Fire Restrictions in Effect
Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at very high fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: No open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle. More »
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Landscape Photographer Rick Braveheart
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to welcome Rick Braveheart, landscape photographer, as its second Artist-in-Residence for 2012. Mr. Braveheart has studios in Ohio and Florida and has been a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence recipient nine times. His award-winning photography is found in private and public collections, seen regularly in gallery and art museum shows and is currently in a long-term exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum. In 2013, he will serve as the resident photographer for an International Arctic Expedition.
Mr. Braveheart explains that "As a Native American, I feel a deep connection to Mesa Verde because of the land's history and cultural significance to the Ancestral Puebloans and the many tribes and pueblos of today that have park affiliations. I strive always in my landscape work to honor the ancestors who have come before us, by visually sharing the beauty of the land on which they lived, cared for, and made possible for future generations. I am carrying out my work at Mesa Verde in a way that honors those ancestors whose vision, culture and ingenuity are seen everywhere throughout this magnificent and sacred place."
Join Mr. Braveheart for a fast-paced, multi-media presentation at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in the library located at the Far View Lodge. Rick will speak about his decade's long passion of photographing America's national lands and his work with the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, wildlife and conservation groups and nature preserves across the country. A drawing for a photography related door prize will be held at the presentation.
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.
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.