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Robert Whyte House
Tin Shop

Breckenridge Creative Arts| Open Call Artist Residencies

Breckenridge Creative Arts seeks to present innovative work that is new to Breckenridge and Colorado. BCA encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice. 

With excellence, diversity, and relevance as core values of BCA, our goal is to continue to introduce the Breckenridge community and its guests to the works of regional, national, and international artists of the highest caliber. A multi-layered programming team guides BCA’s artistic vision and curatorial framework. Our experienced team of arts professionals shapes the artistic quality of programming selected to ensure the highest international standard while truly reflecting the unique character of Breckenridge.

The Tin Shop and Robert Whyte House provide opportunities for artists to live and work on the Breckenridge Arts District campus. Artists are invited to stay for a minimum of two weeks and up to several months, depending on program needs. Each facility features a fully furnished studio apartment upstairs and a low-tech working studio on the main level. Artists are selected based on the excellence of their work and public participation abilities. Our guest artist programs provide time and space for artists to work in mediums of their choice. In return, we ask that artists host open studio hours and workshops that engage all facets of the community, including the local school district.

As part of its residency program, Breckenridge Creative Arts also considers artists whose work might integrate with of BCA's signature multi-arts festivals (WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, in early June, and the Breckenridge International Festival of Art in mid-to-late August). For these festivals, we seek visual and performance artists whose work is themed around our natural environment. Venues are primarily outdoors; however, there are limited indoor venues that will be included in this event. Contemporary works that are accessible to all ages are preferred.

Both BIFA and WAVE are curated festivals, and participation is by invitation only, with artists and productions selected by the BCA programming team. Guiding the selection process are four main programming criteria: artistic excellence, collaboration, relevance, and accessibility. As well, one of BCA’s objectives is support work that is a commission, premiere, or exclusive appearance.

The Tin Shop Call to Artists for 2018 is currently posted under the "Calls to Artists tab" and the Robert Whyte House is booked through invitation (to supplement BCA programming).

Breckenridge Creative Arts is currently seeking artists in a variety of mediums to fill a one-year time-period, January 2018 – December 2018, with flexible residency terms.

For information, please contact Becca Spiro at 970.453.3187 ext. 7 or


Breckenridge, Colorado: United States

Breckenridge Creative Arts: Tin Shop and Robert Whyte House Artist Residencies Breckenridge is an outstanding example of a Colorado mining boomtown. Most of the historic buildings in town date from a span of eight decades beginning in 1862 and ending in 1942. The charm of Breckenridge lies in its sense of history and in its sense of community. Since its beginning as a mining town, Breckenridge has developed into a world class community with such amenities as the Breckenridge Ski Area, Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge Golf Course, the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Riverwalk Performing Arts Center, and the Breckenridge Arts District. Breckenridge is located in the heart of the Ten Mile Range, which allows its residents to have a mountainous wilderness at their back door. Having such diverse amenities, the local community in Breckenridge is active with wide ranging interests. We are highly visible, attracting visitors both nationally and internationally. The Breckenridge Arts District campus was completed in the fall of 2014. The Arts District is a pedestrian friendly campus that compliments existing arts organizations and local art galleries along with creative businesses. The Arts District is active year-round providing local residents and visitors with authentic artistic and cultural experiences through art workshops, music and theatre performances, film and special events.


  • Residency Length: 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 24


  • Artist Status: Established Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: September 29

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Steuart Bremner, Elise Brewster, Konstantin Dimopoulos, Orion Fredericks, Ryan Patrick Griffin, Julie Hughes, Kiori Kawai, Aaron Sherwood, Andrew Wade Smith, and many more.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Glass blowing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Theater, Printmaking

Residency Fees

There is no charge for artists to stay at the Tin Shop. Artists are responsible for all transportation costs, food and materials for personal work.

Stipends / other support

There are many opportunities for artists to earn income during their residency through workshops, educational programs, lectures, and demos.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists will sign a short-term property lease and provide a security deposit via credit card to cover any unforeseen damages to the property. Artists will sign a “Public Engagement Contract” which outlines the expectations listed below. Artists should have their studio open for public interaction 3 days per week (Thurs-Sat) from 1-5pm. Artists will host a minimum of 1 workshop/lecture/demo per week of the residency. Artists will be asked to participate in Field Trips on Fridays mornings (from 9am-noon). Artists will be asked to host 1 VIP Open House (for BCA members, Board Members, and Committee Members) during their stay (day/time TBD). Artists will agree to share contact information with local schools/organizations to arrange studio visits independently. Artists are encouraged to visit Breckenridge prior to their residency. Artists may have the opportunity to exhibit their work at a local gallery.

Contact Information

150 West Adams Ave
PO Box 4269
Breckenridge , Colorado 80424
United States
Tel: 970-453-3187 ext 7