Sustain by Agnes Bourne: 2020 Creative in Residence

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Center for the Arts launches Creative in Residence 2020: Sustain

Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce our Creative in Residence, Agnes Bourne. Sustain will present a series of programs and exhibits at The Center throughout 2020. Agnes brings deep passion and enthusiasm to her role as curator, exploring ideas that she holds close to her heart including sustainability and sense of place in the role of art and design. A designer by trade, Agnes embodies the idea that art and design can promote the health of the planet and that design is a means to create an inspired community. Her Creative in Residence brings a sense of optimism and gratitude and a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, art, sustainability and design. As a life-long champion for the arts locally and nationally, Agnes celebrates The Center as our community’s arts commons, a place where everyone is welcome and invited to participate.

Sustain highlights:


Opening Celebration featuring outdoor sculptures made by:

Bland Hoke: Ripple - Fence along North parking lot

Ben Roth: Earthrise - The Center Courtyard

Sam Dowd: Glimpse - The Center Sculpture Pad

September 11

4:30-5:30 pm outdoor viewing

6-7 pm Livestream artist talk (View HERE)


Anything’s Possible (Click HERE for more info)

September 20 during the Fall Arts Festival Sunday Art Brunch Walk

Over twenty artists participating

Exhibit opening in the Art Association Gallery and Glenwood Lobby

11 am - 3 pm

A celebration of unlimited possibilities in the past, present and future of Jackson Hole. Showcasing designers, painters, sculptures and furniture makers represented and/or working in Jackson.


The MOMENTS commonplace book designed and published by Agnes will launch in October. MOMENTS is a book that contains words, images and blank pages intended to help us take time to refresh and reflect at any given moment. Commonplace books have a long history going back at least as far as the Renaissance. Traditionally, they have been filled with recipes, quotes, letters, poems, ideas, proverbs, prayers and sketches. These will be distributed widely with an opportunity to share and exchange our own moments with others.


A solo exhibit by artist titled "No Words" by Connor Liljestrom, a contemporary western oil painter engaging with issues within the contemporary western landscape, will debut October 9 - November 16 in The Center Theater Gallery. (Click HERE for more info)


Sustain will continue with creative happenings that celebrate humanity, optimism and imagination on The Center campus for 2020. Programs will take place in-person, outside and in the virtual realm for all to enjoy based on current social distancing guidelines. Stay tuned for details!

About the Artists:

About Sam Dowd:

Sam Dowd was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He holds a BFA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and earned his MFA in ceramics from Kansas State University. Sam was introduced to art at an early age and by the seventh grade was enamored by the responsive qualities of clay and has pursued ceramics to present day. He moved to Jackson in 2007 to manage the ceramics department of the Art Association. Here, he continues to teach, make quirky pots and also co-runs a small handmade pottery business with his wife Jenny in Alpine. During his free time, Sam enjoys whitewater kayaking, paddle boarding and watching “B” movies with Jenny and their cat Merlin.

About Bland Hoke:

Contrary to what his name suggests, Bland Hoke is an exciting young designer on a global mission to inspire. Combining a unique background in public art with a love of the outdoors and cutting edge urban design, Bland collaborates with other creatives and stakeholders to bring forth fresh solutions and unexpected possibilities. Bland is the principal at Bland Design LLC and former Staff Artist at Jackson Hole Public Art. His process is a direct response to places and people, marked by a true understanding of contemporary design and a signature resourcefulness, courtesy of his Western roots.

About Ben Roth:

I have been a student, traveler, adventurer, restaurateur, and artist. In art I found my path. I enjoy the exploration process of my ideas and their eventual prototyping and creation from raw materials and found objects. I discovered my medium while building restaurants. Although I studied some art in college, it wasn’t until I began to design and build with metal that I realized where I wished to focus my energy. The past few years, during which I have lived and worked as an artist, have proved to be a satisfying and continuing education. I’ve learned that clay, plaster, glass, wood, fiberglass, iron, steel, and bronze all work beautifully to give life to my ideas. I am now sculpting, building furniture, making wall-hung art and teaching young people art design and construction here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

About Agnes Bourne:

Agnes Bourne is a nationally recognized lecturer and design juror, her designs are widely published in books and nationally distributed periodicals. She has been awarded medals of distinction from A.S.I.D., The Smithsonian Institution, Cine Arts, and N.A.S.F.T. and has served as a trustee for many boards and councils supporting Art and Design. Some of these institutions are Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and San Francisco Art Institute as well as the Center for the Arts and the Art Association in her hometown of Jackson, Wyoming.

About Connor Liljestrom

Connor Liljestrom graduated with a BA in fine art from the University of Wyoming in 2019, where he gained recognition through scholarship award, portfolio review, and residency selection. Since, his works have sold out at solo exhibitions and been collected privately both nationally and internationally. His stand-out emergent success has supported the establishment of an exclusive partnership with New West Fine Art. His solo exhibitions with New West Fine Art include ‘The Last Of The Old West’ (2020). His work references mythologies, Hollywood and pop culture, natural history, colonialism, and the canon of Western-centric art history. Liljestrom layers these references such that a platform for the viewer is created to either enter conversation centered around these subjects, or be introduced to them for the first time altogether. He works primarily in oil and mixed oil media. He lives and works in Jackson, Wyoming.

About Creatives in Residence:

In 2017, The Center announced the creation of the Creative in Residence. This residency opportunity provides support and space for guest artists and curators to work at The Center along with the artistic community. Selection for the Creative in Residence is by invitation from The Center's Creative Initiatives Committee consisting of community members, Center staff and Board.

2019: All That’s Left Behind

All That’s Left Behind brought together three contemporary artists from New York, Canada and Los Angeles to create diverse immersive art installations on campus. Featuring Shrine, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Mia Dungeon and a performance by Rising Appalachia. Curated by local producer Jeff Stein.

2018: The Pavilion

The Center awarded the 2018 Creative in Residence to Jackson Hole Public Art who conceived of and produced The Pavilion Project designed by Carney Logan Burke Architects and built by multiple local builders

2017: Observatories

Curated collaboratively by Matthew Day Jackson, Camille Obering and Andy Kincaid, Observatories included sculpture, video and performance art activating The Center Park throughout the summer of the total solar eclipse.