Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Jeanne Kosfeld
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde is pleased to welcome Minnesota-based artist Jeanne Kosfeld as an Artist-In-Residence. Ms. Kosfeld has been a professional designer/educator for more than 25 years. She began her career as an editorial illustrators/cartoonist for daily newspapers. Ms. Kosfeld spent five years in Alaska as the lead designer and adjunct faculty member for the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Currently, Ms. Kosfeld is the Creative Director for one of the nation's top performing arts centers, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota (Ordway.org).
In addition to plein air painting, Ms. Kosfeld's other artistic pursuits have included outdoor installations in polymer, ice, and organic materials. She has held an appointed position on the Minnesota State Arts Board Advisory Panel for three years and has judged many local competitions among young artists.
Ms. Kosfeld will be giving a free public presentation of her work on Thursday, September 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.in Hogan 37, located within Mesa Verde National Park.
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, click here 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.