Founded by Jackson, Wyoming artists Travis Walker, Lisa Walker, and Tristan Greszko. The project emerged as a way to provide affordable studio and exhibition space to artists in one of the nation's most expensive places.
The first space was located at 105 N.Cache (currently Thai Plate) and opened with an exhibition featuring work by Ben Roth, Abbie Miller, Sam Dowd, Jenny Dowd, Travis Walker, Tristan Greszko, Lisa Walker, and Craig Spankie.
After a brief stint in Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary's space in the winter of 2009, we secured our non-profit status and moved to the Center for the Arts in January 2010. Here we hosted a number of workshops and exhibitions in collaboration with the Art Association of Jackson Hole including the work of Chuck Close, Richard Estes, and Alex Katz among others.
In July of 2011, as demand for affordable, private studio space for artists grew, we decided to move to our third major project, Factory Studios. Located in Jackson's industrial area, this facility allowed over 25 artists to create 15 private studios over 6,500 square feet. Over the next 18 months, this space hosted dozens of events including open studios, concerts, fashion shows, and Hot Glass demonstrations.
In August 2011, we hosted our first concert featuring Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson at the Roadhouse Brewing Company.
In March of 2012, we started Big Haus Studios, a space near downtown with 10 private studios for artists. In August, we held a concert featuring musicians Andrew Bird, Sharon Van Etten, and Kelly Hogan on the lawn of the Center for the Arts. We hosted concerts with Blackalicious and Built to Spill in 2013. We hosted performing artist and composer Dan Deacon in 2014.
During these years, we hosted a Visiting Artist In Residence program at a former small engine repair shop at 130 S. Jackson Street. At this 3,200 square foot space we host 52 artists from 27 states and 5 countries while distributing over $50,000 in stipends. We also provide affordable studio space to 25 artists from around the region.
West Weird, our pop up gallery and studio space, is open from April 2019-April 2020, when the global COVID-19 pandemic closes our physical space. In March of 2020, The Creativity Cache is established to help fund regional working artist's projects.