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.
2018 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. Website
2017 Amalia Pica is a London-based Argentinian artist who explores metaphor, communication, and civic participation through sculptures, installations, photographs, projections, live performances, and drawings.
2016 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. Website
2015 Berndnaut Smilde is a Dutch artist. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
Smilde’s work consists of installations, sculptures and photography. He explores the physical de-
construction and re-construction of materials; light, space, atmosphere and experience in relation to his architectural environment, creating a new moment between the realms of reality and the temporal. Website
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.
Mike M. Moore is an artist who has chosen architecture as his primary medium, founding tres birds workshop in 2000. Mike’s career formally began at the University of California at Berkeley where he studied both Environmental Biology and Fine Art. With a desire to merge both ecological systems science and modern design principles, he completed a Masters in Architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver.
In his final semester of graduate school, Mike wrote a thesis paper referencing the early works of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, who later won the Pritzker Prize in 2009 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2013. While researching Zumthor’s work, Mike traveled to Switzerland to conduct extensive interviews with Mr. Zumthor and visited all of his projects built prior to 2000. Topics explored throughout the thesis expand upon the connections between natural systems/human design, phenomenology/material expression and reductionism, which he dedicates his work to today.
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.
Amy Metier was born in Wyoming and grew up in Colorado. She obtained a B.F.A. from Colorado State University and an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder and maintains a studio in Denver. Metier has had thirteen solo exhibitions, including seven at William Havu Gallery.Metier has been awarded two artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome,Italy; the Ballinglen Foundation in Ireland; the Alfred and Trafford Klots/MICA Foundation in Brittany, France, and the Vermont Studio Center. She will be an artist in residence at the La Napoule Foundation in France this summer. Amy’s work is in private and public collections throughout the United States, to include the Denver Art Museum and the Kirkland Museum.