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12/11/2012 11:54:00 AM
2013 GC South and North Rim Artists-in-Residence announced
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park's Artist-in-Residence program has announced the South Rim (SR AiR) selected artists for the October 2012 to September 2013 season and the North Rim (NR AiR) selections for the May to October 2013 season.

The Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program welcomes not only artists who work in the long-honored traditions of representational landscape photography and painting, but also encourages the involvement of artists working in new or experimental mediums.

While in-residence, the SR AiRs have the opportunity to live in the historic upstairs apartment of Verkamp's Visitor Center and Museum Store perched on the rim of the Grand Canyon. The NR AiR space is in a historic and rustic two-room cabin in the cool shade of Ponderosa pines.

A panel of professional artists and administrators, along with National Park Service (NPS) representatives, selected artists from a pool of 112 applicants on the South Rim, and 110 on the north. The selected artists reflect a broad range of genres and traditions that speak to the various issues facing the park.

The SR AiR program is hosting the following artists for the October 2012 to September 2013 season:

• Dec. 14-­21: Historical architect/writer Edward Ford;

• Jan. 6­-31: Mixed media sculptor Loren Schwerd, New Orleans, La;

• Feb. 1-28: Writer Naseem Rakha, Silverton, Ore.;

• March 1-24: Conceptual/visual artist Camelia Caton-Garcia, Portland, Ore;

• March 25-April 16: Painter Elizabeth Black and Photographer Chris Brown, Boulder, Colo.;

• May 5-31: Poet/Conceptual visual artist Rebecca Lowry, Los Angeles, Calif.;

• June 10-30: Sound and Visual Media artists Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga, Albuquerque, NM;

• July 1-21: Painter Elisabeth Condon, Tampa, Fla;

• July 22-Aug. 19: Interdisciplinary visual/conceptual artist Kevin Curry, Tallahassee, Fla;

• Aug. 11-31: Hand-made book artists Johanna Tinnegan-Topitzer and Jeremy Heflin, Merrimac, Mass.

The NR AiR program is hosting the following artists for the May-October 2013 season:

Exact dates for North Rim artists have not yet been determined, but will be posted on the Grand Canyon website when set.

• Watercolor artist Gloria Allen, Idaho Falls, Idaho;

• Ceramic sculptor and photojournalist Maria Simon, Portland, Ore.;

• Writer Rick Kempa, Rock Springs, Wyo;

• Oil, charcoal, gouache/watercolor artist Kathie Hodge, Riverside, R.I.;

• Dyes and pastels on silk artist, Carole Bonicelli, Brewster, N.Y.

While in residence, each artist will present a minimum of three public outreach programs, presentations or performances of their own design. Except for select programs presented to local school students on the South Rim, these programs are free, family-friendly and open to the public.

More information on these programs is available at the Visitor Center desk or by contacting the South Rim AiR coordinator Rene_Westbrook@nps.gov or North Rim Air coordinator Robin_Tellis@nps.gov.

For more information on current south rim Artist-in-Residence public programs a hotline number is available, (928) 638-7616.

Both programs will be accepting new artist proposals Feb. 1 to April 1, 2013. Complete application process details, as well as selected artist information including bios, works samples, links to their websites and program information are available at: www.nps.gov/grca/supportyourpark/air.htm.

An email list will allow interested parties to receive all application and program information and is available by writing to Rene_Westbrook@nps.gov.


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