GSENM 2021 Artist in Residence Program
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) Artist in Residence – Plein Air Program is a partnership effort of GSENM, Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and Glen Canyon Conservancy to promote awareness through the arts of the exceptional natural and cultural treasures within the Monument.
The Artist in Residence (AiR) program provides artistic and educational opportunities to foster a deeper understanding and dialogue of the natural, cultural, and historic resources in GSENM. The program promotes the value of National Conservation Lands and their connections to the local communities. Residencies allow artists to pursue their work in stimulating environments and share it with the public.
Meet the 2021 Artist in Residence
Artist-in-Residence Günther Haidenthaller grew up in sight of the Alps in Austria. He played among 200-year-old Roman ruins and immigrated to the United States at age 6. He took art classes in junior high and high school, learning to ski, rock climb, ice climb, fly fish, skydive and whitewater kayak as an adult. Studying illustration and advertising design at Utah State University before he returned to Austria for mission work, Haidenthaller spent nearly 30 years devoted to graphic design, art direction, offset and screen painting, and taking photographs, and 10 years as a soccer administrator. Now he paints full time, “haunted by the ethereal, dreamlike quality of light” that he expresses in his artwork, as resident artist at GSENM.
To learn more about Günther Haidenthaller and his fine art, visit here.