Nozcaboose – Artist Residency

The Caboose Artist Studio Residency program, which launched in summer 2020, provides local artists a place to create without the burden of high rent for a dedicated work space (the program is free to the artist). Artist Studio Residency takes place in Steamboat Creates’ NozCaboose, named after the graffiti mural characters called Nozcos that wrap around the outside of the caboose train car.

Steamboat Creates provides:
– NozCaboose studio with light furnishings, folding down Murphy table, lighting, baseboard heat, WiFi signal, NO running water (water and bathroom access is provided in the Depot Art Center), NO lodging or overnight accommodations.
– Exhibition of work at the end of the residency as part of the downtown First Friday Artwalk in the NozCaboose Studio.

Artist in Residency provides:
– Community outreach project during the residency
– Membership with Steamboat Creates (Artist Member level or higher)

The NozCaboose is an open-studio concept so visitors can go inside to see the artist creating. There are no set ‘open’ hours as the schedule is dependent on the artist’s work schedule. However, typically the artist is in studio during First Friday Artwalks each month, May – October!

The Artist-in-Residence program for Summer 2023 is currently accepting applications from artists located in Northwest Colorado.

May – July 2022 Artist in Residence

Julia Ben-Asher
Artist Bio: Julia Ben-Asher is an illustrator and designer based in Steamboat Springs, where she is continually inspired and energized by the natural world. Julia teaches at Steamboat Montessori school and formerly edited the Arts & Entertainment section of the Steamboat Pilot.

She works mainly in pen and ink, and dabbles in watercolor and wood-burning. Julia loves to draw and paint along a hike or ski, around a campfire or in a hammock, as a way to both connect with nature and record the experience. Through her art, which features mountain landscapes, wildlife, and adventuring humans, Julia aims to convey the feeling of being in awe of nature, and to encourage us all to further appreciate and care for this magical planet we call home. Julia has partnered with a variety of nonprofits and businesses in creating art. In 2018, she worked with Osprey to design an Artist Series Daylite Sling pack. Julia has created several pieces of community art, including painting a retired chairlift bench that was upcycled into a public bench in Winter Park, Colorado.

August – October 2022 Artist in Residence

Garret Bock
Artist Bio:
Garret Bock is a lino/woodcut-focused artist living in Steamboat Springs. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 with a BFA in Printmaking. After graduating, he worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as an art director for a museum dedicated to the bizarre. In 2010 he moved to Colorado to pursue teaching. Garret currently teaches at the Steamboat Springs Strawberry Park Middle School.

Wood and linocut are his preferred medium for their graphic and expressive qualities. Garret’s style is heavily influenced by childhood comic reading. This is evident in a tendency to combine words and pictures that help convey a story.

In his current project, Strange Steamboat, he looks to join local history with pop culture and myths from around the world. Steamboat has a strong identity of cowboys, sports and nature. This project infuses those themes with the odd, such as robots, monsters, and mythical creatures.

On exhibit in Bliss Hall June 8 – 25, 2022