FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 29, 2016
Contact: Larry Crutchfield (435)644-1209 or LeAnn Skrzynski, (435)644-1238
Bureau of Land Management Names 2016 Artists-in-Residence Winners
Kanab, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management has selected two professional artists as the winners of the spring 20th Anniversary Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM), joining photographer James Tarpley (2015 spring AiR winner). Each artist will spend 3 weeks absorbing and experiencing the monument’s landscape, producing a collaborative work under James Tarpley’s direction in response to the experience, and then sharing their vision and techniques with the public at workshops and in a collaborative performance at the Amazing Earthfest during spring, 2016.
Many artists from across the nation applied for residencies, and the following artists were chosen on the basis of artistic merit and public outreach proposals: Arvel Bird, a local Southern Paiute musician currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, and writer Rebecca Worby of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The winning artists receive housing, an expense stipend, and studio space. The collaborative multi-media audiovisual production resulting from their work will be donated to the Bureau of Land Management, shown in all four GSENM visitor centers and may be available for sale in visitor center bookstores that support and fund education, research, interpretation, and visitor services for GSENM.
The Artist in Residence Program promotes awareness of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, which includes some National Monuments, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, designated wilderness and wilderness study areas. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of Learning from the Land; for this and other 20th Anniversary events or more information, go to:
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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