Three artist from previous CIR


About the Program

Through this series, local creatives from a variety of disciplines push the notions of what a museum can be—for visitors, for the creative community and for the institution itself. Things will get wildly creative and maybe a little messy too!

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Creative-in-Residence 2019

Juntae TeeJay Hwang

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Juntae TeeJay Hwang is an artist, educator, and activist predominantly working within the mediums of performance, film, and sculptural installations in addition to paintings and ceramics. By questioning what productivity truly stands for, TeeJay aims to challenge the individual narrative of progressive ideals in current Western democracies. TeeJay believes that people are being seduced into working toward an illusionary freedom that demands homogenous transparency (with people expected to be open about their lives, sharing everything on social media) along with endless and laborious self-improvement, resulting in burnt-out anxieties, which turn us all into workaholic zombies that resemble each other.

TeeJay aims to create a performance environment at the Denver Art Museum where visitors can learn how to communicate and understand art with one another on a profound level. The practice of observing one another within these performances, along with the revelations that occur through interactive group experiences, will hopefully allow participants to become more aware of how technology and hyper-communication have created insane levels of isolation and a lack of attention to otherness, or things that are unfamiliar.


Artist Sarah Rockett
Event: Artists & Studios

Creative-in-Residence: Sarah Rockett

Monday, July 9, 2018Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Sarah Rockett is a socially engaged, interdisciplinary artist and educator living in Denver. Her work focuses on social commentary by investigating value and equality in American society.

As the museum’s Creative-in-Residence, Rockett will be using art as a method for engaging social interaction, creating meaningful human connection, and prompting dialogue around the urban housing crisis in Denver.

Through exploring ideas of “home” and “place,” museum visitors are invited to join Rockett in the making process and participate in dialogue about the subject. More



The Denver Art Museum is looking for its next Creative-in-Residence to work with the museum, engage visitors, and activate the new Creative Hub from April to August 2020.


A five-month residency, focusing on a project that involves the public in the creative’s practice; and with the DAM visitor as a point of inspiration, resource, collaborator, and/or active participant in the work. The Creative-in-Residence works collaboratively with DAM staff to develop their public engagement project. The first two months of the residency are devoted to developing and prototyping ideas for a public engagement project, while also exploring the museum environment, collections and temporary exhibitions. The subsequent months of the residency will focus on developing a creative work(s) with DAM visitors, with the goal of presenting a culminating moment at the end of the residency. The intention of this residency is to expand and extend the practices of local emerging creatives through the opportunity of creating and interacting with the public in a museum environment. We are committed to developing ongoing connections with Denver’s creative community to further develop engaging experiences for visitors and creatives alike.

Movin’ On Up!

The Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center will open in the Martin Building in June of 2020. During the first two months of the residency, the Creative-in-Residence will reside in the Hamilton Building utilizing galleries, outdoor spaces, and our Studio for prototyping and planning their public engagement project. In June of 2020, the Creative-in-Residence will move into a dedicated workspace in the new Creative Hub in the Learning and Engagement Center. The Creative-in-Residence will also engage DAM’s galleries and outdoor spaces.

What is the Creative Hub?

A new learning and engagement space that has been developed with feedback from local community partners. The community created vision of this space is:

  • It will feel like a comfortable place for gathering, having a welcoming, communal buzz.
  • It will be a platform for exchange, a place for diverse and changing, community-driven programming and convenings, partner meetings and events, pre- and post-gallery experiences.
  • It will celebrate local creativity, showcasing work from varied community groups, as well as being a place where our local Creatives-in-Residence can work with the public.
  • It will enable creative experiences, providing hands-on, self-directed learning opportunities where visitors can spark their own creativity through participatory experiences.

Our ideal Creative-in-Residence is:

  • Interested in creative projects with interactive or participatory entry points for the public.
  • Eager to explore their practice with and alongside DAM visitors.
  • Able to use their practice to create opportunities for conversation and collaboration.
  • Can be flexible with working spaces as the Creative Hub opens in June.
  • Interested in connecting their practice to the DAM’s collections and temporary exhibitions.
  • A natural collaborator with the ability to creatively problem solve practical and logistical challenges.
  • Has a desire to collaborate with museum staff in the planning and evolution of their project.
  • A confident communicator.


  • Attendance at all meetings during the residency.
  • Available to engage with the public and attend meetings for at least four hours per week during April and May.
  • Starting in June, available to utilize the Creative-in-Residence workspace in the Creative Hub for at least six hours per week.
  • Engage public during at least two Free Days (minimum: four hours per day)

The DAM will provide the resident with the following:

  • A payment of $7,500 (to be allocated in three payments).
  • A $2,000 materials stipend to cover all material and collaborative expenses related to the residency.
  • Storage for materials.
  • Support from Facilities & AV departments for set up needs.
  • Marketing and Promotional materials created by DAM staff.
  • A yearlong membership to the DAM.
  • Access to the professional expertise of a range of DAM staff members.
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of public programs at the DAM.


We are looking for creatives who:

  • Have a dedicated creative practice in visual art, music, performance, craft, spoken word, film, writing, or any other creative discipline.
  • Have a demonstrable interest in interactive, participatory, and/or socially engaged practice.
  • Want to share their practice with the public.
  • Currently live and work in the Denver metro area and can commute to the museum during the entire residency period.
  • Pass a background check.


Submissions should include the following:

  1. A brief written statement that addresses the following four questions:
    1. What is your creative practice and how could it grow and expand with this residency, specifically in the museum environment? (500-word limit)
    2. How does interactive engagement and participation inform your work? (350-word limit)
    3. How do you see your practice connecting with the DAM’s collections and temporary exhibitions? (350- word limit)
    4. Give us some examples of open-ended project possibilities that you are interested in, and that could adapt to inspiration from DAM exhibitions. This is meant to give the selection committee a taste of what it could be like to have you in the museum, not solidified project proposals. (500-word limit)
    5. An up-to-date résumé or CV.
    6. A maximum of 10 images of your work. (links or embedded jpegs no larger than 2 MB each, or video links)
    7. Names and contact details of two professional references.

Please submit the above information in a single PDF document.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of DAM staff, a former Creative-in-Residence, and an external Denver-based arts professional.

If short-listed, you will be invited for an interview with members of our panel. In this interview, you will be asked to provide a short presentation of your practice and engagement style, including a sample of your practice as it could appear in the museum environment.

Final selection will depend on the following criteria:

• The strength of your written statement.

• Your interest in participatory practice and in actively engaging DAM visitors in your work.

• Your interest in working with DAM staff and with the collection material on view.

• The quality of your previous work.

• Your interview.

• Your professional references.


Deadline for applications: February 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Notification of short-listing: February 28, 2020

Interviews: March 9–13, 2020

Final selection announced: March 25, 2020

Residency starts: April 6, 2020 (planning/prototyping during April and May, delivery of public engagement project begins in June)

Completion of residency: August 28, 2020


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