Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Program
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the 2013 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:
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.
Entries for the 2013 program are accepted from October 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013. Notifications of finalists will be made by April 15, 2013. For additional details on program and information on how to apply, download the brochure. (To get the Free Adobe Reader, which is required to read the pdf file, click here.)
Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Brochure (pdf, 245 kb)
For further information about this exciting program, please contact Jan Wright, AIR Coordinator, at:
The above information was updated on February 5, 2013 to reflect the transfer of the Artist-In-Residence program management to the Mesa Verde Museum Association. Be assured that all entries sent to the previous address are still being accepted. An additional session for local artists, from September 29 to October 12, has also been added to this year's program.
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.