Artist In Residence

Deadline for 2017 Applications
Spring 2017 (mid-April to mid-May) .................. July 15
Summer 2017 (July) .......................................... August 31
Fall 2017 (mid-October to mid-November) ........ October 15

Program Information
The Artist-In-Residence Program offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park.

The Artist-in-Residence 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.

Interested in Applying?

2016 Artists
Pat Molina
Pat Molina
Pat Molina - 2016 Spring Artist Resident

Pat Molina is a working artist, happily living her talent and passion in Austin, Texas. A former public servant working with Texas adoptees and their families, Pat's retirement in 2011 liberated and enabled her to pursue her artistic career full-time.

Art enriches the spirit and mind, and warms the soul. Painting in watercolor or any water media is a process of letting go; allowing water to seep into the fibers of the paper as it dries, then as the paint begins to settle, Molina adds color and texture to deepen the wash, further enhancing the subject and unlocking hidden emotions.
Artist in Residence Dennis Farris
Dennis Farris
Dennis Farris - 2016 Summer Artist Resident

Dennis Farris is a landscape artist. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduation with an art degree from Central Missouri State University, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas and began his career as a freelance illustrator. During this time, he honed his skills as a painter by experimenting with various subjects, styles and techniques. It was not until he began studying The Hudson River School of artists that he discovered his passion for realistic landscapes. His work focuses on the grandeur and atmosphere of the Texas and Western landscape.

Artist in Residence Mary Baxter
Mary Baxter

Mary Baxter - 2016 Fall Artist Resident

Mary Baxter has been painting the Big Bend region for 20 years and has done commissioned series of painting for Longfellow Ranch, Mitre Peak Ranch, and the Combs Ranch. At present, in addition to paintings, she is doing a series of West Texas wildlife sculptures cast in concrete.
Visit her website.


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.

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