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Artist in Residency Photo

(BLM Photo by Mel Edwards)

The BLM Artist-in-Residence (Air) Program provides artistic and educational opportunities that promote deeper understanding and dialogue about the natural, cultural, and historic resources on America's public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

This Artist-in-Residence Program for the Monument is funded by BLM through an assistance agreement with the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument, a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO).  

(BLM Photo By Jonathan Moor)

How and why do artists create? What is the knowledge that encourages or inspires creativity? How do artists perceive their world and how do viewers interpret their work?  Life experiences work together to influence what we see as beautiful or interesting, and artists utilize this knowledge in their work.

Participating artists translate the BLM's mission and purpose, as the steward of places of natural and heritage significance, into images, objects, and performances which bring others enjoyment and a deeper more heart-felt understanding of the public lands the Bureau manages.

The American public can look back at a rich legacy of early conservationists John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and Stephen Mather, who inspired an awareness of the value of public lands. Their awareness was shared by creative artists such as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill, Ansel Adams, Maynard Dixon, and more recently, Ken Burns.

Just as the artists of the past brought the beauty of our nation's landscapes to the American public, artists-in-residence will highlight the majesty of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

In addition to creating artwork, participating artists provide a program or learning experience for visitors and staff regarding how the Monument served as an inspiration for their artistic endeavors.


  (BLM Photo By Jonathan Moor) 


General Requirements

  • Each selected Monument AiR Program artist develops a project that promotes public appreciation of the landscape, raises awareness of these unique and fragile environments, and inspires visitors to preserve these irreplaceable natural and cultural resources.
  • Each artist spends at least one week in exploration and immersion in the Bureau-managed landscape and is encouraged to depict the expansive variety of cultural and natural resources of BLM lands including historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscapes, the local ecosystem, and wildlife.

Applications will be accepted March 1 – April 30.

A committee working with the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument will select artists by May 15.

Related Links

AiR Announcment

For application Click Here

AiR Contract

The National BLM Artist-in-Residence Program

Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument

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Monument Information

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Contact Information

  • Lewistown Field Office: 406-538-1900
  • Interpretive Center: 406-622-4000
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
    920 Northeast Main
    Lewistown, MT 59457