Escalante Canyons Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program – 2014 Application Details

Applications will be accepted through midnight, April 1, 2014. Applications should be accompanied by art samples in the format specified, your resume showing relevant previous work and achievement, and your community project proposal.   

Applications must be received by midnight on April 1, 2014, to be eligible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications are to be submitted via email to

Applicants are required to submit:
  • 2014 Escalante Canyons Artist in Residence Application Form
  • 5 digital samples of work (see application form for specifications)
  • Resume detailing relevant education, experience, and achievements (see application form for specifications)
  • Creative community project proposal
  • Brief overview of arts festival public event and student event proposals
  • Responses to the following questions:
    1. How would being selected as the 2014 Escalante Canyons Artist in Residence further your work as an artist?What would you hope to accomplish during your residency?
    2. What makes you a suitable candidate for this residency?
    3. What is your relationship to GSENM? To the Colorado Plateau?
    4. Where/how did you hear about us?
EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS: A panel consisting of art professionals, Escalante Canyons Art Festival committee members, and GSENM staff will select the 2014 Escalante Canyons Artist-in-Residence. The following weighted criteria will be used to elevate the applications:
  • Portfolio: 40 points
  • Experience and Achievements: 20 points
  • Community Service Project Proposals: 20 points
  • Response to Application Questions: 20 points
SUBMISSION: The completed application package containing all of the above must be sent via email
NOTIFICATION: The selection of the 2014 Escalante Canyons Artist in Residence and notification will be made by April 30, 2014.

Sponsored by the Escalante Canyons Arts Festival & Bureau of Land Management/Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) was established in 1996 and became the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) first national monument. At nearly 1.9 million acres, it is the largest area in the National Conservation Lands system, which includes some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes set aside for conservation, protection, and restoration of their nationally significant cultural, ecological, and scientific values. From the spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for scientific research and exploration. Its spectacular scenery of other-worldly landforms, outrageous combinations of colors, vegetation that ranges from ponderosa forests to lush riparian corridors, and light that is forever changing, provides artists with limitless inspiration and material. 
In 1934 artist and poet Everett Ruess vanished in the labyrinth of deep canyons near Escalante, Utah, and was never seen again. The Escalante Canyons Art Festival - Everett Ruess Days, an annual gathering of artists, musicians, crafters, poets, and speakers, celebrates the life and work of this enigmatic artist and his passion for this landscape. Ruess' spirit of adventure touches a creative desire in all of us, as we seek to express, as he did, our response to the rugged landscape and mystery of the Escalante Canyons.
Escalante Canyons AiR Program Mission Statement
The purpose of the Escalante Canyons Artist-in-Residence (ECAiR) Program is two-fold. First, it promotes awareness through art of the exceptional natural and cultural treasures preserved and protected by GSENM. Second, the program seeks to firmly establish the Escalante Canyons region in southern Utah as a destination for artists and those who love art. The program aspires to share the scenic beauty and unique stories of National Conservation Lands with the public through the world of art.
The residency provides artistic and educational opportunities to promote a deeper understanding of, and a dialogue about, the natural, cultural, and historic resources on and around GSENM, centered on the Escalante Canyons region and the community of Escalante, Utah. The residency provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of the National Conservation Lands and their connection to the local community. It allows uninterrupted time in a stimulating and rugged environment for artists to pursue their work and share it with the public.
Escalante is located in the heart of GSENM along Scenic Byway 12 (Utah’s only All-American Road), bracketed by Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, the Dixie National Forest, three Utah state parks, and more untrammeled landscape than just about anywhere in the lower forty-eight states. Escalante is approximately a 5-hour drive from Salt Lake City or Las Vegas.
Residency Details
Sponsors GSENM and ECAF award the selected plein air artist the opportunity to live and work in and around Escalante, Utah. The majority of the work completed during the residency should be of landscapes within GSENM. The residency period will be four weeks ending on September 30, 2014. The artist will be provided an exhibit space at the 2014 Escalante Canyons Art Festival (September 26-27) but may not participate in the Plein Air Competition or Paint Out. Additional information about the festival is available at:
The selected artist will be provided with:
  • A travel trailer with RV hook-up located in Escalante.
  • A monetary stipend of $1000.
  • An exhibit and sales space during the 2014 Escalante Canyons Art Festival. The exhibit should include only works produced during the residency.
  • A small exhibit space in the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center the week of the festival.
  • Recognition of achievement in press releases, advertising and promotional materials, and on our websites.
In exchange for:
  • One creative community project proposed by the artist and approved by GSENM/ECAF to be executed during the residency period. 
  • One public event (workshop/demonstration/tour/presentation) to be held between September 22 and 25 as part of the festival programming.
  • One school event (workshop/demonstration/tour/presentation) working with local area elementary or high school students to be held prior to the week of the festival.
  • One completed artwork for the ECAF collection, painted within GSENM.
  • A commission of 25% to ECAF on works sold during the festival.
The Escalante Canyons Artist-in-Residence program is open to all professional artists over 18 years of age who are United States residents and who apply within the deadline period. Past plein air competition winners at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival are eligible for this residency program. The residency is limited to artists who work in two dimensional painting in an impressionistic plein air style. Selection is solely based on merit, without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, employer, or physical ability (see "American Disability Act–ADA" section below). Department of the Interior employees and their relatives are eligible to submit applications to the program.
The residency must be scheduled for four weeks ending on September 30, 2014, to coincide with the weekend of the 2014 Escalante Canyons Art Festival.
As stated above, the residency provides opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of the National Conservation Lands and their connection to the local community. We believe that creativity and art give us an opportunity for such dialogue among the diverse perspectives held in this small community of 800 people.
There are no set parameters for the community project. We welcome bold and creative ideas for engaging the community beyond the lecture or painting workshop. 
The selected artist will conduct at least two public events during the residency. These could be in the form of a workshop, demonstration, tour, or presentation. One event is for the general public and will be included in the arts festival programming lineup. The other event will be for area elementary or high school students and will occur prior to the week of the festival. The details of these festival and school programming events will be discussed and coordinated with the selected artist prior to the start of the residency to provide time for scheduling, outreach, and marketing.
A stipend of $1000.00 for the four-week residency will be provided by ECAF.
A travel trailer with RV hook-up located in Escalante. 
Artist is responsible for all transportation costs, including arrival and departure to Escalante, as well as transportation into the Monument during residency. Though not required, an all-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance will allow the artist access to more of the surrounding area, as most roads within the Monument are not paved.
Artist is responsible for all personal expenses including travel, meals, cell phone, internet access, laundry, etc.  
ECAF will own the donated artwork and retain its copyright. Donated artwork may be reproduced in GSENM and/or ECAF promotional print materials or electronic publication formats. The artist will retain a royalty-free, non-exclusive use license under copyright of the art by ECAiR. When the artist reproduces this artwork for his/her own purposes, publication information will include the language: "This artwork was produced under the Escalante Canyons Artist-in-Residence Program.”
The artist agrees that the artwork donated to ECAiR Program may be used in exhibits and for educational purposes by GSENM or ECAF or by their non-profit cooperating associations.
The selected artist will agree to be an official BLM Volunteer for the period of the ECAiR residency and must agree to sign and abide by the official BLM Volunteer Agreement during the residency period. As such the artist is protected by such insurance appropriate to the BLM Volunteer Agreement (DOI Form 1114-4).
Program artist will abide by all local, state, and federal laws including all BLM rules and regulations during the residency. GSENM managers, the ECAiR program coordinator, the national BLM Artist-in-Residence program office, and/or the ECAF director have the right to cancel the artist's residency immediately for inappropriate behavior, serious disregard for safety, or failure to comply with BLM regulations. ECAiR program participants will be official BLM volunteers, and are encouraged to promote appropriate site etiquette, Leave-No-Trace principles, and landscape conservation in any public contacts while acting as the residence artist at GSENM.
Every effort will be made by GSENM/Escalante Canyons Art Festival staff to accommodate disabled participants. However, the donated housing may require use of stairs, and accommodation corresponding to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards may be unavailable due to the historic or primitive nature of facilities in field locations.
For additional information, please contact:
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
ECAiR Program Coordinator
Allysia Angus


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