Summer 2021 Artist in Residence: Janelle W. Anderson


This summer the Firehouse Art Center welcomes our newest artist-in-residence, Janelle W. Anderson, to take over the South Gallery as a studio space from June through August. The Artist Occupied program aims to share the creative process with visitors to the space through a behind-the-scenes approach in presenting Anderson’s work- ing methods. She will be present in the gallery every Saturday from 12-5.

Janelle W. Anderson creates paintings and drawings that relate to dreams, memory, consciousness, perception of time, existentialism, and the human condition. Using symbols, metaphors, and various design elements to create a collage-like aesthetic with representational imagery, Anderson’s work conveys a contemporary, dream-like sense of storytelling. Anderson has lived in Denver for 11 years and received a BFA in Painting from Metro State College of Denver in 2011. She has shown her work in galleries throughout the US and was a member of Pirate: Contemporary Art for 4 years.

Throughout the residency Anderson will solicit image submissions from the public, to use on constructing her full-gallery installation titled “All Together Now.” Composed of collage-like paintings on different sized supports. The collage elements are in the paintings as well as in the different shaped supports that link together. The painting will continue off the supports and onto the walls of the gallery, creating a continuous piece that is site specific.
This residency is supported in part by our partnership with NeST Studio for the Arts.

Tentative Schedule for Photo Submissions:
April 2nd – 15th – People – candid photos of family, friends, celebrations such as birthday parties, holiday gatherings, photos of crowds at an event or concert, etc.
April 16th – 29th – Landscape – nature and urban landscape – vacation photos, hiking photos, plains, mountains, ocean, beach, etc. Urban Landscape can be city images, architecture, cars, roads, highways, etc.
April 30th – May 13th – Animals – wildlife (from anywhere), pets, farm animals, etc.
May 14th – May 27th – Current Events – Protest images, news photography. Images from any time period are welcome.
May 28th – June 10th – Weather disasters and aftermath / astrophotography – storms, weather disasters such as flooding, tornado aftermath, Colorado fires and aftermath (2020 or previous years), blizzards and aftermath, atmospheric images such as stars, planets, space.
June 11th – 24th -Interiors – Any interior of any building, such as a house, office, school, grocery store, etc. These can include figures or not, can be related to the pandemic, can show interior looking out window to exterior, doorways, etc.

Please email photos to Please do not send images which are not your own.