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Residency Program

Artist in Residence

Image: Work in progress by Carlos Estevez, Artist in Residence 2024

The Grand Canyon Artist in Residence program elevates the cultural legacy of the park through innovative artwork and compelling programs that create emotional and intellectual ties between the public and this precious natural resource. 

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About the Program

The Artist in Residence program at Grand Canyon National Park offers artists the opportunity to practice and share their discipline with park visitors at one of the most beautiful sites in the world. Through impactful, site-specific, community-engaged work, the program seeks to inspire the community to deepen their knowledge of Grand Canyon National Park. 

The program is tied directly to the National Park Service Interpretation and Resource Education goal of inclusive storytelling and Grand Canyon Conservancy’s mission to inspire generations of park champions to cherish and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon. 

Contemporary artists focused on site-specific community engagement, social practice, and immersive or interactive artworks are encouraged to apply. We seek a variety of voices and strategies for engaging our visitors in underrepresented stories about the park.  

Annually, three artists are selected to live and work on the South Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona. Artists in Residence stay in a private apartment overlooking the Canyon for 3-10 weeks and receive media exposure, a weekly stipend, and modest support with supply and travel costs. Additionally, residents have special access to Grand Canyon National Park, park leadership, staff expertise, on-site resources, archives, and international visitors. Alumni are often invited to participate in additional opportunities like proposal reviews, webinars, blog posts, and local exhibitions.  

The Artist in Residence application period for 2025 is open now through July 15, 2024. Click here for more information. 

2024 Residencies

Carlos Estevez
April 8 – May 31

Carlos Estevez

Through a variety of visual media, Estevez will explore the multidimensional connection between nature and human existence, especially the profound symbolism of mountains and their impact on humanity. In addition, Estevez will provide a public program: "Artistic Insights: A Journey into the Creative Process," where he will share his journey as an artist with exclusive insights into his inspirations, techniques, and the transformative power of art. Hands-on creative workshops will also be provided. 

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June 10 – July 10

Janelle VanderKelen

During her time in residence, VanderKelen will be working on a short 16mm experimental film focused on endemic plant growth patterns and the ways that the movement of their biogeography indicates climate change. In addition, VanderKelen will provide an artist’s talk and a screening of curated films exploring ecological agency and ethical environmentalism. 

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August 1 - September 14

Gerald Dawavendewa

Dawavendewa plans to explore the long history of the Hopi people’s connection to Öntupqa, the Grand Canyon. He also intends to further his exploration of Hopi astronomy. Furthermore, Gerald intends to reflect his findings in his artwork and commentary. His residency will also include public discussions of his artwork and insights gained in regard to Hopi culture and astronomy as related to the canyon.

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October 1 - 31

Anne Finger

While in residence, Finger will be working on an essay-length work of creative nonfiction about John Wesley Powell, the disabled Civil War veteran and geologist who led an expedition down the Grand Canyon in 1869. Readings of her work-in-progress will be held for the public, in addition to “Writing Outside!” a writing workshop for visitors and residents amidst the splendor of Grand Canyon. 

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November 11 – December 15

Hai-Wen Lin

While in residence, Lin will work in collaboration with the wind, sun, and sky to “paint with light” via photography and generate ephemeral sculptures, like hand-made kites and other wind-responsive instruments. Lin’s public programs will engage visitors in activities that inspire play and wonder, reference childhood, and encourage interconnectedness with the invisible natural forces around us.

Program Partners

Nevada Museum of Art, Center for Art & Environment
Phoenix Art Museum 
Northern Arizona University School of Art & Design 
Grand Canyon School 

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Generous support provided by

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Contact us for additional information.

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Clover Morell

Residency Program Manager, Grand Canyon Conservancy