Grand Canyon Artist-in-Residence Programs Announce Their Selections for the 2009 - 2010 Season
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park’s North and South Rim Artist-in-Residence programs are pleased to announce the artists selected for the October 2009 – September 2010 season.
The park’s Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to spend three weeks on either the North or South Rim of the Grand Canyon in housing provided by the National Park Service. Those three weeks are an opportunity for artists to enjoy quality uninterrupted time, pursuing their art while creating works that generate understanding and dialogue about the need to preserve the Grand Canyon.
This year, Grand Canyon’s Artist-in-Residence program has been expanded to include not only artists who work in the time-honored tradition of representational landscape photography and painting, but to encourage the involvement of artists working in new mediums and of those whose art is in direct advocacy of the park’s environmental, cultural and historical issues and concerns. In addition, the South Rim program has grown from a three-month to a year-round program.
Artists for both rims were chosen by a panel of five, including professional artists and park staff.
The artists selected for the 2009 – 2010 season on the South Rim are:
While the specific dates for the North Rim Artists-in-Residence will be set closer to the seasonal opening of the North Rim in 2010, the artists have already been selected. They are:
In exchange for the adventure of living and working at the Grand Canyon, each of these artists will be expected to provide three public outreach programs, presentations or performances of their choosing. In addition to these free programs, each artist will also donate to the park one work that was inspired by his or her residency here. The programs and the works produced by the artists are intended to inspire park visitors to become active participants in preservation and environmental and cultural advocacy.
To learn more about Grand Canyon National Park’s Artist-in-Residence programs, please visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/grca/supportyourpark/air.htm. You may also call Rene Westbrook, South Rim Artist-in-Residence Program Coordinator at 928-638-7090, or Robin Tellis, North Rim District Interpreter at 928-638-7739.