Community Artist Program

The natural lands of the United States have inspired artists for generations. Artists visiting immense Western landscapes to create art and share it with the American public inspired the creation of America's first national parks. Read more about arts in the national parks.

Similarly, 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.

a woman in a room with a painting of an arch on the wall

Courtesy Janet Buckingham

2018 Community Artist - Janet Buckingham

Janet Buckingham is the 2018 Community Artist in the Parks.

Read more about Janet and check her schedule to find her in the parks.


Becoming a Community Artist

Interested in participating in the program? Browse the program FAQs, read about a Day in the Life of the Community Artist, or jump right to How to Apply.

Last updated: August 29, 2018

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