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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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 Bronwyn SimsBronwyn Sims

Theatre Resident
Feb 3 – Feb 28

Bronwyn Sims is a creator, actor, choreographer, and educator. She has appeared in film and on television including a role in the Emmy award winning first season of The Sopranos. Her NYC stage credits include New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, National Black Theatre of Harlem, BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) Dixon Place, The Kitchen, La Mama. During her residency, she would like to create, write and devise an original theatre piece. 90 days (current working title) is a devised physical theatre piece based on one man’s true story. It chronicles his life from when he was a small child growing up in a tough neighborhood outside Philadelphia to present day and his battle with alcoholism, sexual abuse and drugs. Her plan is to use her time at the residency rehearsing, writing, exploring movement and text, questioning, and contemplating the material. she hopes to Interview artists and community members and possibly visit local jails and prisons. For more go to www.bronwynsims.com

Portrait of resident Denise PresnellDenise Presnell

Visual Art Resident
March 2 – March 27

Denise Presnell is a painter/mixed media artist currently living and working as a full-time artist in Eau Claire, WI. Born and raised in Nebraska, her earliest artistic influences were her older sister (whom is also an artist) and her printmaking professor at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Graduate school took Denise to The Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Painting and Drawing. Graduate school was followed by 31 years of teaching art on the college/university level. Even when teaching full time – Denise always found time for painting, printing and drawing. During her residency, she plans on incorporating the colors and textures of Alamosa and the surrounding region into my abstract works. she will be literally picking up objects and materials that will work as ‘brushes’ or as means to transfer paint to canvas or panel. She will also be working with cold wax on multimedia board or panel. For more go to www.denisepresnell.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

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