Mesa Verde National Park's Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the park's inspiring ancient architecture and natural landscape.
Mesa Verde's AIR program is managed by the Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA), a nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. The works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our national parks, create a legacy preserved for future generations, and offer park visitors and the public an opportunity to see our heritage through the eyes and ears of contributing artists.
Five artists are selected annually to live in the park for two weeks during the spring or fall pursuing their craft. They will each present a free public demonstration, performance or talk during their residency.
Siri Beckman, Wood Block Printer, May 5 to 18
Jill Haley, Musician, May 19 to June 1
Sue King, Quilter, September 1 to 14
Vinaya Yazzie, Painter, September 15 to 28
Rob Galin, Writer, September 29 to October 12
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Siri Beckman, Artist-in-Residence at Mesa Verde National Park, will give a free demonstration of her technique of cutting into wood in order to create an original print. The public is invited to attend her program at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Far View Lodge Library in Mesa Verde National Park.
Beckman creates her prints using two techniques--wood engraving and woodcut. Both are forms of relief printmaking. A mid-westerner by birth, Beckman moved to Maine in 1975 and discovered wood engraving by chance. Instantly drawn to the medium, she taught herself how to engrave in hard, dense woods like English boxwood and maple. In 1992 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arts in Philadelphia.
"Indigenous architecture has been a source of curiosity and inspiration for me for many years," says Beckman. "During my residency, I'll visit park sites with sketch book, watercolors and camera so I can record the details necessary to complete a series of prints."
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.