November 2020


For the second year in a row, the Firehouse showcases the creativity and community of our artist members through an exhibit of drawings created in response to the Inktober prompts.

Inktober is an annual drawing challenge, in which a single word prompt is chosen for each day of the month of October. Works should use ink, and have become a worldwide opportunity for artists to share their skills via social media.

In the Firehouse exhibit we show any piece made by any member artist that uses ink. To encourage participation and remove any additional financial barriers the works are hung unframed and unmatted. Works are limited in size to 9”x12” or smaller, and can include other media but must contain ink and stick to the single set of prompts. Short works from writers who participate in our workshops and open mic are also shown, from poems to short stories.

Participants are not required to complete all 31 prompts – we’ll hang any number by an individual artist. The show typically includes over 100 drawings, and this year a pricing structure has been implemented to encourage sales of the work.

While some choose to take extra time with only a few prompts, others attempt the full 31 days and the range of styles and expressions come together to create an exhibit refreshing in its exuberance and diversity.


2020 Winter Residency


The Firehouse and NEST are thrilled to announce a new partnership for the upcoming Winter and Summer residencies at the Firehouse. Through this partnership with NEST the Firehouse is able to increase funding for the Summer 2021 residency, and engage our community with a unique project this winter, exploring the interconnected relationship between the arts and sciences.

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.

For more information visit or on social media @nestcuboulder

December 2020


The Firehouse Art Center is proud to present the fourth annual juried student show from Front Range Community College’s Boulder County Campus in Longmont.

The show is a continuation of an academic goal set by John Cross, Lead Faculty for the art program, and the Firehouse’s commitment to educational and professional opportunities for emerging artists and students. Students experience the challenges and joys of presenting their work professionally, from documenting their pieces to professional framing. This year, as students have been unable to meet for classes on campus, the show provides what for many is the first opportunity to see their classmates’ recent work in person.

The show is a competitive entry open to all art students from Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and the current semester. Prizes are arranged in categories: 3D Design, Drawing, Photo, and Painting. There will also be a Best of Show prize and a VP Purchase award, in which the college purchases work for its permanent collection.