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 45 applicants by a jury of five consisting of the Chief of Interpretation, MVMA staff and three professional artists. Learn more at www.mesaverde.org.
The 2017 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.
Artist-In-Residence Schedule for the 2017*
May 1 to 13, 2017
Larry Hughes of Memphis, Tennessee works primarily in watercolor, drawing media, and oil. With roots in Arizona and California, his primary artistic interests are western wilderness areas, particularly national parks, where he hikes trails and works plein air. He has been Artist in Residence in several national parks including Zion National Park, UT, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX.
May 15 to 27, 2017
Brad Bachmeier is an award winning ceramicist from Fargo, North Dakota. He is the recipient of over 40 regional, national and international awards and he has served on the National Governor’s Association Commission for the Arts along with First Lady Michelle Obama. Brad Bachmeier has spent the past 24 years researching and creating work that centers around the idea of honoring mankind’s ancient and universal partnership with clay. You may view more of his work at Bachmeierpottery.com.
September 4 to 16, 2017
Photographer Christopher Eaton hails from Grand Junction, Colorado. As a fine art photographer, his primary goal is to capture the essence of the natural and cultural history of the landscape. At Mesa Verde his focus will be on documenting the night skies through still and time-lapse photography. Mesa Verde National Park is well situated in the Four Corners region to offer dark night skies. The Ancestral Puebloan people inhabited the mesa for hundreds of years. Though impossible to document the exact night sky they experienced, the dark sky conditions found on the Colorado Plateau offers an opportunity to come close. See more of his work at www.PinyonRidgePhoto.com.
September 18 to 30, 2017
Painter Carol Chamberland of Albuquerque, New Mexico draws inspiration from the landscape of the southwest. The history of human occupation in these demanding lands is another factor in her compositions. Mesa Verde National Park brings both sources of inspiration together. No stranger to southwest Colorado, she was Artist-in-Residence at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in 2012. The Albuquerque Art Business Association named her a Local Treasure for 2012. In 2013 she was Artist in Residence at Petrified Forest National Park. In 2015 the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office honored her with an Individual Achievement award for her work in preserving ancient rock art. Carol is currently president of the Albuquerque Archaeological Society.
October 2 to 14, 2017
Photographer Kit Frost of Durango works with film and digital cameras, digital video, 35mm, medium and large format cameras. Kit believes that the photograph is not made by the camera but by the vision of the photographer. Through visually translating Mesa Verde, she hopes to gain and share a deeper understanding of the park and its ancient residents. She plans to capture the texture and light, inspired by ancient architecture and natural landscape of the park, and to meet the challenge of recording the same expansive views experienced by the Ancestral Puebloan Culture over 800 years ago.
*More information about each public program with details on date, time, and place of public programs will be provided on the special event calendar or news releases once we are closer to the time of each residency.