ABOUT THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Laura Grace Barrett Printmaking residencies are available from 1 week - 3 months, depending on the needs of the artist. The ZACC’s selection committee will choose new residents throughout the year depending on availability. The selections are based on the quality of the work, its artistic merit, and the diversity of the prospective group in terms of work, background, and stage of career development.
The ZACC expects that each resident will contribute approximately 5 hours a week in studio and gallery maintenance. This contribution may include such general studio tasks as cleaning and organizing the studio, gallery assistance (including work packing and exhibit install/un-install), assisting with studio improvements, and performing other duties and special projects as needed. Residents are also asked to assist with the production of fundraising events and are often called upon to offer technical or creative advice to studio artists, interns, and students. Residents are responsible for their own inks, paper, all supplies for special projects, housing and transportation.
Long and Short-term Residents work alongside our Community Artists and receive the following; 24-hour access to the ZACC Print Shop, semi-private studio space to work in for the duration of their residency (approximately 125 sq. ft.), a locker and flat file space.
Resident artists are encouraged to teach classes as a way to share their knowledge and experiences, as well as to interact with our local Missoula community.
Residents are also encouraged to put work up for sale in our sales gallery, and all long-term residents are invited to present a solo exit show near the end of their residency.
ABOUT THE PRINT SHOP
SUPPORTED PRINTMAKING DISCIPLINES
The ZACC Print Shop supports screen, intaglio, relief, monotype, collograph, mixed media, and letterpress printing practices.
The ZACC has the following presses available for use:
- Monarch Letterpress
- 4 color Odyssey 4400 screen printing press
- 5 portable screen printing presses
- Vactor LED Vacuum Exposure Unit w/ digital timer
- 10 mounted screen presses (sets of screen printing clamps)
- Eco Dunk Tank
- Poly Backlit Washout SInk w/backlight system
- Laguna Etching Press Model 2648 26” x 48” in Bedplate
- The Wright Press (electric) 26” x 48” bedplate
- Conrad Press 16” x 32” bedplate
- Ferric Chloride etching baths
Supplies for your use:
Paper baths, clean paper area, spatulas, inking table, felts, Squeegees, brayers, carving tools, rags, oil for cleanup, drying racks, ferric chloride bath, clean towels, emulsion screen coater, photo emulsion and screen cleaner.
Supplies you should bring:
Ink and paper or other substrates to print on.
APPLY TO BE A RESIDENT
The following applications materials will need to be submitted via ZACC's Submittable site:
- Written Residency Project Proposal
- Artist Bio
- Artist Statement
- 3 hi-res/high quality images of your artwork
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RESIDENCY?
Contact Print Shop Director Patricia Thornton via the form below, and she'll get back to you with more information!
MEET OUR CURRENT RESIDENT LELAND BUCK!
We're happy for you to meet our newest resident, Leland Buck!
Leland Buck grew up in southern Colorado where he was first introduced to traditional photography by the photographer Myron Wood. He has continued to work in film through numerous career twists and turns, and in 2015 returned to large format film photography. He has printed his photographs using numerous 19th-century printing techniques including cyanotype, kallitype, platinum/palladium, gum prints, and photogravure. His photos during the COVID-19 pandemic have focused largely on the environment, with a considerable amount of work done in the Clark Fork Watershed. As many photographic processes require toxic chemicals that can damage water systems, Leland has turned to developing his films in Caffenol (a developer he makes with Instant Coffee, Vitamin C and Washing Soda) and printing polymer gravure plates with water-soluble non-toxic inks. Leland holds a B.A. degree from the University of Montana where he studied Russian Languages and Literature and European History. Following college he moved to Los Angeles and worked in the film business, then after returning to Colorado, began a career in technology, publishing and journalism. He came back to Missoula in 2011, and served as the online editor at the Missoulian and Ravioli Republic Newspapers, then as the Digital Director at Mamalode Magazine. Since 2016, he has been self-employed both as a tech consultant and photographer.
There are two seemingly antithetical ideas in my present photographic work which I take pleasure in exploring: one is the common trope about a photograph “capturing a moment” and the other is how the photochemical and mechanical processes that constitute what we call photography themselves span centuries. My work is very much about the balancing of subject and process. I embrace predominantly 19th-century technology as a palette to explore and render 21st-century subjects. As one of the subjects I am interested is the degradation of the environment, I have made a conscious effort to produce work that doesn’t employ toxic chemicals, or excessive amounts of water to produce. This has led me away from many photochemical printing processes to more mechanical and ink-based gravure processes.