Artists residencies happen all over the world in all kinds of situations, cultures and climates. With a little bit of Spanish and a lot of excitement, I embarked on a personal residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal in the Fall of 2016 to work on my year long Leap 366 Life Ring project.
Residencies are all about giving artists the gift of time. Time to work on current projects and time to incubate new ideas. Fast forward to my February 2021 residency in the High Plains of Ucross Wyoming, population...25! Ucross Foundation for the arts was started by philanthropist Raymond Plank in 1983 to, " foster the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time..." Surrounded by snow and a few days of temperatures that dipped to -22 degrees, I was able to spend hours in my beautiful studio working on projects that revolve around textiles as storytellers. Today I continue to work on ideas and artwork started at Ucross in my downtown Cheyenne studio while applying for my next residency adventure!
Interested in an artist residency? Here's the website I use to search for opportunities around the world, Alliance of Artists Communities
Georgia Rowswell is a mixed media artist living and working in Cheyenne WY.