New fellowship initiative providing recognition, support,

and mentored professional development for artists working

within a hundred-mile radius of the AAM culminates

with individual presentations, Thursday, May 16, 2019

ASPEN, COLORADO (May 1, 2019) — The inaugural year of the Aspen Art Museum’s Artist Fellowship program will culminate with four project presentations by participants Wewer Keohane, Michael Lorsung, Shannon Richardson, and Andrew Roberts-Gray on Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 5–6:30 p.m., at the AAM. 


With four awards given annually, the AAM Artist Fellowship provides recognition, support, and expansive mentored professional developmentfor artists working in any medium living within a hundred-mile radius of the AAM. Fellows are given the unique opportunity to expand theirstudio practice through the use of the museum and its programmatic resources, meeting once a month over the course of nine months foropportunities ranging from contact with visiting artists and curators to presentations from AAM staff and studio visits with the Fellowship group. Each Fellow receives a $1,000 honorarium to help realize their project. The museum announced the first Artist Fellowshiprecipients October 12, 2018. 


2019 Artist Fellows & Presentations


Wewer Keohane

Raised in Europe, Keohane holds PhDs in Creative Arts and Psychology. In 1981, Keohane moved to Carbondale, CO, to pursue visual art amongother interests relating to the fields of art and psychology. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, New OrleansMuseum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Brooklyn Library, New York, Musée L’Éventail, Paris, the Powers ArtCenter, Carbondale, CO, as well as in the collections of universities, corporations, and libraries. Keohane lives and works in Carbondale, and isthe author of the book Artful Dreaming.


PROJECT: Embracing Mystery is a presentation accompanied by a handmade book and ceiling installation piece in which Keohane shares how she becomes open to ideas, synchronicities, influences, and change throughout her creative process. She will explain how this process has been encouraged by the AAM Fellowship.  


Michael Lorsung

Michael Lorsung is a trans-media artist who lives in Snowmass Village, CO, where he is the Coordinator for the Sculpture Studio at AndersonRanch Arts Center. Lorsung received his MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Ohio University in Athens, and has taught at both Louisiana StateUniversity and Ohio University, as well as abroad at the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary. Lorsung has exhibited his workwidely throughout the United States.


PROJECT: Lorsung will discuss his project, which uses technology and leverages the infrastructure of commerce to expose the humanity that underpins parts of our existence, especially in remote areas such as ours.


Shannon Richardson

Shannon Richardson earned her BFA from the Pacific NW College of Art as a nontraditional oil painter. She currently lives in Paonia, CO, where shehas a working studio and gallery located above the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. Richardson’s dedication to her art has earned her numerousawards and grants, and her work has been both exhibited and collected widely throughout the United States.


PROJECT: Richardson will present a short video demonstrating her unique process of storytelling through the development of a large-scale oil painting created during her time as a fellowship recipient.


Andrew Roberts-Gray

A Carbondale, CO, resident, artist Andrew Roberts-Gray explores the manufacturing processes of computer CPUs as a guide in referencing anumber of discreet yet expansive cultural traditions, including science fiction and the historical trajectory of the painted landscape. He hasparticipated in art mentoring and collaborative endeavors with other artists, and is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver,CO.


PROJECT: Roberts-Gray is presenting a twelve-minute multimedia art performance piece that features digital projections, dance, and music played by internationally acclaimed violinist Mintze Wu.


The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions,education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.