Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence Program stimulates cultural vibrancy in the parks of Downtown Redmond and challenges residents to become an active participant in civic life and cultural advocacy.

Site-specific performance or visual installations and workshops are offered to Redmond residents and visitors, with an emphasis on families and students, primarily between May through August.

Current Artist-in-Residence: Maja Petrić

Maja Petric inside her Installation

Maja Petric is an artist working with cutting-edge technology to create transformative spatial experiences . She grew up in Croatia during the violent fragmentation of Yugoslavia. It is then that she became preoccupied with using art to elevate a sense of the surroundings. She received a Ph.D. from University of Washington and a Master from New York University on the topic of transforming the poetic experience of space through the experimental use of technology. Training at these pioneering institutions gave her an opportunity to explore various artistic methods to manipulate people’s senses through which they experience space cognitively and emotionally. 

During her studies, Maja discovered that lighting is one of the most potent tools to shape people’s experience. Since the year 2000, she has been researching, practicing, and teaching complementary potential of light and art to create the transformative human experience. On this subject, she had developed a theoretical body of knowledge that is embodied in her art practice that she teaches at University of Washington, Complutense University of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid, and European Institute of Design. Most recently she has been appointed a Director of the Master program on Innovation Through Creative Light at the European Institute of Design. Her research on the creative use of light is being prepared for publishing in a book - History of Light in Art.

Maja's artwork has been exhibited at Microsoft Research Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Hong Kong Landmark, Gallery 4Culture, Matadero Madrid, Medialab Prado,  Winter Lights in London, etc. Some of the awards she received include Microsoft Research Residency Award, Richard Kelly Light Art Award, two Thunen Lighting Awards, and Doctoral Fellowship from Croatian Science Foundation. Her artwork has been nominated forArts Innovator Award, FastCo. Innovation by Design Awards,  International Light Art Award by the Centre for International Light Art Unna. More information can be found at


Maja Petric_Installation1Work in Redmond

December 2, 2017 | 4 PM - 8 PM
"I Saw My Birth, Love, and Death in the Sky"

For this site-specific light art installation in the Heron Rookery during Redmond Lights, visitors will be guided into a clearing Redmond’s urban forest where they can look up at the sky and be immersed in the constellation of projected stars. The number of stars equals the population size in the US. Whenever a baby is born somewhere in the US, a star appears in the sky. Whenever a person dies, a star disappears in an audiovisual depiction of a supernova explosion. More information about Redmond Lights can be found here.

September 15, 2018, 8:30pm - 9:45pm: Installation at the Downtown Park Grand Opening

On Display Through September 30, 2018: Exhibition of Maja Petric’s past work at the new Community Center

Past Artists-in-Residences