation for nature within the viewer and to bring them into the vista and make them a participant. Her fervent hope is that her photos will make people realize that open space is a treasure, a limited commodity, fragile and easily destroyed.
Kristin Gjerdset
Kristin Gjerdset depicts insects and spiders, reflecting the beauty and quality of life they bring to the earth. Through her collage style watercolor and acrylic paintings, the images are meant to teach and impart to the viewer an appreciation of these so often overlooked animals through their natural colors, unique shapes and patterns. The sources of inspiration for her work are found while being attentive to nature, whether on hikes with her dogs, time in her prairie backyard, travels to wilderness or participating in citizen science projects. She is associate professor of art and art department head at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI, where she teaches painting, drawing and art history. She has been selected as the Artist in Residence at five national parks including Glacier, Everglades, Mesa Verde, Great Basin, and Rocky Mountain, and three Wisconsin State Parks including Whitefish Dunes, Potawatomi and St. Croix; experiences she considers the highlights of her career. She shares her art on a regular basis both locally and nationally. Kristin also believes in the importance of being connected to the community, by making murals, participating in public art events, and volunteering.

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