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Release Date: 02/23/12
Contacts: Michael Williams, (970) 882-5600    

Weeklong BLM Artist-in-Residence Application Deadline Approaches (02-20-12)

DOLORES, Colo.— Artists who enjoy capturing the beauty of the outdoors are encouraged to submit their applications for the Bureau of Land Management’s Artist-in-Residence program at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Dolores, Colo. Four lucky winners will be sponsored for one week during April, May, June or July.

The selected 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 the 2012 program.

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.

Artists’ application proposals should reflect the cultural and natural resources within Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. 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.

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 or emailed by Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. For more details, visit the Artist-in-Residence website at  or to access the application go to

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: 02-23-2012