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Artist-in-Residence Showcase:
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Two BLM National Monuments sponsored artists in 2012 and 2013.  Their work provides a variety of perspectives on the landscapes. This page is a showcase of artwork created at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado. To view larger versions of the artwork, click on the images.


Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Jeff Potter, May 2013

Jeff Potter, a painter living in Alameda, New Mexico, shared his vision of Canyons of the Ancients at the Anasazi Heritage Center. The New Mexico native paints with pastels, watercolor, and oil paints. he also creates woodblock and linoleum prints. The prolific artist has also participated in regional exhibitions in Texas and Utah.

Castlel Rock Sunset -- By Artist in Residence Jeff Potter

"Trail Canyon" -- By Artist in Residence Jeff Potter

Left: "Castle Rock Sunset,"  2013
Above: "Trail Canyon,"  2013

Lewis Williams, July 2013

Lewis Williams was the second Artist-in-Residence to immerse himself in Canyons of the Ancients during 2013.  He shared his point of view and works-in-progress in a presentation to visitors to the Anasazi Heritage Center. Williams' art reflects a sense of sacred connections to the landscape. The Ohio native was changed forever on his first trip West at age 17, when he fell in love with the Southwest.


"Boulder Castle Time Frame"  -- By Artist in Residence Lewis Williams

Above: "Boulder Castle Time Frame," 2013
Right: "Sleeping Ute Awakes," 2013

"Sleepin Ute Awakes"  -- By Artist in Residence Lewis Williams


Arthur Short Bull, 2012

Arthur Short Bull belongs to the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) people of the northern Great Plains. He works primarily in watercolors, and was the last of four artists in 2012 to spend time exploring and absorbing the landscape while creating art in response to the experience. His presentation was from a Native American point of view, and he explained how his cultural background has influenced his creative process.


"Sacred Pour-over" -- By Artist in Residence Arthur Short Bull

Above: "Sacred Pour-over" -- Watercolor on paper, 2012

Right: "Dripline Shadow" -- Watercolor on paper, 2012

  "Dripline Shadow" --  By Artist in Residence Arthur Short Bull


Carol Chamberland, July 2012

Chamberland was the third artist  to spend a week exploring and absorbing the southwest Colorado landscape and creating art in response to the experience. In a presentation at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, she discussed both materials and technique, and commented on how her archeological background has influenced the creative process. Chamberland’s mixed media paintings often portray a desert of abstract forms and patterns illuminated by intense and spooky light.


By Artist in Residnce Carol Chamberland

"Storm over Cannonball"  By Artist in Residence Carol Chamberland

"Sand Canyon Trail No. 2" --  By Artist in Residence Carol Chamberland

Above Left: "Sand Canyon Trail No. 2" -- Gouache and colored pencil on paper, 2012

Left: "Storm over Cannonball" -- Goache and colored pencil on paper, 2012

Joyce Heuman, May 2012

Joyce Heuman was the second of four artists-in-residence to work in Canyons of the Ancients in 2012, devoting herself to art and observation. She is a watercolorist and aficionado of local history, and the only selected artist who lives in the Cortez area. Heuman’s twin passions, for painting and nature, are evident in all her work.


"Rock of Ages" --  By Artist in Residence Joyce Heuman

  "Desert Varnish Home" --  By Artist in Residence Joyce Heuman

Left: "Rock of Ages" -- Watercolor on paper, 2012

Above: "Desert Varnish Home" -- Watercolor on paper, 2012  

Kirk Gittings,  April 2012

The first Artist-in-Residence at Canyons of the Ancients, Kirk Gittings used a large-format 4x4 inch view camera to capture the landscape images.  Gittings saw the expanse of canyons and mesas as a mythological landscape with aesthetic and historic qualities to inspire both residents and visitors. He spent a week immersed in the Monument landscapes, learning their inner story and making photographs.


Above: "Tower Remains: Castle Rock Pueblo"  --  Photograph, 2012

Right: "Wing: Painted Hand Pueblo"  --  Photograph, 2012

"Wing: Painted Hand Pueblo" -- By Artist in Residence Kirk Gittings



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Wayne Geary, 2013

In the fall of 2013, Wayne Geary participated as the Artist in Residence at Grand Staircase-Escalante. A native of Ogden, Utah, he traveled with his family as a child and learned an appreciation of art. He returned to the Southwest after working in California and became active in the Utah Artists-in-Education program. His paintings are represented in public and private collections in New York, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Utah. His work ranges from outdoor sculpture along the Jordan River in Salt Lake City, to works in schools and hospitals in the area.


Right: "Storm Over Calf Creek" -- Oil on Panel, 2013"Storm Over Calf Creek" -- By Artist in Residence Wayne Geary

Nancy Lewis, 2012

Grand Staircase sponsored one artist in 2012 and a second in 2013, both sponsored in cooperation with the Escalante Canyons Art Festival. Nancy Lewis, an artist from Western Colorado, spent a month as Artist-in-Residence in 2012. She has traveled over 15,000 miles with her bicycle and compact drawing kit, throughout the U.S., Canada, Central Ameridca, South America, and Europe. She prefers to mix the rich colors of oils, the color intensity of pastels, and the luminosity of watercolor. Her specialty is painting "en plein air ," or in the open air.


Right: "View of Calf Creek from the Hogback" -- Oil painting on linen panel, 2012

"View of Calf Creek from the Hogback" -- By Artist in Residence Nancy Lewis