- Provide opportunities for artists to deepen their connection with Lassen through artistic process and immersion.
- Create new connections to Lassen Volcanic National Park through individual works of art.
- Further awareness of specific park themes through artistic and literary expression.
Artist in Residence
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Many people come to Lassen Volcanic National Park to "get away from it all" and that includes the nonstop clamor of our everyday lives. Volunteer and 2017 Artist in Residence Greg Wedding introduces us to his passion of recording natural soundscapes.
The Artist in Residence (AIR) program at Lassen Volcanic National Park offers amateur and professional artists an opportunity to pursue their particular art form in the park's inspiring environment. The AIR program seeks to:
Amateur and professional artists of any medium are welcome to apply. This includes, but is not limited to: writers, sculptors, photographers, painters, musicians, and composers. View the AIR Program Guide for more information about the program and how to apply.
Artist-in-Residence GalleryEnjoy a rotating selection of Artist-in-Residence (AIR) artwork in the park AIR Gallery in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center auditorium. This collection of artwork acts as a row of windows created by each artist during or inspired by his or her time in the park. All of the pieces were donated by the artist and will become part of the park archive collection to ensure that they are preserved for enjoyment by generations to come.
2017 AIR | Jhenna Quinn LewisSome years ago, artist Jhenna Quinn Lewis and her family summited Lassen Peak together. This summer, Jhenna will return to Lassen Volcanic to create still-life portraits of birds using her traditional old-masters painting style.
2017 AIR | Jym Davis
This summer, Lassen Volcanic will become the sixth national park at which artist Jym Davis will create and photograph animal-inspired masks. Jym celebrates the fact that his work is not a static object, but also a hands-on experience for people. Children are especially fond his paper mache masks.
2017 AIR | Greg WeddigGreg Weddig has been recording and documenting natural soundscapes since 2003. During his intermittent residency, Greg will work with park staff to incorporate his audio recordings into interpretive products for all to enjoy.
2016 AIR | David RossmanGraphic design student David Rossman enjoyed hiking and backpacking during his two-week residency. A regular visitor to the park, David was excited to explore the park more deeply and discover its lesser seen natural beauty. David's oil and pen painting captures the vitality of the Manzanita Lake area, nestled at the base of Lassen Peak.
2016 AIR | Melinda Whipplesmith Plank
2016 Artist-in-Residence Melinda Whipplesmith Plank completed a collection of small woodblocks featuring park wildlife and landscapes. During the busy centennial summer, Melinda invited visitors to create their own prints using her handcarved woodblocks. View a selection prints from the woodblocks she carved during her two-week residency on Flickr.
2015 AIR | Pamela Haunschild
Lassen's 2015 Artist-in-Residence (AIR), Mt. Ashland artist Pamela Haunschild, completed a four-week residency in August 2015. Pamela uses mixed media in her paintings to depict views of nature. Largely working with highly pigmented watercolors, her work includes patterns and textures that lend an abstract element. View Pamela's paintings she created during her residency on our Flickr site and a recorded presentation about her residency and technique on our YouTube site.
2014 AIR | Melissa Lockwood
Artist-in-Residence, Melissa Lockwood incorporated art into her life from childhood. While other kids would purchase clothes or video games with their limited allowance, she preferred art supplies. Melissa fell in love with the idea of protecting and preserving public lands in her sophomore year of college through a position with the Bureau of Land Management. After two seasons with the National Park Service, she was hooked for life. Melissa is Lassen's first Artist-in-Residence (AIR) and was instrumental in the development of Lassen's AIR program.
Melissa's artwork is currently on display in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. You may also view her work on Flickr.
The Eruption Photographs
It is a daunting task to capture the rugged beauty and intricate features of Lassen Volcanic National Park. In the early 1900s, one artist paved the way to the park's creation in his series of eruption photographs. Benjamin F. Loomis' photographs have allowed countless people to travel through time and witness Lassen Peak's dramatic eruption. View photos of the Lassen Peak Eruption on Flickr.