Artist in Residence Program



The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles' Artist in Residence program began in October 2016 with a incredible response from the local community, Museum Members, and Visitors.  We host an artist or collaborative group every three months. Artists have an onsite open studio during their three month residency in our newly renovated Maker Space. Our AIR program also provides exhibition space for each artist in our Maker Space Gallery. Bay Area, fiber artists are welcome to submit an application for the AIR program. For more information, please email 




cristina Velazquez

January through March 2017

Cristina Velazquez spent her early years as a child in the State of Michoacan, Mexico. Her work addresses various ecological and feminists concerns. Velazquez provides the viewer with her own personal critique on religion, gender roles and cultural traditions. She explores these subjects through a variety of discarded and undervalued materials. Velazquez received her BFA from San Jose State University. She is currently completing her MFA at The San Francisco Art Institute.

 Cristina will be hosting open studio hours January 7, 2017 through March 26, 2017.  

Open Studio Times: Wednesdays 11am to 3:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 2:30pm, unless otherwise specified. 

New works are now present as of First Friday Walk, March 3rd.   

"Moving Parts of Immobility, art installation comprises of soft and hard transplanted material fragments. The amalgamation of re-purposed objects recreate inner body cells, visuals that remind us of our own human anatomy."
-Cristina Velazquez


Laurie Shapiro

April through June 2017

Laurie Shapiro is a mixed media artist. She is a former native New Yorker who now calls the Bay Area home. Her work employs various methods such as screen printing and sewing on large pieces of muslin. Her work is visceral and intuitive. She reflects upon the physical and psychological. Shapiro holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Laurie's Open Studios will run April 7, 2017 to Sunday, June 25, 2017.  They will be every Thursday & Friday 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

"Many of my paintings are large in scale, and my style is a hybrid of neo-pop and expressionism." 
- Laurie Shapiro



Shannon Schmidt

July through September 2017

Shannon Schmidt is an Interdisciplinary artist. She received her MFA in Material Studies and Writing from the School of the Art Institute and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Schmidt is also a teaching artist through the UC Berkeley Extension program. She taught courses such as Soft Sculpture and The Found Object: An Exploration of Appropriation and Contemporary Art.

"Using abstraction and fragmentation, I construct imagery and forms that investigate sensory experiences, connecting the physical with the psychological. The pieces that I produce reach toward an unorthodox object beauty that is bound by ritual, time, history, labor and imperfection" 
- Shannon Schmidt






collaborative duo

KC Rosenberg & Modesto Covarrubias

October through December 2017

RoCoCo is comprised of two interdisciplinary artists, Modesto Covarrubias and KC Rosenberg. Their collaboration began as a response to a conversation about creativity and culture in the Bay Area. Today many of their works begin with a dialogue as the framework. Some of their works have addressed such topics as gentrification, intention and forgiveness.

Modesto Covarrubias received his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College and BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied architecture at the University of California Berkeley. Covarrubias currently teaches at the California College of the Arts.

KC Rosenbergis a long time native of Northern California with family roots connected the Human Potential Movement. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the College of the Arts & Craftsand a MFA in studio Arts from the University of California, Davis. Rosenberg is also teaching artist at the California College of the Arts.

"Our collaboration began with a conversation about creativity and culture in the Bay Area, and has evolved into a continuous dialogue in which ideas and concerns are expressed through sculptural installations and mixed media experiences that often include video, performance, drawing, and audience participation. RoCoCo is short for Rosenberg Covarrubias Collaborations (or conspirators, conversations, corporation, coalition, commentators, co-editors, collective, get the idea.)"