The Firehouse Art Center curates twelve unique exhibitions a year mixing solo and group shows. In keeping with our mission, our exhibitions are a diverse blend of traditional and contemporary styles that intersperse the work of local, regional and national artists. Please see below for exhibition opportunities and open call for entries:
FIREHOUSE ART CENTER ARTIST OCCUPIED- WINTER- NOVEMBER-JANUARY RESIDENCY/FEBRUARY EXHIBIT
The Firehouse Art Center hosts a Winter Residency each year, working in the South Gallery for three months before a culminating solo exhibition in the Main Gallery with the opportunity to guest curate the accompanying South Gallery show. In Winter 2023/2024, the program will run from November- January (exhibit in February 2024).
The Artist Occupied program at the Firehouse Art Center is intended as a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists.Bring you work to a new creative level as you connect visitors to working artist environments and processes.
Previous resident artists include Heather Kegel, Sean Faling, Jessica Forrestal, Chris Blume, Kaitlyn Tucek, Roberta Restaino, Chelsea Gilmore, Barbara Rudlaff, Amy Hoagland and Janelle Anderson.
- Selected Artists are asked to work in the space for at least ten hours per week (five hours, two days a week) during open gallery hours (Wednesday to Sunday 12-5pm), to allow community interaction.
- One piece of original work will be donated to the Firehouse for inclusion in the annual Gala auction.
- Schedule at least three public events (workshop, artist talk) to engage the community with your concepts, materials or process. Workshop fees will be paid to the artist.
- 350 sq ft studio w/natural light & tall ceilings
- Full sink with disposal
- Trash & recycling
- Basement storage available
- 24-hour access to the building
- Wi-fi access
- Access to kiln for firing ceramics work
To apply, please complete this form by April 15, 2023 with the following:
- Site specific artist proposal for work to be completed during residency
- Why you are interested in the residency
- 8-10 Images of recent work, showing style and technical skills (labels files lastnameimage#: ex. “smith4”)
- Artist statement; who you are and what you do
- How your work or process will engage the community during your studio time.
- Budget for materials (if applicable)- Stipend is project specific and will be decided by the Exhibits Committee
- Please also include: An artist resume, three references, and contact details
- Please use this form to apply.
- Merit of past work
- Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency
- Have a demonstrable interest in interactive, participatory, and/or socially engaged practice
- Potential to further develop an innovative creative practice and impact the community and engagement with the community
- Currently live and work in Boulder County, or surrounding areas, and can commute to FAC during the entire residency period.
- Eager to explore their practice with and alongside FAC visitors in a space that is open to the public
- Has a desire to collaborate with the FAC team in the planning and evolution of their project.
- Deadline for applications: Feb. 15, 2023 by 11:59 MST
- Notification of short-listing: Feb. 24 , 2023
- Interviews: Week of Feb. 27, 2023
- Final selection announced: March 6, 2023
- Residency starts: June 1, 2023
- Completion of residency: Sept. 1, 2023
- Exhibit opens: Sept 1, 2023
As a cornerstone of the Creative District, we exhibit thought provoking work in all mediums, including installation, film and performance art.
The artist agrees to the following terms and conditions for showing at The Firehouse Art Center:
1) To pay $35 entry fee
2) To ship/deliver artwork at artist’s expense
3) To assume full liability for the work displayed at The Firehouse
4) To allow The Firehouse the right to photograph artwork to be used for publicity purposes.
The Firehouse Art Center is Longmont’s leading contemporary art center featuring national, regional, and local artists. Our beautiful National Historic Landmark building features three exhibitions spaces and over 1,300 square feet of space. We focus on accessible contemporary art that engages curiosity and conversation. Admission to the Firehouse is free and serves over 10,000 visitors each year. We were voted the Best Art Gallery in East Boulder County, for 7 years in a row and the Times Call Readers Choice for Best Art Gallery 6 years in a row. Our exhibits are regularly featured in local and regional news outlets including Boulder Weekly, Denver Westword, the Daily Times-Call, the Boulder Daily Camera, and the Longmont Leader.
Our exhibitions committee consists of artists, art administrators, business professionals, curators and art collectors. Preference is given to submissions that are culturally relevant with a unique perspective and the ability to provide a diverse art experience. Cutting edge contemporary work and multi-disciplinary artists are strongly encouraged. Group exhibitions and curatorial proposals are welcomed, as well as solo exhibition proposals from established and emerging artists in all mediums.
The mission of the Firehouse Art Center is to inspire cultural awareness and human connection by providing life enhancing experiences through art exhibitions, art education and cultural events. The Firehouse Art Center is the leading contemporary art space in downtown Longmont. As a cornerstone of the Creative District, we exhibit thought provoking work in all mediums, including installation, film and performance art.
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Submissions must be made via callforentry.org and applications open July 1, 2022.