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2023 Call for Artists-In-Residence :  Test Site Applications


Test Site includes 24-hour access to a personal art studio space at BDAC. This residency is designed to encourage artists’ experimentation while working towards a solo exhibition in our Annex Gallery. Artists are selected annually by an outside juror.

Test Site’s Emerging Artist Program provides a high-school student with 24-hour access to our studio during the summer.

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Horacio Rodriguez is an artist and educator originally from Houston, Texas. After spending the summers in high school wandering the streets of Houston's Museum district and taking classes at the Glassell School of Art, he dedicated himself to a career in the arts by majoring first in photography before finding his true passion: ceramics and sculpture.


After graduating from the University of Redlands in California, Horacio spent time traveling throughout Latin America and the Caribbean; immersing himself in the culture, language, and food of his ancestors. The following decade was spent teaching art, digital graphics, and ceramics at Chavez High School on the East side of Houston; working primarily with the immigrant communities that had inspired him during his travels.


In 2010, a travel fellowship studying ceramics in Japan changed the trajectory of his life and art. With a renewed passion, he began creating a new body of work fusing digitally manipulated imagery and text with clay.  After graduating with an MFA in Ceramics in 2016, he received the Morales Teaching Fellowship from the University of Utah and moved to Salt Lake City to teach and further expand his studio practice. Horacio says about his work, "My work is about the many borders I have crossed in my life. I carry many of these borders with me in my memories and produce work about these physical and psychological borders. As a product of multiple cultures and identities, my art is used as a vehicle to explore the creation of my personal narrative within the hybrid cultures of the borderlands". Horacio has shown his work extensively both nationally and internationally. To learn more about Horacio and his exhibition history, visit his website.

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Terrel VanLeeuwen lives and works in Sandy, Utah. He is married to Sonya and has three children: Hannah, Fiona ,and Vincent. For the past 10 years Terrel has taught drawing at Utah Valley University. His artwork has been displayed in Museums, Universities, Galleries, and One man shows throughout Utah.


Terrel produces large black and white drawings using Conte Crayon or Charcoal mounted on Maple panels. In the ongoing series of flowers, he is exploring the different stages of life, from the beginning to the to the inevitable end. Trees and monoliths are are occurring themes in his artwork exploring the spark of life. He is interested in the portraits of people that capture the essence of the person. At times the essence of an individual is contained within body language and gestures that become integral to their identity. Terrel is looking forward to the opportunity to do a residency at BDAC and is confident that it will be a rich and fulfilling adventure.


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Junior Artist-in-Residence 


David Ammon Downs is a Utah-based artist from Kaysville. In the fall he will be attending Utah State University as a freshman to continue his studies in art. He began his interest in art through his grandfather, Michael J. Nelson, who was a talented commercial and fine artist. He took lessons from him before he passed and inspired him to create.

Originally he began with just pencil on paper but shortly into his junior year he transitioned into creating forms with masking tape and garbage. He’s had the opportunity to be a part of several art shows including at the Eccles Mansion in Ogden and the BDAC Annual Davis School District Student Exhibition. He’s very interested in the human form and how body gestures and facial expressions show emotion.

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