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.

2022 Applications

Applications for the 2022 Artist-in-Residence Program will open this winter.

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).

2021 Selected Artists

Martin BeauchampMartin Beauchamp enjoys hiking, running, and camping and his favorite childhood memories. As a result of those experiences in nature, the outdoors are the inspirations for his painting. Beauchamp’s work is in impressionistic interpretation of the landscape around me. He sculpts oil paint into recognizable forms with a palette knife creating paintings to emphasize color and texture. His paintings resonate with the viewer and create a connection to a meaningful moment. Painting on location from nature reflects the true spirit of his work. Beauchamp’s field studies and notes are used to interpret the scene and create the final artwork in his studio.
Jill BurkeyJill Burkey is a poet, writer, and editor living on the Western Slope of Colorado. In her poems, which circle around the themes of nature, relationships, history, and spirituality, Jill explores the larger existential questions of humanity, and makes connections between life, the natural world, and the passage of time. Jill grew up on a three-generation cattle ranch in western Nebraska and began writing in high school. She earned a BA in English, business administration, and secondary education at Nebraska Wesleyan University and has taught hundreds of elementary and high school students poetry and writing as a writer-in-residence with the Colorado Humanities’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. Jill’s poems have been called warm, complex, and intensely satisfying, and they have appeared in Sixfold, Pilgrimage Magazine, Paddlefish, Soundings Review, Front Range Review, Grand Valley Magazine, IMPROV Anthology of Colorado Poets, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, and others. Two of her poems were included in The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets by Backwaters Press, which received the Nebraska Book Award for anthology. Jill’s work also won the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and other awards and honorable mentions. She is currently working on her first collection of poetry, Enough.
Chloe GreenChloe Green is a recent graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a BFA in General Fine Arts with a double-minor in Curatorial Practices and Art History. During her time in Baltimore she has grown fond of crabs and city-living, and has a love for fabric art, rug-making, and nature research. She currently has four fabric works on display in a Johns Hopkins physician clinic, and outside of her studio practice she explores her interests in art history and community programming through museum work. Caribou Ranch will be her first artist residency experience, and she is thrilled to experience the park and gain inspiration for her art. Chloe’s deep fascination with nature is the inspiration behind her art—her fabric pieces express how she visualizes the natural phenomena and relationships that create ecosystems. Her work incorporates aspects of folklore storytelling in order to charm and engage viewers with the ecological studies she finds in her research. She uses fleece, felt, and decorative fabrics to give her work a sense of playfulness, embellishing it with beading, embroidery, and other sewing techniques to bring the materials to life. The elaborate environments and vibrant creatures that characterize Chloe’s work are reminiscent of the south central folk art of her childhood home in Texas. She holds these aspects close to her heart and work, but hopes to evolve her art through the exploration and research of new natural environments.
Gretchen SkypeckGretchen Skypeck, a local portrait artist, loves to draw, write about, and paint every kind of creature, especially birds and cats! “There is something sacred and restorative about watching animals thrive in their habitats – a feeling of deep connection, a spiritual message; it’s peaceful, yet exhilarating! I like to sketch and write outdoors, retreating inside to create. I paint on wood using acrylics and I’ve been writing in longhand. I want my work to capture the essence of my experience, to be a heartfelt token.” Gretchen has shared her passion for art by teaching in Memphis & Boulder schools K-12, the Fostering Resilience Art & Literacy Program for Homeless Families, and at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Her public works include tiger murals (University of Memphis Campus School), ‘Tom Tiger’ sculpture (LeBonheur Children’s Hospital), “I Wish to Say” Project (University of Memphis), and Crosstown Arts Project (Memphis). Additional activities include Boulder Rain Barrel Project, and Dia de los Muertos altar installation & gigantes costume (Longmont Cultural Museum).
Traci ZajaczkowskiTraci Zajaczkowski made the decision to drop band and take an art class in 9th grade, forever changing the course of her life. For it was there that Traci met her high school art teacher and mentor, Gene Youngmann, who taught her that purple creates a better shadow than black, and who helped foster her lifelong love of art. Now, Traci has been teaching art at the elementary and middle levels for 19 years in Grand and Boulder counties, and has enjoyed every moment of it. Traci loves seeing what her students come up with when presented with a new challenge, and thrives on helping them succeed. Traci’s own art focuses on colorful and detailed animal portraits. She loves the animals that roam in the beautiful state of Colorado and strives to bring their personalities out with vibrant colors and stylized details. She works in mixed media, with a combination of colored pencils, markers, watercolor, and acrylic paints. In 2007, Traci earned her MA in illustration at Syracuse University.

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