ZION NATIONAL PARK – Zion National Park is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence Program. Applications for the program are available at www.nps.gov/zion/supportyourpark and will be accepted through July 22, 2011. The Artist-in-Residence Program provides selected artists with the opportunity to live in Zion Canyon for four weeks and devote their time and energy to developing works of art inspired by the park. As part of the residency, artists will present two public programs and donate, at the park’s choosing, an original piece of artwork that represents their experience within the park.
Artists have been an important part of the national park system for over a century. Their work has impacted the establishment, expansion, and direction of our national parks, while creating a permanent record of these treasured places. Zion National Park continues this tradition by providing artists the chance to draw inspiration from the park’s sweeping landscapes and significant cultural resources. Selected artists will have the opportunity to translate this beauty into artwork that will bring new insights, enjoyment, and understanding of this unique desert sanctuary.
The Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by Zion National Park, in partnership with the Zion Natural History Association and Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts. Artists are selected by a jury of park staff, faculty from Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, and staff from the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. Selections are made based on the merit of the applicant’s work and how well the work reflects the mission of Zion National Park and the National Park Service.