A New View of the Public Lands

Artists 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 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.  To view a showcase of the art done over the past two years, select this link.


Artist-in-Residence Sites for 2014

In 2014, the BLM national AiR program will expand to include residencies at up to eight locations in five states. Future expansion will depend upon on interest, program funding, and available site staff.  Several sites are still seeking applicants. For more information on the sites, select this link. 


Artist-in-Residence Posters Available

The 2012 posters are available from the Artist-in-Residence sites. Below is a sample of the poster done with Kirk Gitting's photograph of the Painted Hand Pueblo at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado.  There are five posters in the series; four were done for the Canyons of the Ancients artists and one for the Grand Staircase-Escalante artist.

For information on the posters, select this link.

Artist in Residence Poster