South Rim Accommodations and Studio
South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
Verkamp's is a historical building perched on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. In 1906, John Verkamp opened a store in this building, while housing his family in the second floor quarters. Sales items focused on regional Native American arts and crafts. Verkamp's was run by multiple generations of the Verkamp family until 2008.
Today Verkamp's hosts a downstairs National Park Service Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Association bookstore that features a history of the Grand Canyon community exhibit. The upstairs apartment has become the housing for the year-round Artist-in-Residence program, offering not only unique views of the Canyon from its private balcony, but also an unparallel work space sure to inspire visiting artists.
The apartment has a large sunny living room, full kitchen and bath, one large bedroom and one small bedroom, and a 15′ X 15′ studio/work space overlooking the canyon. Because the space is above a visitor center/museum store, the artist is expected to be flexible and accommodating regarding noise level during visitor center hours. There is very little insulation between the floors in this historic building, so artists should understand that it may not be quiet in the early morning hours.
Since the second floor is reached by stairs, the apartment is not accessible. Optional accommodations may be available during the winter months to selected artists with special needs; the alternative accommodations will be in the Grand Canyon community and will be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Artists are expected to provide their own materials for their studio and provide their own food. Artist's work should require no technical support equipment as there are limited resources in our little community. Limited cell phone coverage and WIFI are available in the residence space. Artists must come prepared with everything that they will need in studio.
Please know that the studio/work space provided for the incoming artists will have a minimum of support furniture. No kiln, casting, printing press, power tools, film or photography equipment or other specialty items are available. Artists that work in a medium that is not easily transported, should consider proposing a project that is in development or smaller scale suitable to the facilities.
No vehicle will be available, but there are free shuttle buses running from the early morning into the evening throughout the community. Additionally, the program has a mountain bike and helmet/lock for the artist's use.
Did You Know?
There are different river trip opportunities through Grand Canyon National Park, including professionally guided raft trips, available to the public and often reserved a year or two in advance; and self-guided, or "private" river trips, made available to the public through a weighted lottery. More...