Applications being accepted for Artist in Residence program

Aguirre Springs
Community paint along at Aguirre Springs with May 2017 Artist in Residence, Heidi Annalise of
Denver. Courtesy photo.
The Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Bureau of Land Management announce a call to artists to apply for the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence Program to take place September 1 – 30, 2017. Entries for the September 2017 Residency must be received via email on or before July 14, 2017.

The Artist in Residence program educates and promotes the appreciation, protection, and preservation of natural and cultural resources on public lands. The residency provides an artist and public an opportunity to interact to better enhance the understanding of the public lands as well as the unique qualities an artist’s eye can capture.

The selected Artist in Residence lives on Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument for the residency month, immersed in the landscape. “This program brings together an artist and our community, to provide both with a fresh and unique perspective on our public lands,” remarked Ben Gabriel, executive director of Friends of Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks. Previous Artists in Residence at Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks include Meg G. Freyermuth, oil painter; Emmitt Booher, photographer; Kayla Blundell, mixed media artist; and Heidi Annalise, oil painter. As part of the residency requirements, artists host a community workshop during their stay to engage local residents on the monument.

The Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21, 2014. As part of the National Conservation Lands System the nearly 497,000 acres are some of the west’s most iconic landscapes. The Bureau of Land Management manages the National Monument.

For more information, please see program details and application materials at contact Susan Singley at 323-1423 or email