2018 Artists-in-Residence

Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating art in our national parks. The AIR program is managed for the park by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. This year’s artists were selected from over 49 applicants from all over the United States, Germany, Australia, and Great Britian. The submissions featured a variety of media and inspirations. The final artists were chosen based on their artwork, their statement of purpose, the compatibility of their proposed projects with the interpretive themes of the park, and their unique ideas for public programs. Learn more at www.mesaverde.org or Mesa Verde's Artist in Residence Program.

The 2018 Mesa Verde National Park Artists in Residence (AIR) have been selected and are described below. Each artist will offer a free public program in the park during their residency.
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Artist-In-Residence for 2018*

April 16 to April 28
Rosie Carter, of Cortez, Colorado, whose unique designs are primarily pen and ink drawings will create a special illustrated map of the park. Locals may know her as the proprietor of the Home and Range Gallery in Cortez. Recently she completed a remarkable illustrated map for the Montezuma Land Conservancy. To see her work go to http://rosiecarter.com/.

April 30 to May 12
Ellen Augarten, a photographer from Northampton, Massachusetts, was enthralled by a recent visit to Mesa Verde, particularly by the changes in the landscape due to fire. Ellen plans to focus on fire and its effect on the landscape and the future of the park. She uses double exposure and camera movement techniques to create unexpected, unusual, and often beautiful imagery that can transform a photograph into a painterly looking image. She will use these techniques in the burned and un-burned areas of Mesa Verde. For examples of Ellen’s work visit www.ellenaugartenphotography.com.

May 14 to May 26
Painter Gwen Sullivan, from Gilbert, South Carolina, brings a unique aspect of painting to Mesa Verde this year. An accomplished painter, Gwen also creates her own paints from natural materials and uses them to create her work. “I want to show that art can be created using the elements of nature. The old, time-honored way of making paint and making art is still possible. I want to show that the beauty and uniqueness of the national parks, in general, and Mesa Verde, in particular, can be showcased in this way.” www.gwensullivan.com.

September 3 to September 15
Rick Kempa is a poet, essayist and educator from Rock Springs, Wyoming. During his residency, Rick plans to complete his manuscript, Thirst and Water: Essays from Canyon Country. He will offer several writing workshops in September. Find out more about Rick at http://www.rickkempa.com/.

September 17 to September 29
JanyRae Seda, of Boise, Idaho, brings her vivid painting style to share with Mesa Verde visitors. She says, “I am a 4th generation Idahoan, a studio painter, and an impressionist who loves to paint the western sky and landscape. I believe the marks, strokes and gestures of paint express the forces of nature, vibrancy, and power. See her paintings at www.janyrseda.com.


Last updated: October 27, 2018

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