BLM welcomes H. Walck as the first Canyon Country District Artist in Residence


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MOAB, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management is pleased to announce H. Walck, who creates art under the name Pine Bones, will be the 2022 Artist-in-Residence for the Canyon Country District. The residency is sponsored by the Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Bureau of Land Management. 

“I am driven to use my abilities to bring environmental protection, awareness and conservation to the forefront of public discussions,” said BLM Canyon Country District Artist in Residence H. Walck. “During this residency, I will focus on the water’s role in the complex and unique canyon country ecosystem. I hope to see you out on the land.”

Walck is a nomadic Moab-based illustrator whose work is fueled by wilderness and isolation. Originally from the northeastern United States, Walck relocated to the West to focus on artistic exploration. Inspired by the environment and ecology, Walck delves into connections rooted within objects discovered in the natural world. Focused on wildlife, bones, soil and plants encountered in the places they dwell, Walck’s illustrations are a personal reflection of their experiences and relationships with the sacredness of the natural spaces encountered. 

“Through this program, we hope to inspire and educate the public about the unique resources within the Canyon Country District,” said BLM Canyon Country District Artist-in-Residence Coordinator Shannon Calabro. “We are excited to work with Walck and believe the work during this residency will help promote stewardship and provide a new perspective of public lands.”

“It is our pleasure to partner with the BLM for the first Canyon Country District artist residency,” said Canyonlands Natural History Association Operations Manager Sam Wainer. “This program is a perfect match for our mission to support the educational efforts of our federal partners, which include the BLM, the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service who manage the public lands of Southeast Utah.”  

Opportunities for the public to visit with Walck on public lands will be held in Grandstaff Canyon at Morning Glory Arch on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Hunter Canyon Trailhead on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 am. to 4 p.m. Any schedule changes will be posted on the BLM Canyon Country District Facebook Page ( 

The three-week residency will conclude with a public presentation or display and details will be posted on the BLM Canyon Country District Facebook page once finalized. This is the first artist in residence to be hosted by the Moab Field Office and the Canyon Country District. To learn more about the program, visit the BLM Canyon Country District Artist in Residence website.

Additional photos of Walck and related work can be found on the BLM Utah Flickr website.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.