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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Artist in Residency 2016 at Denver Botanic Gardens

Corispermum seed comparisions, ©2015 Ikumi Kayama, MA Medical & Scientific Illustrator, 2015 Artist-in-Residence at School of Botanical Art and Illustration, Denver Botanic Gardens

This is an exciting opportunity for an illustrator/artist to get involved in the daily happenings at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The resident would document the day-to-day progress and changes in the Rocky Mountain plant world translating the botanic gardens’ purpose as a place of preservation, conservation, education and diversity into images or works which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the environment some may never visit. The works completed under this residency contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our collections and the broader environment we care for and offer an opportunity to see our activities through the eyes of the contributing residents.

The Summer2016 residency provides an opportunity for the selected illustrator/artist to get involved in a variety of activities at the Denver Botanic Gardens, from participation in open studios, demonstrations and educational projects in the classroom or the Science Pyramid to developing a blog or other online documentation.

The resident is expected to contribute to the established priorities of Denver Botanic Gardens, negotiated and tailored to the resident’s own personal interests. The residency could involve participation in any of the following:
  • Online blog about the Gardens (WordPress or similar)
  • Participation in Open Studios and presenting work in progress 
  • Compiling work produced during the residency
  • Educational workshops
  • Demonstrations for the public

  • The illustrator/artist is expected to spend five days/week on site, although this can vary from week to week depending on other professional commitments by prior agreement.
  • The residency may involve presence during evenings and weekends.
  • The resident must provide their own supplies, equipment, and logistics for their activities during the residency.

Outdoor studio space, access to the Gardens’ library, herbaria and the classroom.

This call for illustrators offers two residency opportunities, each for a period of six weeks:
1. June 13 – July 22
2. August 8 – September 22


The residency provides a stipend of $3,000 for the selected illustrator/artist to be used for both housing and materials. 

At least one completed original work from the selected illustrator/artist will become property of Denver Botanic Gardens.

The resident reserves the copyright of the produced illustrations, but will give written permission to Denver Botanic Gardens to use or print images for publicity, publication, or retail product development. When the resident reproduces artwork created during the residency for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: “This artwork was produced under the Artist-In-Residence Program at Denver Botanic Gardens.”

The residency is open to all illustrators/artists who have completed a certificate of botanical art or illustration. Artists who have completed a certificate program in scientific illustration or nature illustration (or equivalent) are also eligible. The instructors of Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration are not eligible for the residency.

The application form should include:
·         A description of how you will respond to the opportunity and how this opportunity will develop your practice (not more than 500 words in length, typed and double spaced).
·         CV with two references
·         Link to your website and/or blog
·         5 examples of recent work in a low resolution format (not to exceed 3MB per image)
·         Your preference for the residency time period
Please email your application to with Illustrator in Residency 2016 in the subject line.

Closing date for submissions: February 29, 2016
Selection completed by March 4, 2016
Carex viridula, ©2015 Benjamin Cardenas Valderrama, 2015 Artist-in-Residence at School of Botanical Art and Illustration, Denver Botanic Gardens
Amorphophallus titanum, 'Stinky' , ©2015 Ikumi Kayama, MA Medical & Scientific Illustrator, 2015 Artist-in-Residence at School of Botanical Art and Illustration, Denver Botanic Gardens

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