Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Program

Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the 2015 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program. This program offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. The park provides a historic, rustic residence to selected participants for five, two-week periods:

  • April 27 through May 10
  • May 11 through May 24
  • August 31 through September 13
  • September 14 through September 27
  • September 28 through October 11 (preference to local artists)

All participants will be required to attend a short orientation session before being allowed to enter backcountry areas. Also, participants will be required to be a National Park Service "Volunteer-In-Park" (VIP) during their residency. No stipend is provided. Participants in the Artist-In-Residence program will find the cabin fully furnished including linens and kitchenware. In return, participating artists are asked to donate to the park a professional digital image of an original piece of work from, and representative of, their residency in Mesa Verde National Park. Should exhibit/storage space become available, original artwork will be requested.

Entries for the 2015 program are accepted from November 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Notifications of finalists will be made by January 31, 2015. For additional details on program and information on how to apply, download the brochure.

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Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Brochure (pdf, 350 kb)

For further information about this exciting program, please contact Jan Wright, AIR Coordinator, at:

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The 2015 Mesa Verde National Park Artists in Residence have been selected.

April 27 to May 10
 Jerry Fleury, photographer,

May 11 to May 24
 David Arkenstone, musician/composer,

August 31 to September 13
 Susan Madden, landscape quilter,

September 14 to September 27
 Lisa Skyhorse, saddle making, leather painting,

September 28 to October 11
 Milt Beens, plein air in oil,

Each artist will offer a free public program in the park on the second Thursday of their residency. The time and location of each program will be announced separately.

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