Artist In Residence

Deadline for 2018 Applications Announced
For consideration, applications for each seasonal residency must be received by the park at or before the following deadlines:

May 2018 Spring Residency - Friday, September 1, 2017
July 2018 Summer Residency - Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Mid-October/Mid-November 2018 Fall Residency - Monday, January 1, 2018

Program Information

The Artist-in-Residence Program offers professional writers, composers, and all visual/performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. The program is intended for artists working in a variety of mediums. One or more artists may be selected each year for our residency program. Professional two-dimensional visual artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, crafts persons, and photographers are encouraged to apply.

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2017 Artists

C.M. Mayo
C.M. Mayo

C.M. Mayo - 2017 Spring Artist in Residence

C.M. Mayo is a literary journalist, poet, and novelist who was born in El Paso, Texas and (long story short) has been living in Mexico City for more than 25 years. She is currently at work on a travel memoir, World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas. Her most recent publications include Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual, which won the National Indie Excellence Award for History; and Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. An avid literary translator, she is also editor of the collection of 24 Mexican writers, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion. Read some of her work and listen in to her podcasts, including the "Marfa Mondays" Podcasting Project at

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer - 2017 Spring Artist in Residence

Amanda Palmer, from Nebraska, works in a variety of art media: tapestry weaving, clay & wood sculpting, lost wax casting, painting, computer illustration, graphic design, earth/environmental art, photography, drawing, and various forms of printmaking. Her current focus is to create a series of woodblock prints from her drawings and photographs focusing on our National Parks. She is calling her project ‘Find Your Park Through Art’. Visit her website.

Jenny Browne
Jenny Browne
Jenny Browne - 2017 Summer Artist in Residence

Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems Dear Stranger, The Second Reason, and At Once, all from the University of Tampa Press. Her poems and essays have appeared widely, including American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The New York Times, Tin House, and Threepenny Review. A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas in Austin, she has received grants from the San Antonio Artist Foundation, the Texas Writers League, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently she is an Associate Professor of English at Trinity University and lives with her husband and daughters Lyda and Harriet in downtown San Antonio. Visit her website.
Wes Ferguson Fall GUMO AIR
Wes Ferguson
Wes Ferguson - 2017 Fall Artist in Residence

Wes Ferguson is a journalist and author of two nonfiction books, The Blanco River and Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine, both from Texas A&M University Press. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he also writes for magazines like Texas Monthly and Texas Highways, and was recently awarded a grant from the Burdine Johnson Foundation to begin work on his third book. A Piney Woods native, Ferguson worked in the East Texas Oil Patch from age 15 through 18 and later studied journalism at Kilgore College. He holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he was managing editor of The Daily Texan. Ferguson now lives in Austin with his fiancée, Laura, their five fish, and lots of plants. Visit his website at

Last updated: September 17, 2017

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