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Contact: Patricia Thompson, 928-524-6228 x267
Petrified Forest, AZ― Artists have impacted the formation, expansion and direction of our national parks. The work of many artists has also assisted in providing perspectives at parks that create meaningful experiences for our visitors. Today, artists continue to document national park landscapes with contemporary approaches and techniques. Artists from a wide variety of mediums draw upon the multifaceted quality of parks for inspiration. These artists translate the national park's purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, into images which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the parks to many Americans who may never visit.
Petrified Forest National Park's Artist-In-Residence Program continues this tradition. Founded in 2006 as part of the park's Centennial Celebration, the program continues to provide inspiration to park visitors.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 program with postmarks dated through March 15, 2012. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be considered. Notification of finalists will be made by April 1, 2012.
Applications can be downloaded from the park website at http://www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/artist-in-residence.htm
Participating artists are asked to donate to the park an original piece of artwork from, and representative of, their residency in Petrified Forest National Park. Artists will present two public programs during their residency. Park housing for artists is located in two historic Pueblo-style cabins near overlooks of the Painted Desert.
Please contact Patricia Thompson at 928-524-6228 x267 or Patricia_Thompson@nps.gov.
For general park information call (928) 524-6228, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent. You can also follow the park on Facebook as PetrifiedForestNPS and Twitter as PetrifiedNPS.