The scenery within the national parks in southeast Utah inspired the creation of the Community Artist in the Parks program. The program began in 2009 as a way to highlight the connection between local artists and the landscapes contained within the parks of the National Park Service's Southeast Utah Group: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument.
The program gives visitors from across the globe an opportunity to see first-hand the results of artistic inspiration from wild nature. It provides local artists an ability to teach and demonstrate their medium and passion for creative expression.
Community artists host events throughout the summer where you can watch them in action, and even try your hand at some artwork. Click the link for the current artist (below) to see a schedule of upcoming park visits.
Current Community Artist
Sam Metzner will be the 2022 Community Artist in the Parks. Read more about her background and inspiration, and check back in early Spring for her calendar of park visits. (More dates will be added every few months.)
Past Community Artists2009 - Chad Niehaus
2010 - Pete Apicella
2011 - Kathy Cooney
2012 - Logan Hansen
2013 - Sarah Hamingson
2014 - Serena Supplee
2015 - Katrina Lund
2016 - Madeline Logowitz
2017 - Anthony Lott
2018 - Janet Buckingham
2019 - Antonio Savarese
2020 - Samantha Zim
2021 - Julia Buckwalter
Check out some of the artwork produced by community artists over the years.
Last updated: November 29, 2021