Artists must submit application materials and art samples exactly as indicated on the entry form. Insufficient, or excess materials, are causes for application rejection, as is an artist's proposed use of a work already in progress as a residency project.
A panel of professionals from diverse artistic disciplines will choose five to six finalists, with two alternates. Selection is based on artistic merit, the Statement of Purpose, and appropriateness to a national park residency. In addition, residencies awarded from 2012 through 2015 will be to artists whose proposed residency projects will serve to promote and celebrate Rocky's upcoming centennial in 2015.
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September. No stipend is provided.
The finished artwork will characterize Rocky Mountain National Park for present and future generations and offer the park visitor and the general public an opportunity to see our heritage through the eyes and ears of the contributing artists, thereby, fulfilling one of the program's main purposes.
Another aim of the program is to ensure the preservation of the William Allen White cabin, a historic structure within Rocky Mountain National Park. Built in 1887, this home was set-aside in 1984 to house Artists-In-Residence participants. Perpetuating the memory of William Allen White, a famous American editor and author, is the third purpose of the program. Mr. White and his family spent thirty-one summers in his cabin amidst the inspiring landscape of Moraine Park and the Rocky Mountains.
Artists will present two 45-minute public programs during their residencies. This interaction can be tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience using only a few hours of one’s stay. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. In addition, artists are requested to give public presentations in their communities about their residency experiences.
Selected artists participating in Rocky's Artist-In- Residence Program from 2012 through 2015 are asked to donate to the Park an original piece of work from, and representative of their residency in Rocky Mountain National Park which will serve to promote and celebrate the Park's upcoming centennial in 2015. Donated artwork must be received no later than one year after an artist's residency.
The cabin has a high-beamed living/dining area with a large fireplace, one bedroom and bathroom, and a small kitchen. There is limited central head. Participants in the AIR program will find the cabin fully furnished including linens and kitchenware. Individuals may choose to bring personal amenities. At the end of their residency, artists are asked to tidy up the cabin and gather used linens. Pets are not allowed.
Because of the historic nature of the cabin, the facility is not fully accessible for individuals with disabilities. Personal needs can be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
The William Allen White Cabin is the home of the Rocky Mountain National Park's Artist-In-Residence program. The rustic cabin on the hill overlooking Moraine Park was the summer retreat of William Allen White from 1912 to 1943, who was a nationally recognized journalist and editor of the Emporia Gazette (Kansas).
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