• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Mesa Verde Welcomes First Artist-In-Residence in 2012, Jeff Lockwood

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Date: May 11, 2012
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to welcome writer Jeff Lockwood as its first Artist-in-Residence for 2012. Dr. Lockwood's journey to art began in science. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology and, enchanted by radically 'other' forms of life, a doctorate in entomology. He was hired as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming, but after 20 years he metamorphosed into a professor of natural sciences and humanities with an appointment split between the MFA program in creative writing and the department of philosophy.

Jeff's nature/spiritual essays have been published by Skinner House: Grasshopper Dreaming (2002), Prairie Soul (2004), and A Guest of the World (2006). He has written for Orion, Conservation Magazine, New York Times, and London Times. His popular science/history books, Locust: The devastating rise and mysterious disappearance of the insect that shaped the American frontier (Basic, 2004) and Six-Legged Soldiers: Using insects as weapons of war (Oxford, 2008) have been highly acclaimed. Jeff's writing has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize, a John Burroughs award, and inclusion in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. Currently, he is working on The Infested Mind (Oxford, 2013)-an entomological tour of the human psyche.

During his stay at Mesa Verde, he will be giving a free public presentation of his work on Thursday, May 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the downstairs library of the Fair View Lodge. Immediately after his readings, he will offer a 1-hour writing workshop during which participants (who do not need any writing experience) will playfully explore various short-forms. The public is invited to attend the presentation, the workshop or both events.

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, go to the park's Artist-In-Residence webpage or call AIR Coordinator, Frank Cope at 970-529-4607.


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Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.