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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Program

Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the 2014 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program. This program offers professional 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 five, two-week periods:

  • May 5 through May 18
  • May 19 through June 1
  • September 1 through September 14
  • September 15 through September 28
  • September 29 through October 12

All participants will be required to attend a short orientation session before being allowed to enter backcountry areas. Also, participants will be required to be a National Park Service "Volunteer-In-Park" (VIP) during their residency. No stipend is provided. Participants in the Artist-In-Residence program will find the cabin fully furnished including linens and kitchenware. In return, participating artists are asked to donate to the park a professional digital image of an original piece of work from, and representative of, their residency in Mesa Verde National Park. Should exhibit/storage space become available, original artwork will be requested.

Entries for the 2014 program are accepted from November 1, 2013 through January 27, 2014. Notifications of finalists will be made by March 1, 2014. For additional details on program and information on how to apply, download the brochure.

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Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Brochure (pdf, 245 kb)

For further information about this exciting program, please contact Jan Wright, AIR Coordinator, at:

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.