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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Artist-in-Residence program

The history of the national parks and Grand Canyon is tied directly to connecting people to conservation through art. Using space in the recently acquired Verkamp’s building, the park has begun a year- round Artist-in-Residence program for the South Rim. Given the ability to provide newly focused time and professionalism on the program, the park has

rewritten the criteria for both the North Rim and South Rim programs to meet higher artistic and professional standards. These new standards focus on representing and interpreting the conservation, preservation, and inspirational missions of NPS in the selection of artists-in-residence and their work.

“Imminent Depth” (200 , acrylic and oil pen on canvas), by Susan Klein, Artist-in-Residence, summer 2007 (North Rim) and September 2009 (South Rim). NPS photo

"Down a Few Thousand" (acrylic painting on canvas), by British Columbia artist David Alexander; Artist-in-Residence, June 2010 (South Rim). NPS photo

Few places have inspired as much wonder and creativity as Grand Canyon. The park hosts two Artist-in-Residence programs: A seasonal program on the North Rim and a year-round program on the South Rim. Artists of all genres, selected by a formal jury, are awarded three-week residencies. During their time at the canyon, artists and collaborative groups present programs for visitors and receive focused studio time to pursue their projects.

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