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Artists Selected for 2012 Program at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: July 3, 2012
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Five artists have been selected for the summer 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park. Artists will be provided with a creative, contemplative environment in which to generate artistic works and share their works with the public. Artistic diversity, new ideas and creative uses of media were encouraged in the application process.     

The artists selected along with their art medium are: James Branaman, Photographer from St. Petersburg, Florida; Robin Enright, Writer from Colorado;  Patty McAuliffe, Botanical Illustrator and Artist from Denver, Colorado; Mary Taylor Young, Writer from Castle Rock, Colorado; Richard Eskin, Photographer and Ecologist from Townson, Maryland. Artists are given two-week residencies at the William Allen White cabin from June through September. During their stay at the park, artists share their vision in two public presentations. These presentations are held on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center auditorium through August 22. For a specific schedule and to learn more about these artists go to: http://www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/artist_in_residence_selectees_2012.htm      

Artists have had a long-standing impact on the formation, expansion and direction of our country's national parks. Musicians, composers, painters, writers, sculptors and other performing artists also draw upon the multifaceted quality of parks for inspiration. All of these artists translate the national park's purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, into images which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the parks some may never visit. Rocky Mountain National Park's Artist-In-Residence program provides artists the opportunity to become a part of a long established tradition of artists in our national parks.    

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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