Free Lecture by Mesa Verde Artist-in-Residence James Branaman

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Date: September 19, 2013
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

Artist-in-Residence James Branaman will give a free lecture featuring his photography, including never-before-seen images of the park from his residency project. The public is invited to attend his program on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Far View Lodge Library in Mesa Verde National Park.

The Florida-based photojournalist's project focuses on combining two photographic techniques-- light painting and astrophotography--often spending several hours working on a single image in the backcountry at night.

Holding degrees in both art and photojournalism, Branaman combines artistic training with visual journalism to tell the story of places in the present and past. He worked on similar projects as an artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain and Everglades National Parks in 2012 and will continue his project at Acadia National Park in 2014. Branaman states, "while most forms of physical exploration have been exhausted, we continue to break new ground in how we explore a place visually. Through this exploration I seek to create imagery focusing on scenes that elude the casual tourist or short-term visitor. In the process I hope to showcase the beauty and balance of man-made structures in natural settings while still preserving wilderness areas and dark skies."  

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 in our national parks. The AIR program is managed by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA), the park's innovative educational partner that inspires life-long stewardship of the Mesa Verde region's cultural and natural heritage. Through MVMA's operation of park bookstores, free or low-cost seminars, workshops, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages gain a new, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde. Proceeds from all association programs support Mesa Verde National Park. Learn more at


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