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2023 Community Artist in the Parks Announced

Jess Hough sketches using a pencil and notebook in front of reddish-orange cliffs.

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News Release Date: November 22, 2022

The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group is pleased to announce Jess Hough as the 2023 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP).

Jess Hough is a local carpenter/handyman and artist based in Moab. Primarily an illustrator, she has recently been working on developing DIY methods for at-home printmaking using reclaimed/recycled materials. Jess enjoys working on landscapes and environments inspired by red rock canyons and all the amazing natural features of Utah's deserts. About her upcoming tenure as Community Artist, Jess says, "I'm looking forward to spending more time in the parks and working on some exciting new projects!"

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 2023, Jess Hough 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 works will be sold in the Canyonlands Natural History Association bookstores 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 Inquires may be directed to Karen Garthwait at 435-719-2142 or emailed to e-mail us. Chad Niehaus, the Community Artist in the Parks Liaison, may also be contacted for program information via email at

Last updated: November 22, 2022

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