Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 2016 Artists-in-Residence Program

Seeking Applications for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 2016 Artists-in-Residence Program


Kanab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting applications beginning Dec. 22, 2015 through Jan. 29, 2016, for its spring Artists-in-Residence (AiR) program, at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) as a premier event in the midst of the 2016 year-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of GSENM: Learning from the Land, Learning from Each Other.


For several weeks, in and around Kanab, and Escalante, Utah, from late April until mid-May, two selected artists—a writer and a musician—will join a photographer in a creative, uniquely rugged environment in which to generate artistic works and share their works with the public.  Artistic expertise, professionalism, and creative uses of artistic media are encouraged.  Selected artists receive housing for the duration of the event.  During their stay, these artists will share their passion in public workshops as a part of the Amazing Earthfest, then collaborate to share their vision in a multi-media production.


A panel of BLM, Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners, and Amazing Earthfest officials will judge the applicant pool.  Selections are made on the basis of the following criteria: entry materials, event proposal, professional resume, and creative vision with respect to GSENM’s public education goals.  The BLM holds a publishing copyright to donated artwork for promotional use to advance education and the BLM AiR program.  The artists will retain a non-exclusive use copyright.  Further restrictions will apply.


Interested literary or musical artists may obtain more information and download an application and guidelines by accessing the GSENM website at:; by emailing the AiR coordinator: [email protected] or by calling (435)644-1238.  If requesting by email, applicants should provide a complete postal mailing address.  Detailed instructions are on the website.  Applications must be postmarked by midnight, Jan. 29, 2016.


For additional project-specific information, please contact LeAnn Skrzynski (435)644-1238 or Craig Tanner (435)826-5624.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In fiscal year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Sherry Foot

Special Programs Coordinator

(801) 539-4195

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