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Aspen Art Museum


2021 Artist Fellowship

The Aspen Art Museum Artist Fellowship provides a mentored professional development opportunity for six artists (from emerging to established) working in the Roaring Fork Valley and include the communities of Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Basalt, Old Snowmass, Snowmass Village, and Aspen.

The 9-month fellowship cohort meets monthly for opportunities such as conversations with visiting artists and curators, presentations from AAM staff, and facilitated studio visits with one another. Over the course of the program artist fellows develop a project and have the opportunity to share their work with the community.


Louise Deroualle

Louise Deroualle received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2017 and her BFA in Visual Arts from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo in 2001. Deroualle has exhibited work in the USA and Brazil, and in 2017 was awarded the Roswell Artists-in-Residence Fellowship in New Mexico. She is currently the Ceramic Studio Coordinator at Snowmass Village, Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center, where she also maintains her studio.

Dave Durrance

A lifelong Aspenite, Dave Durrance is widely recognized in the region for his various roles as a ski racer, coach, and retailer. He began studying art in high school, earning his BFA in Painting from the University of Denver in 1968 and mounting his first solo show post-graduation in Carbondale, Colorado, the following summer. Growing up in Aspen during the 1950s and 60s, Durrance cites then Aspen-resident Herbert Bayer and fellow Bauhaus artists among his primary artistic influences. Durrance has participated in group shows throughout the region, state, and country over the past decade, with regional shows at Red Brick Art Center, Aspen Chapel Gallery, LivAspenArt Gallery, Aspen Art Museum, Basalt’s Toklat Gallery, Carbondale Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Colorado Mountain College.

Monica Goldsmith

Monica Goldsmith creates paintings that explore impermanence within built spaces and outdoor environments. Her recent paintings are of imagined and mostly unfurnished residential spaces with details of things not yet packed during the time between moves. Goldsmith holds a BA from Chicago’s Loyola University and an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design in Massachusetts. Past residencies include Hambidge Center for the Arts in Georgia, the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has exhibited nationally, with recent group exhibitions at the Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; First Street Gallery, New York; Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, California; and at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen. She lives and works in Carbondale, Colorado.

Lindsay Jones

Born and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Lindsay Jones studied fine art in college, turning her skills into a career as a freelancer and graphic designer. The visual arts have allowed her to gain such diverse experiences as creating custom mounts for ancient artifacts and running her own graphic arts studio, while also maintaining a fine art practice that has seen her create art inspired by such experiences as a self-sustained cross-continental bike trip, studying art in Oregon, and painting murals in California. As an artist, Jones works with repurposed and found materials to create works that engage viewers through playful pattern and abstracted imagery. Her drawings, murals, and small sculptures (or constructions) reflect on the landscapes she experiences and her encounters with environments that are built, shaped, and manipulated. In recent years, Lindsay has translated her tangible physical works into digital artworks in the form of animation and illustration. Jumping back and forth between these has introduced an added layer of conversation about space and time to her creative productions.

Trace Nichols

Trace Nichols is a visual artist and educator who uses traditional and contemporary processes to explore intriguing and timely concepts. Her practice typically involves the use of photography and printmaking, but also incorporates collage, illustration, painting, and other artistic media and technical means that help tell her stories. Nichols’s work aims to produce an exchange of ideas with her audience and often includes an element of education/information within that dialog. This might include the processes and techniques with which she works, the subject explored, or the historical and contemporary practice or applications of the media themselves. Trace holds a BS in graphic design and printmaking, an MFA in photography, and teaches graduate-level photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she has been a faculty member since 2009. Nichols has worked in the visual arts for over thirty years, exhibiting regularly both in the region and abroad.

Lara Whitley

Named as a “sculptor to watch” by Aspen Sojourner magazine, Lara Whitley is known for installation-based works that explore the relationship between the human and natural worlds. Whitley frequently works with objects foraged from abandoned dumping grounds with the intention of re-animating and releasing them into new narratives. Her installation, Homecoming, won the juried People’s Choice Award at Colorado’s 2019 Art of the State triennial, for which she has twice been selected for exhibition. In recent years, she has expanded her practice to include public art curation, including environmental installation, visual arts exhibitions, and mural projects. Whitley is the founder of Aspen’s Community Office of Resource Efficiency’s (CORE) annual “Imagine Climate: creative perspectives on climate change” program. CORE is a nonprofit organization with whom Whitley served as Creative Strategy Director.

About the Program

The annual Artist Fellowship program provides mentored professional development for six artists, 18 years of age or older, working in any medium at any artistic level (from emerging to established).

Providing recognition and support for artists interested in expanding their practice through exchange and mentorship, the nine-month Artist Fellowship group will meet for such opportunities as conversations with visiting artists and curators, presentations by AAM staff, and facilitated studio visits with their cohort.

Over the course of the fellowship, participating artists develop a creative project with the input of museum staff, culminating in the opportunity to present their work and share their creative process and experiences with the public at the end of the program through an artist talk, performance, demonstration, or other format. Each Artist Fellow receives an honorarium to help realize their project.

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