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
Jess Hough will be the Community Artist in the Parks for 2023.
Past Community Artists
Check out some of the artwork produced by community artists over the years.
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.
Applications for the 2024 Community Artist in the Parks volunteer position will be accepted in September 2023.
Last updated: November 22, 2022