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Grand Canyon Artist-in-Residence Programs Announce Their Selections for the 2010 – 2011 Season

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Date: September 21, 2010
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 Flagstaff, Arizona; fabric installation and printmaking

January 2011 – Pamela Petro from Northampton, Massachusetts; creative non-fiction writing/photography/environmental installation

February 2011 – Rhonda Rider from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; performance/cello

March 2011 – Williamson Tapia from Sedona, Arizona; plein air painting

April 2011 – Elizabeth Brown from Brooklyn, New York; composer/performance/flute

Early May 2011 – Shawn Skabelund from Flagstaff, Arizona; site-specific, place-based installation

Late May – early June 2011 – Aubrey Atwater from Foster, Rhode Island; folk music/dance

Mid June – early July 2011 – Liz Roth from Stillwater, Oklahoma; painting/installation

Mid to late July 2011 – Iris Cushing from Brooklyn, New York; poetry

August 2011 – collaborative couple Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga from Albuquerque, New Mexico; sound and science-based visual media/installation art

September 2011 – Antony Lyons from Bristol, England; sculpture and video/sound work and installation

North Rim artists live in a quaint cabin nestled in the serene mixed conifer forest. The cabin, which overlooks Transept Canyon, is an original cabin built in 1928 and is near the Transept Trail leading to the lodge.

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.

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Did You Know?

THEODORE ROOSEVELT AT THE GRAND CANYON

President Theodore Roosevelt said of Grand Canyon, "Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see."