About & Mission

The “International Yurt Art Residency program” (IYARP) is founded by Mongolian American artist Eriko Tsogo. IYARP is a collaborative program with the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado in partnership with Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) open to US and international artists.

IYARP is designed to nurture artists and the creative process. The residency seeks to offer two artists a one-month fully funded residency experience set in rural Colorado and the Mongolian countryside. IYARP is open to all 2D, 3D, digital, cross-disciplinary, experimental, film, video and literary disciplines.

Selected artists will get a chance to travel to Colorado and experience the experiential dwelling of both an open land and a closed art studio inside the traditional Mongolian yurt to pursue their creative practice in the rural Colorado mountains and Mongolian steppes. IYARP utilizes the physical container of a Mongolian yurt and the rural environmental setting of natural land and open-air space as root inspiration for spatial visualization of the relations between man, nature, and culture.

A key component of IYARP residency is community engagement and the artist’s ability and openness to share their creative process with the community. Artist are asked to do one artist talk and conduct an open studio during their residency period with the community. Artists are encouraged to submit residency proposals around issues related to climate change, sustainable housing, public education, cultural exchange, policy driven research, relation to the built and natural world, and the transitioning relationship of the city to exurban peripheries. At the end of residency, artists will have an opportunity to have an exhibition at TBA venue in Denver.

IYARP aims to disrupt the status quo in order to create communal meaning and cultural integrity among indigenous and migrant cultural groups. Through the gifts of focused time, space, inspiration and resources – IYARP mission is to help bridge artistic and cross-cultural artist exchange, encourage artistic and cultural enrichment through inclusivity while promoting academic discourse, advocacy, social justice and creative capital on art, culture, social policy, and environmental sustainability issues on a cross-cultural diaspora.

The International Yurt Art Residency Program rejects bigotry of any sort, and promotes inclusive dialogue regarding social, political, cultural and economic issues affecting not only artists but all people. IYARP values the contributions of all artists, reflecting the true diversity of the contemporary art field and encourages proposals that highlight women, artists of color, and under-represented practitioners.

Post Covid Program Alteration

The International Yurt Art Residency Program will resume for the 2022–2023 season. Due to international travel restrictions in Mongolia, IYARP will stay regional in Colorado for the 2022–2023 season. Two local Colorado artist will be awarded fully funded one-month rural residency experience at the Shambhala Mountain Center located in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.

Traditionally every year IYARP offers 2 artists (one from Colorado, one from Mongolia), a one-month fully subsidized cross-cultural residency exchange experience set inside yurt art studio dwelling. Residencies are awarded twice a year. IYARP is open to all 2D, 3D, digital, cross-disciplinary, experimental, film, video and literary disciplines.

2022 – 2023 Residency Theme

Every year IYARP announces a social justice theme. Applicants are invited to implement creative solutions to the theme in attune to their practice. Artists are selected based on the merit and strength of their proposals in relation to the residency theme.

For the 2022 – 2023 season the residency theme is: “Sustainability & Innovation in a Post-Covid World”.

How do you envision a more socially, culturally and politically innovative and sustainable model in the post-covid world?

Jury/Selection Process

IYARP is open to all 2D, 3D, digital, cross-disciplinary, experimental, film, video and literary disciplines. IYARP open call for 2022 Spring/Fall term will go live on call for entry and various other artist open call websites. The final artist selection process is juried and highly competitive.

In 2022-2023 season, the IYARP jury team will consists of Colorado based panel of curators, arts administrators, donors and artists based on top-scoring applications in accordance with our criteria. The panel will consider a diversity of lived experiences. The jury committee will review all applications submitted to the program. Selection criteria is based on the merit of the artist’s portfolio and the residency proposal. The IYARP staff will review all applications for completeness, but the jury committee will ultimately evaluate the applications and identify the finalists. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance into IYARP.

Mid Residency Review: Artists will share their work-in-progress with the IYARP staff during a mid residency review. Reviews are helpful opportunities to discuss progress or issues with completing projects.

IYARP 2022-2023 call will go live in January 2022. Please check back for details, thank you.

IYARP Partnering Organizations