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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 please expect that you will not have 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. Please contact René for more information, if you are in need of an accessible residence and she will advise you on availability.
Basic kitchen gear is provided including pots and pans, utensils, microwave, coffee maker, crock pot, and tableware. Bed linens, towels and pillows will be provided. As of the time of this posting, no oven is available but there is a four-burner stove and counter-top toaster oven.
Artists are expected to provide their own materials for their studio and provide their own food. Your work should require no technical support equipment as there are limited resources in our little community. WIFI is available in the residence space. Please bring your cell phone. Artists should come prepared with everything that they will need in studio. If you are a selected artist, you will get comprehensive information on what is available in the community before your arrival so that you can plan accordingly.
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. If you work in a medium that is not easily transported, please consider proposing a project that is in development or smaller scale suitable to the facilities. If you are interested in any category of art not listed here, please contact René or Robin to discuss whether your project is a good fit for the residency program.
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.
René will facilitate the residencies, help coordinate your programming and be available to the artists as support staff as needed.
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