Community Fine Arts Center Board members, left to right, Carol Jelaco, Breanna Jackman, Nathan Wonnacott, RJ Pieper and Angela Thatcher stand with the artwork purchased from a local auction in 2019. The current project the CFAC board is offering is a new artist in residency program.

Community Fine Arts Center Board members, left to right, Carol Jelaco, Breanna Jackman, Nathan Wonnacott, RJ Pieper and Angela Thatcher stand with the artwork purchased from a local auction in 2019. The current project the CFAC board is offering is a new artist in residency program.
ROCK SPRINGS — The Community Fine Arts Center Advisory Board has announced a new program to benefit the center, artists and the community. An artist in residency will bring a new artist to the area for a week this summer.
The CFAC Board in Rock Springs is seeking proposals for its inaugural artist residency, to take place for one week between July and September 2022. Situated in southwest Wyoming, Rock Springs has a long and rich history. Most well known for playing a significant role in powering the country, Rock Springs is also conveniently located near many natural wonders, including the famed Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.
The purpose of this residency is to afford artists from outside the community a chance to live and work in Rock Springs, to engage with its history and culture, and to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of what the area has to offer. Additionally, this residency will help the Community Fine Arts Center fulfill its commitment to serve as a cultural hub, expose the community to a diverse range of artists, and generally be a “cultural oasis” in southwest Wyoming’s high desert country.
The program offers a 1 week residency to artists. A $1000 stipend, a local Airbnb, and studio space will be provided. Artist must provide his or her own transportation. All expenses for travel to and from the residency will be at the artist’s expense. Artists will be responsible for their food, personal expenses, and art supplies.
The CFAC Board is nine members, three from each of the organizations that formed a partnership over 50 years to keep the CFAC open to the public. The Sweetwater County through the county library system, the City of Rock Springs, and Sweetwater School District #1 each take
a role in supporting operations of the center. Current members are RJ Pieper, Angela Thatcher, Breanna Jackman, Nathan Wonnacott, Carol Jelaco, Susie von Ahrens, Jacob Muldowney, and Joe Hampton. Hank Ketelsen just stepped down this month since his family is moving from the area.
The CFAC Board fundraises so that it can support additional art projects that are out of the scope of the programming money provided by the City of Rock Springs to the CFAC. Projects in the past have included rebuilding the grand piano at Rock Springs High School, celebrations of anniversaries of both the art collection and the CFAC, a sculpture at the building’s entrance, expanding the art collection, and an annual scholarship for a Rock Springs high school senior to attend college. Interested artists can apply for this new opportunity through http://callforentry.org, a webpage system to manage calls for artists for exhibits, competitions, and other opportunities. Search for Sweetwater County WY Artist in Residence and the deadline to enter is June 15th.
For more information, call or visit the Community Fine Arts Center, 400 C Street in Rock Springs, 307-362-6212. The center’s hours are Monday through Thursday 10 am to 6 pm and Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.
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