Artist-in-Residence Program 

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The purpose of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program is to promote awareness of the exceptional natural and cultural treasures preserved and protected by GSENM - part of our National Conservation Lands - through the celebration of art. By bringing professional artists into the GSENM landscapes for a determined length of time to create works that inspire and promote stewardship of public lands is truly "Taking Public Lands to Heart."

The GSENM AiR program provides artistic and educational opportunities to promote a deeper understanding of, and a dialogue about, the natural, cultural, and historic resources in GSENM. It also provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of the National Conservation Lands and their connections to the local communities. The artists’ residencies allow uninterrupted time in a stimulating and rugged environment for artists to pursue their work and share it with the public.

GSENM and our local community partner organizations offer two artist-in-residence opportunities each year. One is the Artist-in-Residence in May hosted in Kanab, Utah, in conjunction with the annual Amazing Earthfest community event. The second is the Artist-in-Residence – Plein Air held in September and hosted in Escalante, Utah, in conjunction with the Escalante Canyons Art Festival annual community event. 

A special addition to the Artist-in-Residence program is planned for 2016 in celebration of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's 20th Year Anniversary. Three artists - a writer, a musician and a visual artist - will be invited to participate concurrently in the AiR program for 2016.
Details about each residency are provided below:


May 2016 Artist in Residence Program Details (Writer, Musician, and Visual Artist) 

May 2016 Artist in Residence Application Form (Writer, Musician, and Visual Artist)

May 2016 Call for Artists in Residence Program



September 2016 Plein Air Artist in Residence Program Details

September 2016 Plein Air Artist in Residence Application Form

September 2016 Call for Artists in Residence Program




2015 Plein Air Artist-in-Residence

Bonnie Zahn Griffith, Boise, ID


2015 Photography Air Artist-in-Residence

James and Jenny Tarpley, Asheville, NC




2014 Plein Air Artist-in-Residence

Dennis Farris, Fort Worth, TX


2013 Plein Air Artist-in-Residence

Wayne Geary, Salt Lake City, UT                                                                                            


2012 Plein Air Artist-in-Residence

Nancy Lewis, Palisade, CO                                                                                                                      



Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Map of GSENM

National Conservation Lands


Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners Logo Glen Canyon Natural History Association

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