Artists Chosen for 2013-14 AIR Program

Release Date: July 10, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520

Joshua Tree National Park and its partner, the Joshua Tree National Park Association, are pleased to announce the selections for the 2013-2014 Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR). Four visual artists, a sculptor/videographer, and a writer were invited to participate in the program’s sixth year of providing a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation.

The 2013-2014 artists are Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis (a writer from Maryland); Sonja Hinrichsen (a sculptor/videographer); Hanna Kunysz (a visual artist from San Francisco, California); Brendan Monroe (a graphic novelist from Oakland, California); Olivia Parkes (a painter from Pioneertown, California who is currently living in Berlin, Germany); and David Titterington (painter from Lawrence, Kansas). Elaine Stocki (a photographer from Brooklyn, New York) and Joshua McKinney (a writer from Fair Oaks, California) were selected as alternates.

The park will provide accommodations for the artists for two to four weeks so that they may create work in their chosen medium. The association provides financial and administrative support. The residencies will take place during the months of September through November 2013, and March through May 2014. Through partnerships established with other cultural, environmental, and civic agencies within the region, the artists will produce a program or exhibit to engage members of the surrounding communities.

The jury was comprised of four local artists and a park staff member who made their selections from a pool of 40 applicants. The criteria included relevance of the applicant’s proposal to the mission of Joshua Tree National Park, caliber of the work, and feasibility of the project within the NPS guidelines. The AIR program tries to ensure that a wide variety of disciplines is represented.

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler said he was very proud of the work done by park staff to ensure that visiting artists had a positive experience during the last five years of the program. Because the Artist-in-Residence Program supports the park’s mission, “We hope to inspire people to experience their parks as places where creative expression is valued, along with the more traditional conservation and recreational values.”

For more information about Joshua Tree National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program, please contact Caryn Davidson, park liaison for the program, at 760-367-3012.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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