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Grand Canyon’s Artist-in-Residency Programs – due 4/1/12

The parks have always welcomed artistic interpretations in support of land advocacy. Thomas Moran’s evocative and astounding paintings directly influenced the establishment of our first National Park (Yellowstone, 1872). This tradition continues today with more than 50 Artist-in-Residence programs throughout the National Park Service system.

With changing times come bold new visions of what art can contribute to our conversation about preservation, environmental issues, and park (and arts) advocacy. Grand Canyon National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program seeks artists whose work is engaged in issues that are relevant to the Park Interpretative Themes, while also challenging the visitor to become an active participant in preservation and environmental and cultural advocacy. We are pleased to host artists who communicate complex and contemporary issues through their chosen medium. Artists in all genres and in all disciplines, contemporary, traditional, or folk who have a genuine interest in contributing to our on-going national discussion on these issues will be of special interest to our program.

Whether you are a traditionalist in the vein of Thomas Moran or a contemporary artist creating new paths towards understanding both environmental and cultural issues, you are welcome here. The Artist-in-Residence Program offers professional artists the opportunity to spend three weeks on either the North or South Rim of Grand Canyon in housing provided by the National Park Service. The North Rim AiR program is seasonal, with six residencies during the spring, summer, and fall. The South Rim AiR program is year-round, providing twelve artist opportunities.

Artist opportunities: Contemporary, folk and traditional forms, including but not limited to:

  • Visual arts: painters, sculptors, printmakers, new media artists, muralists, designers, ceramicists, artisans, multi-discipline artists, fiber artists, mixed media artists, jewelers
  • Media: photographers, film makers, videographers
  • Writers: fiction and non-nonfiction writers, poets, playwrights
  • Performing arts: composers, musicians, dancers, performance artists, storytellers, dramatic artists

Deadline April 1, 2012
Download Application Instructions

AiR artist proposals should be site-specific to Grand Canyon National Park, support the park’s Interpretative Themes, and will focus on such issues as ecology, the environment, park advocacy, conservation and other themes relevant to the parks.

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  1. Goutam Ghosh (Reply) on Tuesday 13, 2012

    Hi,

    I am a master fine arts student from Oslo academy of fine arts, Norway. My realized master final year project around Cactus in the region of grand canyon .

    I wants visit there as researching fellow, for 3-5 week.
    It would be really grate, if is there any particular procedure, which i can follow further.

    Please let me know .

    Thanking you
    Goutam Ghosh