The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is seeking local artists for the inaugural Artist-in-Residence program at CATALYST Arts & Maker Space in the Tucson Mall. The program provides flexible space for artists to create or demonstrate in an open studio environment with opportunities to engage the community through collaboration, workshops, and artist talks. The Artist-in-Residence will also serve as Catalyst ambassador, educating the public about SAACA and CATALYST Arts & Maker Space.
Criteria and Application Process
The Artist-in-Residence program is open for application on a rolling basis. The applications will be reviewed at the end of month and will be evaluated based on the quality of work presented, community engagement approach, and career objectives. Every applicant will receive a response no later than 2 months after initial application.
Length of residency
This Catalyst AIR program is a flexible 1 – 2 month residency.
I grew up in Mexico City with Mafalda comic books, drawing faces and playing with cats. I came to the U.S. in 1989 and began my college life in Austin in 1994, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from UT Austin. After completing a work-abroad program in Paris, France, I moved to San Francisco where I explored administration and fundraising at the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. I studied animation, graphics, web design, and pursued professional dancing including salsa and Brazilian samba at the Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts. In 2002, I moved to Sedona, AZ, where I explored photography and hiking, as well as native American cultures. I studied graphics and web design at the Sedona Center for Arts and Technology, and collaborated with Canyon Moon Theatre as an Artistic Assistant. I moved to Tucson and completed two semesters of graduate work in digital media at the University of Arizona and worked as a Photography and Drawing Instructor at Miraval Life in Balance Resort. I exhibited in a photography women’s show at Raíces Taller and participated with samba ensemble Batucaxé as a dancer during events such as Tucson Meet Yourself and the Grand Opening of the Rialto Theatre.
I also participated in three Odyssey Storytelling events in Tucson which was a lot of fun. In the summer of 2006, I opened Rinconart Studio and Gallery in Tubac, AZ which experienced moderate success. Besides featuring artwork, I was commissioned for various decorative design projects, including murals and faux finishes in Arizona homes. I was also commissioned by the Verizon Yellow Book to complete a cover art piece for the 2009 yearbook. The painting “Tucson Glowing”was printed on over 500,000 copies. I returned to California and exhibited at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, for their show It’s the Journey, not the Destination. I also worked on translation projects in the educational technology field. In January of 2013, Rinconart Studio and Gallery reopened in Placerville, California, featuring over 25 local and regional artists. Our gallery won the KCRA A List nomination for best art gallery in Placerville! I also enrolled in a master’s degree program in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay. Managing both was not possible so I closed the gallery at the end of 2014.After graduating, my art interests continued in combination with education and technology.
During 2015 and 2016, I worked with the Institute for Humane Education translating the content of their graduate and certificate programs into Spanish, a very inspiring project. Other recent projects include volunteering as an interim Art Director at the Triad Theater during the winter of 2017.
Currently, I am creating new art, promoting my online art store, working in my field, and enjoying my time with my human and pet family.
Cartoonist / Entertainer
Frank Powers is a silly man who is obsessed with helping families in the Tucson community. He is more animated than the cartoons he creates and Frank’s mission is to teach kids to utilize their creativity and embrace their individuality. Powers restored a 1969 VW Bus and created The Comic Bookmobile to travel to schools and events all over Tucson spreading his belief that pure honesty, hard work, and a Positive Mental Attitude lead to a better state of mental health in kids and kids of all ages (Adults!). When he isn’t wearing a cape, Powers is a wild-mannered reporter for KOLD NEWS 13’s Tucson Now segments. This, in addition to being the radio host of Lifestyle Tucson- the program where he speaks to the people behind Tucson’s 501c3 non profit organizations. Powers closes every Lifestyle Tucson episode by saying “Toot Toot Tucson, I love you the most.” and ya know, when ya add all this up, it just might be true. #TootTootTucson
Christopher Scott is a seasoned film industry professional with nearly two decades of experience across various roles in Southern Arizona. He is passionate about telling and experiencing character-driven stories that capture the human spirit. Chris made his directorial debut with the award-winning film "Eddie Mummy: A Love Story," and since then, he has continued to leave his mark on the industry with his unique creative vision. As a writer, director, and producer of multiple short films, features, and a scripted podcast, Chris is known for his ability to craft engaging and thought-provoking narratives. Currently, he is working on the highly anticipated third season of the hit scripted podcast Tucson Heat, which promises to be an action-packed and thrilling ride. Chris is committed to giving back to his hometown by shining a spotlight on the often-overlooked aspects of the Tucson scene, all while championing diversity and inclusion in his storytelling.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Ingrid discovered her love of art early in childhood. Exploring the desert, she was drawn to the intricacies and patterns of life. An exploration which inspired her to replicate those observations with drawing and painting.
Today, her artwork is still deeply inspired by nature, but has also grown into an expression of the human experience with sentimental surrealism. Her studies in Biology and Art History come together to connect our place with nature, history and emotion, finding meaning through art. She hopes to provide a window to perceive life through a creative and curious perspective.
Chaos Theatre develops site specific, interactive theatrical experiences for communities who might not otherwise have access to this dynamic, imaginative, communal art form. We want anybody and everybody to be able to experience theatre, either as a maker or an observer.
For the SAACA Catalyst Residency, our aim is to spark imaginative performative moments around the idea of LOVE in a place where love is sold on store shelves, especially during the month of February.
"My inspiration in creating art is not only to document my evolution as an artist but more importantly to attempt to make all aspects of life a work of art; to feel and activate our divine gift for creating and expanding beauty in an often times harsh and crude world. Not strictly in the virtual arts, but in all concepts and ideas." - Malcolm Nicoll