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Grand Canyon Artist in Residence

Artists have been inspired by Grand Canyon’s majestic views for millennia, going back to the first people who lived on this land. In the late 19th century, painters of the Hudson River School created vibrant scenes that became the impetus for the creation of the National Park Service. Today, the sights and sounds in national parks continue to inspire artists in residency programs across the country.



About the Program

Grand Canyon Conservancy's Artist in Residence program supports contemporary solo artists who wish to contribute to the cultural and aesthetic legacy of Grand Canyon. The Artist in Residence program is directly tied to the National Park Service's priority of expanding equity and inclusion through storytelling and Grand Canyon Conservancy's mission to inspire generations of park champions and to cherish and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon. We define "storytelling" as the aesthetic or conceptual interpretation of a site through any artistic medium.  

The residency embraces an artist-focused, open-ended model that prioritizes on-site research and exploration to create exciting new work and deepen relationships between the public and Grand Canyon. Solo contemporary artists exploring concepts of conservation, cultural identity, or community through any discipline are encouraged to apply. We prioritize artists whose work and outreach programs best fit the park's interpretation and education goals of telling stories that have been excluded, hidden, unknown, untold, or under-emphasized.

Selected artists live and work at the Grand Canyon's South Rim in Arizona for up to eight weeks. In addition to free private accommodations and workspace, a modest stipend is offered to help with travel, food, and supply costs. Residents are given first-hand access to the natural beauty of Grand Canyon National Park, park leadership, staff expertise, on-site resources, archives, and our visitors. Each artist provides a minimum of at least two public programs that engage Grand Canyon’s local and worldwide community.

Important Dates

2023 Residencies:

January 21   February 26: Mark Chen

June 8 – July 5: Annie McCone-Lopez (Part I)

July 13 – August 9: Julie Anand

September 1 – 21: Terry Jenoure

November 17 – December 15: Annie McCone-Lopez (Part II)

2024 Application Process:

May 15 – July 31: Applications Open for 2024

Aug 1 – 22: Peer Review 

Aug 27 – Sept 8: Final Selection Meetings 

Sept 11 – 15: Applicants Notified for 2024


Resident Spotlight

Annie McCone Lopez

Photo of Annie McCone Lopez
Residency: June 8 to July 5, 2023

After many years of living in various places from Hawaii to Guatemala, Annie has returned to Los Angeles where she currently lives and works. Annie studied under Eli Levin at his Realist Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She acquired skills in print making and egg tempera painting before attending the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.  Her main focus was printmaking and book binding along with drawing and fiber arts. At this time Annie also began exploring her Latina culture. Inspired at first by the feminine in Catholic iconography she discovered the indigenous value hidden within the images. 

Annie continues to research and depict her connection to Mexican culture in her work. Her art is inspired by nature and her Mexican heritage. 

Annie has many disciplines that range from book binding, printmaking, ceramics, sewing , bead and leather work, egg tempera, gouache and drawing. She’s had a successful art business that provided color consultation, faux finishing and murals to both public and private clients.

Annie has shown her work in group exhibitions and solo shows in Hawaii, California, Oregon, New Mexico and Guatemala. Her work is in private collections internationally.

She is currently working on a series, Sisters of the Fifth Movement of the Sun. Images from this series were recently juried in the New American Paintings, west coast edition #163.

During her residency, Annie will research the many ways in which the Colorado River shapes the lives of those living in the Southwest. Her research will inspire a series of paintings that reflect the spirit and stories of the sacred water source and bring the voice of water to the forefront of our consciousness.

Support this program

The Artist in Residence Program is made possible because of support and grants to Grand Canyon Conservancy. Donations of any amount help fund future artists, innovators, and visionaries whose work will grow the cultural and historical legacy of Grand Canyon National Park.