Artist in Residence Program Kick Off
Contact: Christy Fleming, 307-548-5406
Bighorn Canyon Artist In Residence Program Kick-off
Artists have been capturing the natural world for eons, as a way to share and inspire others to learn more about our natural spaces. Thomas Moran's paintings and William Henry Jackson's photographs of the mysteries of Yellowstone helped to inspire congress to set aside Yellowstone as a National Park. Bighorn Canyon has had many amazing artists and photographers that helped record the history of this equally inspiring landscape. You too could be part of that storied tradition.
Saturday November 9, 2013 is the kick-off weekend for the Artist In Residence program. Artwork by local artists will be displayed at both the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell and at the Afterbay Contact Station in Fort Smith. The Afterbay Contact Station will feature artwork created by students at the Saint Xavier Pretty Eagle School in Crow Studies program. The artwork will be fall themed art of the canyon and surrounding areas. The Afterbay Contact station is open Thursday through Saturday from 9 to 5. Artwork will be on display for several weeks. At the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, artwork by local artists Denney Neville, Glen Hopkinson, Martin Garhart, Ulrike Opitz and Mike Flanagan will be on display through the Veterans Day weekend. The Visitor Center is open every day from 8:30 to 4:20. From 9-12 on Saturday November 9 these local artists will be giving art demonstrations. We invite you to bring your art supplies, attend the demonstrations and enjoy the rest of the day creating art in the park. "We hope the kick-off activities will inspire artists to apply for the Artist In Residence program," said Chief of Interpretation Christy Fleming.
While the Artist In Residence program is new to Bighorn Canyon, it is one of the longest running programs of the National Park Service. Come be part of the storied tradition of artists who have taken on the task of inspiring a nation. You could inspire people to learn more about the varied cultures and landscapes of the Bighorn Region.
Applications for the Bighorn Canyon Artist In Residence program can be found on the park website at www.nps.gov/bica. Applications must be turned in by January 30th 2014. For more information, call Christy Fleming at (307) 548-5406 or email her at Christy_Fleming@nps.gov
Did You Know?
The bighorn sheep disappeared from the area in the 1800s. In the 1970s, Montana and Wyoming state game agencies translocated sheep into nearby areas. Descendants of these sheep moved into the range along Bighorn Canyon and today the estimated population is 150 to 200. More...