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Mesa Verde Welcomes Second Artist-In-Residence In 2011, Dan Miller
Contact: Carol Sperling, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde is pleased to welcome Spokane Washington based photographer Dan Miller as an Artist-In-Residence. Mr. Miller has been a fine art photographer for more than 40 years. He picked up his first camera at age nine and had his first darkroom at 12. Since then he has photographed stunning infrared, black & white, and color images that include: cityscapes, National Park panoramas, wildlife photography, current and ancient architecture, figures, and portraits.
Since moving to Spokane in November 2009, Mr. Miller has had three one-man exhibits as part of Spokane's First Friday Art Walk. "My work draws all my senses into seeing. Form and structure fascinate me and pull me in. But it is the other factors present when I'm shooting, the sense of place, the warmth of the sun, the briskness of the wind, the humidity, the parched air, the pungent odors and floral scents, and the mood that screams to be in my photographs. I call these factors the Lost Light. I want my images to evoke the awe and emotion I felt when I shot them."
Mr. Miller will be giving a free public presentation of his work including work from his 2010 Abandoned Places portfolio that includes: color, black and white landscapes, and infra-red images taken at sacred sites in the Four Corners area and ghost towns in the American west and to discuss techniques for capturing the lost light. He will have a "Show and Tell" on Thursday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the park's library (across from the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum). For further information about Dan Miller, and to view some of his artwork online, go to www.lost-light-photo.com.
Begun during Mesa Verde National Park's 2006 Centennial, the Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program provides accomplished 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 4 two-week periods each year. For additional information about the Mesa Verde AIR program, visit our artists-in-residence webpage or call AIR Coordinator, Frank Cope at 970-529-4607.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.