Land Line artists in residence use Denver Botanic Gardens’ collections, landscapes, and other resources to create artworks that explore nature and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Land Line has a unique low-residency format: artists create most of their work in their own studio spaces, but are required to visit the Gardens at least once within a pre-determined timeframe. As a result, artists outside of Colorado or the Denver metro area are welcome to apply. Time spent on-site at the Gardens is geared towards meeting with staff, exploring gardens and collections, research, and conceptualization. Supported by a $3,500 honorarium, artists are responsible for arranging their own travel, lodging, food, and supplies.
Artists are additionally required to attend three virtual cohort meetings to share progress and connect with other artists, including a meeting to share their completed work at the close of the residency. Artworks must be completed by the end of the residency year. As part of the residency, Denver Botanic Gardens may acquire one artwork, which is proposed by the artist for consideration. Though these acquired artworks may be exhibited in the future, the Land Line residency does not culminate in an exhibition.
Land Line artists select a residency focus and are then paired with a staff member to serve as catalysts and knowledge resources for the artist’s research and project. In 2024 artists can select one of the following thematic areas for their work and explorations:
1. Urban trees and connections to people or wildlife
2. Urban ecology
3. Scientific/botanical illustration
4. Habitat restoration and native plants
The artist can work independently through the end of the calendar year, but artists choose a two-month timeframe, a Focus Period, for scheduling site visits to the Gardens and communication with their staff partner. Artists are welcome to work on their projects before and after their Focus Period but should concentrate their engagement with Gardens staff during the identified Focus Period.
To apply, create a free account on our website and submit the following materials:
- Artist statement
- Select one of the three thematic areas.
- Select your preferred Focus Period timeframes.
- In a project proposal, articulate your vision or proposed exploration that addresses the theme and how the project connects people to plants. Why does the theme interest you? What do you hope to explore through your project? What is the desired product or body of work?
- Website or link to professional portfolio
- Work samples
- Three to 20 representative images, 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side, under 5MB in size.
- File types accepted: JPEGs under 100MB, maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080.
- Resume / CV and/or artist biography
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