Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Program

Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the 2017 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program. This program offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. The park provides a historic, rustic residence to selected participants for five, two-week periods:

  • May 1 through May 13
  • May 15 through May 27
  • September 4 through September 16
  • September 18 through September 30
  • October 2 through October 14 (preference to local artists)

All participants will be required to attend a short orientation session before being allowed to enter backcountry areas. Also, participants will be required to be a National Park Service "Volunteer-In-Park" (VIP) during their residency. No stipend is provided. Participants in the Artist-In-Residence program will find the cabin fully furnished including linens and kitchenware. In return, participating artists are asked to donate to the park a professional digital image of an original piece of work from, and representative of, their residency in Mesa Verde National Park. Should exhibit/storage space become available, original artwork will be requested.

Entries for the 2017 program are accepted from November 9, 2016 through December 30, 2016. Notifications of finalists will be made by early February, 2017. For additional details on program and information on how to apply, download the brochure.

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Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Brochure (pdf, 775 kb)

For further information about this exciting program, please contact the Mesa Verde Museum Association's administrative staff at:

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330


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