What is the Create Award?

The Create Award is a 6-month residency for recent graduates from creative disciplines (fine arts, digital art, performing arts, etc.). Selected candidates receive a 6-month membership at Art Gym Denver (a shared workspace for artists), and a final exhibition and/or performance in Art Gym’s professional gallery space.

Who It's For

The Create Award is for recent graduates (within the past 2 years) from Art or Performing Arts programs. If you graduated in Spring of 2017 or later, you’re eligible to apply in 2019.

Number of Recipients: 2

The goal of this residency is to support recently graduated artists in continued creation through access to equipment, mentoring and exhibitions. The first years out of art school is critical to the development of professional artistic practices. Artists who launch immediately into their chosen field are more likely to achieve success. The Create Award can endeavor to facilitate this launch.

What You Need To Do

Prepare a 500-1000 word proposal that outlines general goals and your intended direction for the culminating exhibition/performance. Be sure to include some visual examples or video, and a rough timeline of milestones for the project. Next, get a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and a couple of references, and you’re set.

(Pro Tip: Before you apply, it’s a good idea to stop by Art Gym or contact us to set up a tour so you’re familiar with the space you’ll be working and exhibiting/performing in.)


During the residency, the successful applicant will receive:

  • 6 month membership at Art Gym Denver
  • Use of on-demand equipment and workspaces*
  • Help with strategy and scheduling to realize exhibition goals
  • Ongoing planning and critique sessions with prominent artists and curators
  • Materials stipend (TBD)
  • Exhibition or Performance with opening reception

*some restrictions apply

Important Dates:

  • Submission Opens: Open year round
  • Submission Deadline: June 16, 2019 – 5pm
  • Announcement of Winner: July 15, 2019
  • Residency: August 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020
  • Exhibition Dates: January 23 – February 15, 2020
  • Opening Reception: January 23, 2020, 5-8pm

Questions? Email membership@artgymdenver.com

How Do I Apply?

Please fill out the form to apply.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Create Award is June 16.

* Required Field

General Info

Have you toured Art Gym?

Do you have your own studio space?

Proposal Details

Letter of Recommendation from a university faculty member *

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