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Grand Canyon Artist-in-Residence Programs Announce Their Selections for the 2010 – 2011 Season
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. -- Grand Canyon National Park's North and South Rim Artist-in-Residence (AiR) programs are pleased to announce the artists selected for the October 2010 – September 2011 season.
The AiR 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.
Grand Canyon's AiR program welcomes not only artists who work in the time-honored tradition of representational landscape photography and painting, but also encourages involvement of artists working in new mediums and whose art is in direct advocacy of the Park's environmental, cultural and historical issues and concerns.
While in-residence, the selected South Rim artists have the opportunity to live in the historic upstairs of Verkamp's Visitor Center and Museum Store, perched on the rim to the east of the El Tovar hotel.
The South Rim AiR program is honored to be hosting the following artists for the 2010 - 2011 season:
October 2010 - Siri Beckman from Stonington, Maine; printmaking
November 2010 – collaborative couple Angela Ragusa and William James Woolf from Santu Lussurgiu, Italy; writing/illustration and film/videography
December 2010 – Rachel Wilson from
January 2011 – Pamela Petro from
February 2011 – Rhonda Rider from
March 2011 – Williamson Tapia from
April 2011 – Elizabeth Brown from
Early May 2011 – Shawn Skabelund from
Late May – early June 2011 – Aubrey Atwater from Foster, Rhode Island; folk music/dance
Mid June – early July 2011 – Liz Roth from
Mid to late July 2011 – Iris Cushing from
August 2011 – collaborative couple Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga from
September 2011 – Antony Lyons from
North Rim artists live in a quaint cabin nestled in the serene mixed conifer forest. The cabin, which overlooks
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:
Mark McGinnis from Boise, Idaho; acrylic painting
Ruane Miller from Weehawken, New Jersey; painting: gouache and digital photography
Thea Gavin from Orange, California; writing/poetry
Sharin Smelser from Berkeley, California; quiltwork photography
Tony Amadore from Orlando, Florida; musician-singer/songwriter
In exchange for the adventure of living and working at the Grand Canyon, Artists-in-Residence 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 Program Coordinator/District Interpreter at 928-638-7739.
Did You Know?
Building a structure that provides the widest possible view of the Grand Canyon yet harmonizes with its setting was architect Mary Colter's goal when the Santa Fe Railroad hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area at Desert View Point. The Watchtower opened in May of 1933. More...