Call for Artists – MORPHOS Digital Dome Artist in Residence

MORPHOS Digital Dome Artist-in-Residence 2019

Application Process Now Open
Deadline April 30, 2019

Dates: September 30 – November 5, 2019
Location: Colorado

New for 2019, ALL ACCEPTED ARTISTS and covered by SPONSORSHIP



MORPHOS is a one of a kind digital dome artist-in-residence program that provides workshops and individual support for artists who want to take their work to the immersive level. Our goal is to expose and train artists in full immersion production for a growing need of digital dome (fulldome) art. 2018 welcomes our fifth year of hosting this unique experience. Come join us for MORPHOS Dome artist-in-residence for an experience of a lifetime held September 27 – November 4, 2019 in Colorado.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
All those accepted agree to a Zoom interview.

Don’t have time to be an artist-in-residence, but still want the training? You can participate in the MORPHOS 360 Workshop. See here

MORPHOS digital dome artist-in-residence program is for artists interested in experimenting and exploring 360° immersive digital art through digital dome. Artists will receive hands-on training in techniques for fulldome and Virtual Reality, weekly dome time, individual consultation, production support, group outings, a group closing dinner, and public presentations of their experience at the end of the residency. MORPHOS artists have gone on to present at international dome conferences, festivals, and art shows.

MORPHOS Immersive Interactive Video Dome Art – Denver + Fort Collins COLORADO from BETA emerging technology arts on Vimeo.

Recent advances in technology are rapidly changing the way in which we view digital media. The digital dome offers a unique immersive group experience with it’s half sphere screen, high-resolution digital projections systems, and surround sound. With recent innovations that allow for easy drag and drop playback, live VJing, interactivity, and gaming platforms, the virtually untapped possibilities in the digital dome are endless. Artists will also receive training in Virtual Reality, which is entering the consumer market with high refresh rates that allow for individual full spherical 360° immersive experiences and is a great way to previz dome work.

MORPHOS Dome Artist in Residence 2015 from BETA emerging technology arts on Vimeo.

You will receive:

  • 5 days of 360 Digital Dome and VR Workshops (for full list, see here)
  • 3 hours per week one-on-one consulting with individual dome time to test concepts,
  • Local dome artist group meetings and support
  • Group outings
  • Use of rendering machine and spherical live action capture equipment
  • Two public presentations – Fort Collins’ Digital Dome and Boulder’sFiske Planetarium
  • Online recognition and social media exposure
  • End of the residency dinner celebration
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Chance for your work to be part of the MORPHOS Best of Reel
  • Alumni benefitsEligible to apply to the Society of Art and Technology Dome Artist in residence
    • Highlighted on the DATA website
    • Return following years for support trade dome hours


New for 2019, ALL ACCEPTED ARTISTS and covered by SPONSORSHIP!
Sponsorship includes registration fee and housing (a $3,500 value).
We present artists application packages to sponsors and sponsors choose the artist they would like to represent their brand. This means the number of participants varies each year based on the number of sponsors. In 2018 Artists were sponsored by Alt Ethos and Meow Wolf

Join us on the forefront of this Immersive digital media revolution with this one of a kind fulldome experience. This residency takes place in state of the art facilities with the latest in fulldome technology. The multi-projector system displaying a seamless 4k 360-degree image and surround sound. The MORPHOS support team are industry leaders who specialize in immersive art, 360° VJing, interactive installation design, 360° immersive production tools on a budget, dome installation, and show production.


A Murmuration of Light from thiscountryside on Vimeo.


Boulder located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, exactly where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains. visitors can enjoy the benefits of a community created by residents that embrace a healthy, culturally-enriched lifestyle. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, seeking intellectual stimulation or want a relaxing getaway, Boulder offers a variety of experiences for every type of travel.

Fort Collins, where local artists meet bi-weekly to learn dome production techniques. Fort Collins holds a quarterly Dome Club public art event which highlights international dome work to a growing local audience.  Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is just North of Denver and will serve as our major sponsors and host for the training and one public event. Fort Collins is an active college town with plenty of brewpubs, access to nature, an old town district, botanic gardens, and shopping. The Forts Collins Digital Dome is are leaders in fostering dome art production and events. Fort Collins hosts an incredible array of activities with thriving arts and music culture and outdoor activities. Artists will enjoy the Fort Collins region during the time of their residency.

“Being” at Vortex Immersion Media from Ganesh Rao on Vimeo.


Artists’ work will be created using the latest technology in immersive design. Artists will use the latest in dome server technology with an easy to use high-resolution art server which allows for interactive design (VJing, sensor input, gaming display, etc).

Each artist will bring their own workstation (laptop is fine) and have their own software and equipment for creating their work. Some live action spherical video equipment will be available. Artists will be creating 4k image files and rendering computer will be available for use for certain applications.

Each Artist will need the minimum requirements:
Laptop or computer capable or producing 4k content. Chosen software for creation.



Ethan Bach, Producer

Bach created MORPHOS artist-in-residence program to assist artists in understanding and exploring the medium of immersive digital interactive spaces. Ethan Bach is the CEO of Alt Ethos, Ltd. and founding Executive Director of Denver Arts and Technology Advancement.  


Ben Gondrez, Assistant Producer

Ben is currently the Digital Dome Manager at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. He facilitates bi-monthly DomeLab meetings where local artists can learn fulldome production and experiment in the dome as well as quarterly Dome Club meetings showcasing international and local dome art.

Instructors Bios



Artist: travel and equipment or other art supplies as needed for the proposed project.





We offer artist-in-residence housing. Artists will relax and create while at a local group house rental. 

What Past Artists Had to Say

[T]he residency is certainly unique, incredibly important and super pro active – there’s no sitting around being left to flounder – definitely felt like I was living and not just existing!!!

Dan Arnold (Whales), Denver  2015


My experience as a 2014 artist-in-residence was transformational towards my practice. I was able to look at my work in a way that I have never thought possible.

Torie Zalben (Los Angeles/NYC), MORPHOS artist-in-residence Los Angeles 2014


[The FCMoD Otterbox Digital Dome is] “a beautiful and inspiring space to work in while having the ability to have a live performance.”

Sam Stevens (Colorado), Denver 2016


You guys are great I had an amazing time and will never forget all the things I have learnt, people I have met, relationships built and all the good times. Thank you so much for taking me on that journey!

Liam Somerville (Austrailia), Denver 2016