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2024 Community Artist in the Parks announced

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2024 Community Artist in the Parks, Annie Dalton

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News Release Date: December 5, 2023

Contact: Karen Garthwait, 435-260-0713

Moab, Utah – The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group is pleased to announce Annie Dalton as the 2024 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP).

Annie Dalton was born in Moab but lived all around the southwest as a child. She studied Fine Art and Biochemistry in college, graduating with a BA from Arizona State. Raised by an artist and miner/driller, her art and a love of this landscape and its elements are interwoven.

Annie strives to create art that encourages people to slow down, savor the moment, and reconnect with nature. About her upcoming tenure as Community Artist, Annie says, "I'm so honored to serve as the Artist in the Parks! I can't wait to see how this body of art shapes itself in the wild, and am looking forward to the connections I'll get to make along the journey."

Created in 2009, the CAIP program highlights the connection between a local artist and the surrounding landscapes, particularly Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments. Participating artists must reside in Grand, San Juan, or Montezuma counties.

As the Community Artist for 2024, Annie Dalton will create original work within the parks for a minimum of 24 hours per month, April through October, and share her inspiration and creative process with visitors. Her work will be sold in the Canyonlands Natural History Association stores at Arches and Canyonlands national parks during her tenure.

For more information about the program and a schedule of each Community Artist’s park activities, visit the CAIP program webpage. Inquires may be directed to Karen Garthwait at 435-719-2142 or emailed to Chad Niehaus, the Community Artist in the Parks Liaison, may also be contacted for program information via email at 

Last updated: December 5, 2023

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