Artist In Residence

Deadline for 2019 Applications - Closed
For consideration, applications for each seasonal residency must be received by the park at or before the following deadlines:

Spring 2019 Residency (2-4 weeks in May)
Application deadline - October 15, 2018 - closed

Summer 2019 Residency (2-4 weeks in July)
Application deadline - December 15, 2018 - closed

Fall 2019 Residency (2-4 weeks in mid-October to mid-November)
Application deadline - February 15, 2019 - closed

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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2019 Artists

Artist-in-Residence Walt Davis
Walt Davis
Walt Davis - 2019 Spring Artist in Residence

Walt Davis, retired director of the Panhandle-Plains Museum in Texas, spent fifteen years creating wildlife dioramas for the Dallas Museum of Natural History. His work required close observation of wild places and their plant and animal inhabitants – experience that served him well as an artist. He is a signature member and past president of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and signature member of the American Watercolor Society. Davis co-authored and illustrated Exploring the Edges of Texas, the account of a 4,000 mile four-year long circumnavigation of Texas including Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.

His work has been accepted into exhibitions of the American Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Richardson Civic Art Society, Greenville Art League, Texas Watercolor Society, and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Davis has taught watercolor, figure drawing, and plein air sketching at Eastfield Community College, Amarillo College, Panhandle Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Art, and in his studio in Commerce, Texas. He has conducted demonstrations and workshops in Amarillo, Brownsville, Dallas, San Angelo and nine other Texas cities. More recently, Davis has been teaching nature journaling workshops to Texas Master Naturalist groups and has conducted workshops at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in north Texas.
Artist in residence, Ethan Smith, with his camera.
Ethan Smith - 2019 Summer Artist in Residence

Ethan Smith is a photographer from Minnessota with a Bachelors degree in studio art from Minnesota State Universirt Moorhead. He uses large format analog cameras. It is a meticulous, slow process that produces beautifully detailed black and white images. Ethan's work documents historic places and the stories they tell. He also uses long exposures to create night photographs. His work aims to convey the sense of a place to viewers.


Last updated: April 12, 2019

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