Laura Ahola Young, “Thong Weed,” graphite, 2021.

Artist Residencies

Land Line: Artist Residency Program

Denver Botanic Gardens is pleased launched a new artist-in-residence program in 2021: Land Line. As the Gardens works to foster appreciation, understanding, transformation and stewardship of the natural world, it brings people together in celebration of humanity’s unique connections to landscape. The residency program seeks to inspire and bring awareness to nature, offering individual perspectives.

Land Line’s flexible formats allow for remote residency experiences, shorter-term arrangements, and options for public engagement, both online and in person. Selected creatives will have access to the Gardens’ collections (living plants, natural history, art, books), scientists, curators and multiple locations for their work, including the Denver York Street location and the working farm and native plant refuge Chatfield Farms location. Artists working in a variety of disciplines and media will be considered, including visual art, music, spoken word, poetry/literature, film/animation and other born-digital projects.

Denver Botanic Gardens seeks to support and strengthen diverse perspectives—BIPOC applicants and individuals who identify as part of an historically marginalized group are strongly encouraged to submit. Land Line is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Residency Formats

In any format, artists in residence are expected to explore and enhance the Gardens’ aim to connect people with plants. There will be opportunities to learn about its priorities when it comes to Colorado ecosystems, similar steppe regions/biomes around the world, native plants and endangered species.

Four different residency formats are available through the Land Line program. The final applicant pool with determine the availability of residency type.  As possible, cross-disciplinary conversation within the residency cohort will be facilitated. 


The application for the 2021 Land Line artist residency is now closed. Please check back soon for more information on 2022 artist residencies.

Botanical Illustration Artist-in-Residence Program

Please note the Botanical Illustration Artist / Illustrator in Residence Program has been put on hold through 2021 due to COVID-19. We will resume this program when it is safe to do so.

The Artist / Illustrator in Residence Program is an exciting opportunity for illustrators to find inspiration in the natural beauty of Denver Botanic Gardens and further their practice with in-depth access to the Gardens’ extensive scientific collections. Residents will illustrate collections and landscapes with a focus on documenting plants native to the Rocky Mountain region, supporting the Gardens’ dedication to preservation, conservation, education and biodiversity. 

Here is more information about the Botanical Illustration Artist / Illustrator in Residence Program.

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