Since 2014, the Durango Arts Center has nurtured a partnership with Mancos-based education center, nature preserve and bed and breakfast Willowtail Springs by funding weeklong residencies for local artists. Over the past four years, DAC has supported 17 artists/groups, each unique in their creative objectives and career stage, yet equally impacted by the tranquil setting and positive support afforded by Willowtail’s founders and directors, Peggy and Lee Cloy. DAC intentionally created this partnership to broaden our engagement with regional artists, who otherwise may not have an opportunity to advance a concept or an entire body of work outside the demands of regular life. An artist residency is that respite where new ideas take hold and creativity flourishes, and the artists are not only thrilled to receive this opportunity, they come back greatly enriched and renewed in their work.
This exhibit will comprise the work of artists who have experienced a residency at Willowtail, including local artists funded by DAC, as well as out-of-area artists who have found great value in sojourn to Mancos. Willowtail Springs is intended to highlight the partnership between two nonprofit organizations, DAC and Willowtail, and also make apparent the creative impact that a local residency has on our rural, yet highly creative community.
Featured artists include:
*Mariposa Velez Senter
*Artist residencies subsidized by DAC
ABOUT THE CURATOR: REGINA HOGAN
Originally from Chicago, Regina attended the Chicago Art Institute and Northern Illinois University, majoring in Fine Arts. She began working as a graphic designer for major advertising and publishing firms.
After moving to the Denver area, Regina entered the field of arts administration, serving as Exhibitions Director at the Foothills Arts Center in Golden, CO and Art Education Director at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. She curated hundreds of exhibits that include major national and international shows. She originated several annual arts invitational shows. She originated several annual arts invitationals and competition that continue to this day. At DAC Regina was instrumental in creating TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition in 2014 that featured dozens of outstanding designers from throughout the USA.
Professionally Regina has served as an arts consultant for college boards and major companies. Regina served on the DAC Board of Directors and now chairs New Face Productions.
DAC is grateful for the generous support of our exhibit sponsors who enable culturally innovative programs to exist in our community. Willowtail Springs is made possible by our sponsors Friends of the Gallery, Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine, Don and Judy Hayes, Russell Engineering, Oxford Asset Management and New Face Productions.