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Release Date: 01/27/12
Contacts: Michael Williams, (970) 882-5600    

Bureau of Land Management Seeks Artists in Residence for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (01-26-12)

DOLORES, Colo.— The Bureau of Land Management will inaugurate an Artist-in-Residence program at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Dolores, Colorado during summer 2012. Each residency will be for one week during April, May, June, or July. Artist applications will be accepted from February 1 through February 29.

Resident artists will experience a stimulating and rugged environment in which to create art and share it with the public. Filled with both scenic beauty and unique human stories, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (CANM) is part of the National Landscape Conservation System. It encompasses thousands of archaeological sites, including 13 Ancestral Puebloan settlements identified for visitors. There are few roads, little shade, and no visitor amenities within its boundaries. Spring can be snowy and cold; summer can be hot. The Anasazi Heritage Center serves as the Monument’s management and visitor center.

The Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program promotes awareness through art of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. The program provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of preserving public lands. It will engage and inform an audience through public programs by participants, and will provide time for artists to pursue their work.

Artists’ application proposals should reflect the cultural and natural resources within Canyons of the Ancients. Winning proposals will promote public appreciation of the landscape, raise awareness of its unique and fragile nature, and inspire conduct that helps to preserve its resources. BLM staff and advising artists will judge the applicant pool.

Chosen artists will receive housing and studio space in or adjacent to Canyons of the Ancients. Only artists working in two-dimensional visual media may apply for 2012. This pilot program may expand to other media and other BLM sites in 2013 and beyond.

The artist will donate at least one digital image of completed artwork to BLM, which retains copyright for promotional and educational reproduction. The artist retains the right to use the image for non-commercial purposes. Artists will also be expected to share their vision in one 45-minute presentation to the public during the residency period.

Applications must be postmarked by February 29, 2012. For details on eligibility, or to receive an application form, visit the BLM Artist in Residence web site at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 01-27-2012