Artists Selected for Program at Rocky Mountain National Park
Six artists have been selected for the summer 2010 Artist-in-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park. Artists will be provided with a creative, contemplative environment in which to generate artistic works and share their works with the public. Artistic diversity, new ideas and creative uses of media were encouraged in the application process. Six artists were selected out of one hundred and four applicants. The artists selected along with their art medium are: Steve Gifford, Photographer from Hubstadt, Indiana; Edward Aldrich, Visual Artist from Golden, Colorado; Stephen Lias, Composer from Nacogdoches, Texas; Rick Braveheart, Photographer from Columbus, Ohio; Glenn Freeman, Poet from Mt. Vernon, Iowa; David Mooney, Visual Artist from Grass Valley, California. Artists are given two-week residencies at the William Allen White cabin from June through September. During their stay at the park, artists share their vision in two public presentations. These presentations are held on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center auditorium from June 23 through September 7. For a specific schedule and to learn more about these artists go to:www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/air_2010_meet_artists.htm. Artists have had a long-standing impact on the formation, expansion and direction of our country’s national parks. Musicians, composers, painters, writers, sculptors and other performing artists also draw upon the multifaceted quality of parks for inspiration. All of these artists translate the national park’s purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, into images which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the parks some may never visit. Rocky Mountain National Park’s Artist-In-Residence program provides artists the opportunity to become a part of a long established tradition of artists in our national parks. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park information office at (970) 586-1206.