North Carolina visual artist, Les Caison III invited to participate in Colorado Artist-In-Residence Program at Adams State University.
Award winning North Carolina visual artist, Les Caison III recently earned an invitation to engage in visual art practice as an Artist-In-Residence at Colorado’s Adams State University (ASU). “ASU Rare AIR (artist-in-residence)” is the name for the Alamosa based university’s inaugural professional artist visitation program. The university received proposals from professionals working in multiple creative disciplines from across the United States. Les is awarded a month long use of an ASU Art Department studio and housing during fall 2018.
“For a first year program, I feel Rare AIR offers a sizable opportunity for self-directed artists to focus on individual creative practice while also being invited to engage with the academic community. A residency of this nature is valuable to smaller universities like Adams State by offering their students educational opportunities to observe working artists from different backgrounds. This residency is important to professional artists for it provides them uninhibited room to explore and grow their practice in a supportive, new environment,” says Les.
His winning residency proposal includes a focus on fundamental figure drawing from life. During his residency he also aims to interact with the academic community by visiting studio classes, interacting with other campus artists in residence, and potentially having a featured exhibition in the campus’ Hatfield Gallery.
To see more of Les’ artwork visit his website: www.LesIII.com
Visual artist Les Caison III is a Greensboro, North Carolina native. His regional art exhibitions are included among venues such as Boone’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts; the Hickory Museum of Art; Winston-Salem’s Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; and Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum.
He is collected internationally and exhibits in other states including Virginia’s 2016 “Cherry Bounce Invitational” at the William King Museum of Art, and California’s 2017 “Sweet N Low” Juried Exhibition at the Bedford Gallery. Les contributes to community-based projects such as the Guilford County Schools’ “Artist-In-Schools” fourth grade visitation program; multiple not-for-profit art fundraisers; and serving as curator and/or juror for other exhibitions.
From 2015-2017 he developed and facilitated the inaugural Art Wall Project at Asheboro’s Four Saints Brewing Company. Les is currently creating agricultural illustrations with black walnut ink for Staley’s Heartstrong Farm as part of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (R.A.F.I.) 2018 Reinvestment Grant. He is also Randolph County’s 2018 Regional Artist Grant recipient. Les graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.F.A. Studio Art. He lives in Asheboro and enjoys making biscuits from scratch when he finds a day off.