Artist in Residence Program

Coming Soon: Alice Coles, 40 West Arts' 2016 Artist in Residence!

Meet Miranda Samon, 2015 Artist in Residence

As a graphic design major at RMCAD, I began interning with 40 West and am now working part time at the gallery as a graphic designer. In addition to digital design, I constantly ache to work with my hands. I have a love affair (maybe even obsession) with hand-made type, furniture design, collage, and mixed media. I got my ambition from a single mother who raised four kids in a foreign country, and my own wanderlust takes me places where much of my abstract and conceptual inspiration is born.

I just returned from three months of living in Spain, solo traveling all around the country, improving my spanish, visiting Portugal, Sweden, and Morocco. Less than two weeks after returning to the US, I had already booked a flight to Egypt. I find it to be very important that artists seek inspiration outside of the arts — for me, that would be traveling around the world or getting lost somewhere in beautiful Colorado. In addition to becoming an impactful designer, I want to see the world and experience cultures that are not my own.

Artist Statement
At about age six I started re-designing my handwriting. Growing up, the arts have always been a consistent and prominent part of my life. With a love for people and culture, I aim to use my artwork as a vehicle for positive social impact, and that is a main contributing factor in my choice to pursue a degree in graphic design. Graphic design is the most widespread form of art. Design shapes our lives and it’s impossible not be impacted by it every day. At the core, I aim to approach every art opportunity with the intent to positively impact the world and those inhabiting it. By creating work that speaks for itself, I am able to demonstrate the power of art and design. For example, in 2014 I made a giant pacifier out of used cigarettes to strikingly portray a personal belief I have against sharing second hand smoke in our communities. I design for social change — to highlight the best and not ignore the worst. 

2015 Studio Hours & Programs
Open Studio Hours:

Join Miranda in her studio every last Friday of the month to see what she's working on, chat about art interests, or just visit and be inspired. Open every last Friday from 10 - 11am (subject to change, please view the confirmed dates below.)

January 29th
February 26th
March 25th
April 22nd​

Upcoming FREE Creative Programs:

3D Colfax Lettering Collaboration
Collaborate with the Resident Artist by participating in a large scale typography project that pays tribute to the grit, glitter, and glamour of historic West Colfax at this fun and interactive workshop for all ages. Participants will help glue objects into the outline of the word and the final product will be showcased at 40 West Arts Characters of Colfax art exhibition! 

Wednesday, February 10th, from 5:00 - 7:00pm
Location: LSC community room 6150 W. 13th Ave.

Plantable Paper Making
Join us in preparing for Spring by making your own paper embedded with flower seeds! Learn the basics of paper making and walk away with your own creation that you can then use as a canvas for creativity or plant to grow into something beautiful! This workshop is free and open to the public!

Saturday, March 12th, from 1 - 3pm
Location: 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St. Lakewood

Please email Miranda at to RSVP for an event or if you have any questions.

Interested in Volunteering? Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Contact Miranda to learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities -

Artist In Residence Program Background Information
40 West Arts, in collaboration with Metro West Housing Solutions, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District, West Colfax Community Association, and RMCAD, has created an Artist in Residence program, launched in January 2014. The Artist in Residence program at Lamar Station Crossing in the heart of 40 West Arts District is intended to serve as a powerful and catalytic initiative that will bring energy to the area, provide a differentiator for the organizations involved, and demonstrates to the community the ability for multiple organizations and agencies to collaborate on a common mission: to energize the corridor.

“Imagine: A new destination along light rail – an energetic, colorful studio, in a beautiful, new residential community that allows rail passengers and passers-by the opportunity to view an inspirational ‘working gallery’ – or – to attend classes, lectures, and art demonstrations that infuse creativity and inspiration into the community,” envisioned Bill Marino, executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax BID and chairman of 40 West Arts.

This project will support the revitalization of the West Colfax corridor, showcase the Metro West Housing Solutions project and its commitment to the community through collaboration, create a new and inspirational destination in the 40 West Arts District, and serve the community through art teaching and demonstration.

For more information about the Artist in Residence program, call (303) 275-3430 or email

Sample Work by Miranda