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BLM Idaho Artist-In-Residence 

BLM Idaho's Artist-in-Residence Program

Calling all artists! Apply today and learn more about how you can be our next Artist in Residence in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Applications will be accepted until September 22, 2016.
 
Artists in the NEWS - Idaho Press Tribune | Boise Weekly

Scott Carter explores the canyonBackground

Artists see beauty and virtue in the natural places that are promised to future generations of Americans by the management practices of the BLM. They also look closely at the way the world works, notice things that others may miss, challenge ideas, experiment, and create new ways to perceive the world. The BLM's Artist-in-Residence (AIR) participants are encouraged to use these skills in depicting the variety of cultural and natural resources on BLM lands, including historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscapes, geologic features, and plant and animal life. These artists "translate" the resources--the heart of BLM's mission--into images, objects, and performances that bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the public lands. The AIR Program creates a structure to share the scenic beauty and unique stories of the BLM’s landscapes with the public through the world of art.  See the national showcase of work created by artists in the last two years.

Creative Foundations

The Program is inspired by a long history of artists and conservationists supporting our public lands. Artists provide a catalyst for developing connections to these treasured landscapes by promoting stewardship and deep appreciation for these special places across our Nation. The American public can look back at a rich legacy of early conservationists who inspired an awareness of the value of public lands such as John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and Stephen Mather. Their awareness was shared by creative artists such as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill, Ansel Adams, Maynard Dixon, and more recently, Ken Burns. 

General Requirements

  • Each selected BLM AiR program artist develops a project that promotes public appreciation of the landscape, raises awareness of these unique and fragile environments, and inspires visitors to preserve these irreplaceable natural and cultural resources.Annie Lampman explores the canyon
  • Each artist receives housing and studio space within or adjacent to the participating BLM site.
  • Each artist spends at least one week in exploration and immersion in the Bureau-managed landscape and is encouraged to depict the expansive variety of cultural and natural resources of BLM lands including historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscapes, the local ecosystem, and wildlife.
  • Participating BLM AiR Program artists translate the BLM's mission and purpose, as the steward of places of natural and heritage significance, into images, objects, and performances which bring others enjoyment and a deeper more heart-felt understanding of the public lands the Bureau manages.

Idaho's Artist in Residence Program

In 2014, Idaho BLM hosted three artists-in-residence in Southern Idaho. This area features some unique and dramatic landscapes, including winding rivers, deep canyons, vast areas of sagebrush steppe habitat, and hidden springs and waterfalls, provided inspiration to our artists. Learn more.

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National Artist in Residence Poster

National poster representing Idaho Artist in Residence JanyRae Seda.
 
 

Scott Carter at Marsing Art in the Park
Scott Carter displays work at Marsing Art in the Park
Artists in Residence Display Artwork at BLM Office in Boise, Idaho
Artists in Residence Display Artwork at BLM Office in Boise, Idaho
Scott Carter, JanyRae Seda, and Annie Lampman present artwork at BLM presentation
Scott Carter, JanyRae Seda, and Annie Lampman present artwork at BLM presentation
 Artists Present Artwork at Cinder Winery in Boise
Artists Present Artwork at Cinder Winery in Boise
 Artists Present Artwork at Cinder Winery in Boise
Artists Present Artwork at Cinder Winery in Boise
 Artists Present Artwork at Cinder Winery in Boise
Artists Present Artwork at Cinder Winery in Boise