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Artists Selected for Program at Rocky Mountain National Park for 2009

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Date: June 1, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Six artists have been selected for the summer 2009 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.

Six artists were selected out of sixty-three applicants. The artists selected along with their art medium are: John Hulsey, Visual Artist from Lawrence, Kansas; Lanny Grant, Visual Artist from Silt, Colorado; Carl Johnson, Visual Artist from Anchorage, Alaska; Brent Langley, Visual Artist from Coal Valley, Illinois; Nick Holmes, Visual Artist from Isle of Mull, Scotland and Sharon Bass, Visual Artist from Lawrence, Kansas.

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 from June 14 through September 7. For a specific schedule and to learn more about these artists go to:

http://www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/meet_our_2009_artists.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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