Rare A.I.R

Artist-in-Residence Program in the Visual Arts, Music & Theater Programs at Adams State. Visual and performing artists seek ways to expand their talents and inspire their creativity. The Adams State University Art, Theatre and Music Departments initiated an Artist in Residency program in the fall of 2018 that brings artists, from all disciplines, to campus for long and short term stays. This program presents visual and performing artists with an opportunity to complete projects, spark new ideas, or collaborate with students and the community.

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Application open from Dec 1 – March 1

Artist Bios

Spring 2020

Portrait of resident Jane O'Hara Jane O’Hara

Visual Arts Resident
Jan 13 – Feb 1

Jane O’Hara is a curator and artist who has mounted solo exhibitions of her paintings and participated in group shows nationally with her paintings of animals. With her paintings she examines the relationship we have with animals in contemporary society. During her residency, she would like to accomplish two paintings (she will be prepared for three) of her series she began recently titled ‘State of the Union’. This series will include all 50 states at its completion. Each painting of each state will include picture postcard imagery of that state, the state flag, state animal, and other positive imagery and animals associated with that state, and juxtaposed will have the behind the scenes scenarios of animals’ ‘state’ in that state. For more go to www.janeohara.com


Portrait of Resident Cory HillsCory Hills

Social Practice Resident – Music
January 15 – June 30

Cory Hills is a multi-percussionist musician and composer. His project will engage the elementary and middle school-aged children throughout the valley in a Percussive Storytelling program. This program brings classical music and storytelling to children in fun and accessible ways. Hills’ has presented more than 520 programs to over 135,000 children in nine different countries, released two international award-winning children’s albums and two children’s books. One common thread his stories share is nature; specifically, how indigenous peoples relate to the natural environment around them. Learn more about the Social Practice Residency Program.

Resident Archive

Explore the work of our past residents in our past resident archive.