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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

Terry Jenoure

Residency: September 1-21, 2023

Terry was born and raised in the Bronx to a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family. She began studying classical violin at age 8 and attended the acclaimed High School of Music and Art in New York City. After college, she became a protégé of the Free Jazz movement, touring, performing, and recording with the most exemplary musicians of the genre: Archie Shepp, Leroy Jenkins, Marion Brown, John Carter, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Andrew Cyrille, Richard Davis, and Henry Threadgill, among others. With a career spanning four decades, her performances as composer and violinist/vocalist include appearances at prestigious jazz venues and international festivals across the U.S., Western and Eastern Europe, and South America.  

Jenoure has received glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Downbeat Magazine, and other notable reviewers. She has a Ph.D. in Education and was on the graduate adjunct faculty of Lesley University for 18 years.  

During her residency, Jenoure will utilize her surroundings and translate them into music. She hopes to convert the sensations of Grand Canyon into a music experience that can be shared not only with immediate visitors who will witness on-site performances, but also with online viewers from around the world.  

Terry has several programs planned at South Rim that are open to the public. See more details below:

Canyon Soundscapes Workshop

Friday, September 8th from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Shrine of the Ages

This workshop is for artists of all genres and skill level. We will explore the use of my graphic notation system to play freely with sound. While in residence, I am keeping a journal of colors, textures, shapes, and overall relationships of natural formations. Because improvisation is at the crux of my work, we will explore some of the formations I have sketched to create a spontaneous work for mixed-media ensemble.

Seeing Sound, Hearing Hues – Performances 

Friday, September 15 from 3:00-3:30 p.m. outside of Verkamps

Saturday, September 16 from 5:00-5:30 p.m. Bright Angel Trailhead

Music Improvisation is the act of organizing sound spontaneously, or in the moment. It often uses prompts of various types to guide it. My solo will be inspired by visual art created and exhibited on site.

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.