Capitol Reef National Park's Artist-in-Residence Program
The Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program at Capitol Reef National Park offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. “This residency program is an exciting progression of our relationship with the artist community, and will give visitors the chance to know Capitol Reef in a new and different way, through the eyes of an artist,” said former Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Leah McGinnis who helped form the program in 2017.
Night Sky Photographer - June 2020
Phil is an educator and landscape / nightscape photographer based in Northeast Ohio. His development as an artist emerged from his love of the stars and the night sky. Long nights driving out into the surrounding countryside to escape the lights of the city eventually became weeks of travel during summers off, all on a quest to find and capture images of the most awe-inspiring and unusual landscapes and pristine dark skies. While hiking and exploring during his travels, Phil also enjoys photographing birds and other wildlife. He views his work as a photographer as an opportunity to capture and communicate the subtle, grandiose, or ephemeral scenes witnessed when experiencing nature. His photographs of the night sky and Milky Way present a platform he uses to advocate for preservation of our world’s darkest places.
Composer - September 2020
Printmaker - October 2020
Creative Writer - November 2020
If you have any questions, please contact Penni Torgerson at 435-425-4101.
Selections are made by Capitol Reef National Park staff, park partners and community arts leaders based on merit and how the artists’ work can communicate the park’s national significance and its relevance to park visitors. While artists may indicate the session of their preference, selection for that session is not guaranteed.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Artists-in-Residence are enrolled in the Volunteers-in-Parks program. The artist works an average of 40 hours of work per week in the park or other approved locations.
During the residency, the artist presents one 45-minute public interpretive program for a two-week residency or two 45-minute presentations for a four-week residency either in the park and/or at The Entrada Institute.
No later than six months after an artist’s residency, the artist will donate an original, Capitol Reef-inspired product to the Capitol Reef Natural History Association (CRNHA). The Superintendent of the park will select the piece to be donated. Artwork must be framed with glass, if appropriate, and prepared for hanging before donation. Contributed works will be held by the CRNHA and will be in the public domain, and not subject to copyright laws.
Lodging and Area Information:
The AiR will be lodged for free in temporary park housing within the Historic Fruita District. Utilities are included. ADA-compliant (standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act) housing is currently not available. The AiR will have a private bedroom and studio but may have shared common living areas, bathrooms and kitchen. Housing rules apply, such as no family or pets or smoking. Prior approval is required for guests.
The house is furnished and has a telephone line for local or phone card calls. Wi-Fi is provided however, there is no cell phone service in the park. A shared washer and dryer are available in the park to use. Kitchen includes major appliances (refrigerator, stove, sink), and some very basic utensils and dishes. The selected artist is responsible for bringing everything else he/she may need.
Dental and medical care, churches and groceries are available within 30 miles west of the park in Torrey, Bicknell and Loa. More extensive services are available in Richfield (population 7,500) located 75 miles to the west of the park.
2017 Artist-in-Residence Kit Frost
Visit the Artists in Residence photo gallery or the Music page for a selection of art from previous artists.
Other Artist-in-Residency Programs across the National Park Service
Last updated: October 1, 2020