The Firehouse Art Center is Longmont’s leading contemporary art center featuring national and local artists with well over a dozen exhibitions a year. Their beautiful National Historic Landmark building features two exhibition spaces, and over 1,000 square feet of space. A cornerstone of the Longmont Creative District, it offers educational programs, events and membership programs to support creativity for all. Their mission is to raise cultural awareness and understanding of the arts in the regional community, and they focus on accessible contemporary art that engages curiosity and conversation.

The Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts is part of the larger campus-wide Grand Challenge initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), and is open to all CU students, faculty, staff, campus units and community members. NEST seeks projects that bridge the sciences and the arts, and engage with central questions that explore our common and disparate ways of observing, recording, experimenting and knowing. One of their main focuses is supporting undergraduate and graduate work through its funding channels as they kick-start their careers.

The Firehouse traditionally hosts two Artist Occupied programs each year—i.e, Summer Residency and Winter residency. Residents work in the South Gallery for three months before a culminating solo exhibition in the Main Gallery with the opportunity to also guest curate an accompanying South Gallery show. These residencies typically run from June to August, and November to January. The Artist Occupied program at the Firehouse is intended as a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists, and to expose visitors to a working artist environment.

The Firehouse and NEST are thrilled to announce a new partnership for the upcoming Winter and Summer residencies at the Firehouse.  

NEST is co-funding the 2021 Summer Artist Occupied Residency. Thanks to this sponsorship, the Firehouse is able to increase the residency stipend to $1,000. The Firehouse appreciates NEST’s support for this important program that offers professional development opportunities to emerging and experienced visual artists, while providing a chance for the community to see, and sometimes participate in, how artists create.

Furthermore, NEST is partnering with the Firehouse for the first Firehouse/NEST Artist Occupied Winter Residency which runs from November 2020 to January 2021, with an exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Firehouse Art Center in February 2021. Selected artists—a team of two—for the residency receive a $3,500 stipend, and are asked to work in the space for at least ten hours per week during open gallery hours to engage the public about their work—while following all precautionary guidelines. Furthermore, they lead a minimum of two public events—e.g., artist talk, workshop, etc.—at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, at NEST in the CU campus, or remotely. NEST appreciates the Firehouse’s support for our commitment to provide graduate students at CU with invaluable avenues to disseminate their work.

We are pleased to announce the upcoming and first Firehouse/NEST Artist Occupy Winter Residency artists—and University of Colorado Boulder graduate students—Jennifer Cole and Amy Hoagland. Jennifer is a PhD student at the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and Amy is an MFA student at the Department of Art & Art History. Congratulations!