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Library Welcomes “Maker-in-Residence,” Local Artist Julie Benoit
During her residency, Benoit will create a community quilt that incorporates audio
The makerspace area at the Longmont Library is about to get a whole lot busier! On September 1, the Library welcomes its first ever Maker-in-Residence, artist Julie Benoit. Benoit has been selected to receive a small stipend and craft space in exchange for engaging the community in an art project and providing studio hours for interaction with library patrons. She is the first in the Library’s new “Maker-in-Residence” program, which aims to feature working STEAM artists, craftsmen, and engineers within the Library.
While Maker-in-Residence, Benoit will be creating a quilt and asking the community to help her with the actual quilting of it. She will be hosting studio hours at the Library's makerspace, during which people can participate in the project, and she'll set up at various locations around town, too. Benoit will be using the quilting activity to generate conversations with the participants around ideas of home and community. She will record some of those conversations and build speakers into the finished quilt that will replay audio snippets of the conversations. The hand-sewing will act as a visual document of the conversations. Having recently moved to Longmont from Baltimore, her home and community of 40 years, Benoit sees this project as a tangible start of her roots here in Longmont.
Benoit was born in Gambrills, Maryland in 1975 and currently resides in Longmont. She received her Masters in Fine Art (MFA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009, and her work is comprised of video, sound, fibers, and some drawing. Benoit spends her time wandering about and paying attention to all of the tiny things that are typically overlooked. Through this wandering, she has developed an interest in the small, unnoticed moments that surround us. Benoit’s work has been shown in galleries in Baltimore, Washington, DC, New York, Portland, Los Angeles, and other cities. She also writes an occasional art review for local blogs and has in the past written for local magazines.
Learn more about the Maker-in-Residence program and see examples of Julie Benoit's art on the Library's Maker-in-Residence webpage.