The BMoCA + Swoon International Artists Residency (IAR) exists to invite artists from around the world to explore their practice within the Boulder community. In this 4-6 week long residency, visiting artists are given opportunities to meet new collaborators, and to explore new materials and practices. IAR emphasizes the importance of a meaningful, multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into new environments as a means of enriching one’s artistry.
The program is run as a collaborative effort between the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Swoon Art House, and other artists and educators in the Boulder community. The collective goal of the program’s administrative team is to give artists the time to focus and investigate their own practice, and to become involved in the Boulder community.
“The BMoCA + Swoon International Artists Residency provides international creatives with the studio space, resources, time, and freedom to realize expansive works of their imagination. The residency fosters the growth of emerging and established artists, musicians, writers, curators, and other creatives by encouraging them to take risks, experiment, and explore their creativity.”
A typical Residency lasts 4-6 weeks, and scheduling is flexible based on individual timelines of artists. Artists are offered a generous stipend, and provided lodging at Swoon Art House.
Artists are paired with community collaborators local to Boulder, CO, based on shared areas of interest and/or the technical demands of their work. In addition, there are two main events organized on behalf of each artist:
1.) an Artist Talk, in which the resident artist is able to share about their work and process with the community; and
2.) a Dinner, in which invited guests and donors of the program are gathered to honor the time and work of the artist during their residency.
James Tapscott is primarily a land and light artist based in Australia whose work explores ideas of phenomenology and our response and understanding of natural phenomena through site-specific installations, sculpture, and photographic projects.
Tomoko Sauvage is a Japanese musician and sound artist who has been active since the 2000s, and explores the sculptural nature of sound and the improvisation linked to environment and environment. Mainly known for a musical research and plastic around a kind of natural synthesizer of his invention, composed of various fluids, bowls, ceramics, light and playing an underwater amplification, the steps of Sauvage are attached questions of alchemy, meditation and balance between hazard and control. In the form of performances, installations and musical compositions, his work is regularly presented in Europe, Asia and America.
Berndnaut Smilde lives and works in Amsterdam, and was a the program’s visiting artist in 2015. Smilde received his BA in 2001 from the Minerva Academy and his MA in 2005 from the Frank Mohr Institute, both in The Netherlands.He has exhibited across The Netherlands and also in Toronto, Canada; Taipei, Taiwan; Istanbul, Turkey; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; London, England; San Francisco, California; and Louisville, Kentucky. In 2008 he was a resident artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and in 2012 his Nimbus series was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Inventions of 2012.”
Rebecca DiDomenico was born in Greenbrae, California. She attended school at Claremont College, Tribhuvan University in Nepal and graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in English Literature. In DiDomenico’s world, there is no separation between art and life, studio and home. Her work is concerned with the collision and interpenetration of various forms of nature, mythology, art history and metaphysics.
David Dadone comes to Boulder from Denver, where he has been a well-known figure in that city’s growing art scene. Dadone is the director at BMoCA in Boulder, CO. He was Deputy Director of the Museo de las Americas, which showcases Latin American art and culture. During David’s tenure at the Museo, he contributed to successful fundraising efforts as well as to the curation of innovative exhibitions, development of creative educational programming, and management of museum operations. Originally from Argentina, Mr. Dadone followed his passion for contemporary art to the U.S. eight years ago and recently became a citizen of this country.
Martha Russo (b. 1962, Milford, Connecticut) earned her BA in developmental biology and psychology from Princeton University in 1985. In 1984, she suffered a career-ending injury while vying for a spot on the United States Olympic Field Hockey Team. After recovering from surgery, Russo was attracted to the physical nature of sculpture. She began studying studio arts in Florence, Italy in 1983 and continued studying ceramics at Princeton University. In 1995, she earned her MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder. Russo’s sculptures and installations have been exhibited nationally at venues such as the Alan Stone Gallery in New York, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, and The Santa Fe Art Institute.