BLM Artist-in-Residence Program | BLM Las Cruces District |

The Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District are calling artists to apply for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
Artist in Residence Program to take place May 1 – 31, 2023. Entries for the May residency must be received via email to [email protected] on or before March 17, 2023.
The Artist-in-Residence program educates and promotes the appreciation, protection, and preservation of natural and cultural resources on public lands. The residency provides an artist and the public an opportunity to interact and enhance the understanding of public lands through the unique qualities an artist’s eye can capture.organ mountain desert peaks national monument Artist-in-Residence program

With more than 497,000 acres of public land encompassing four scenic mountain ranges the Monument is an iconic landscape to host the BLM Artist-in-Residence Program. The area’s unique geological, biological and cultural resources provide the artist with endless possibilities for self-expression through their lens, painting, sculpture, poetry, music, etc.

In addition, the Monument’s long and diverse prehistory has many inspirational points an artist can explore. Characters like Geronimo and Billy the Kid roamed the area, the Spanish conquistadors traveled the Camino Real, and westward migrants traveled via the famous Butterfield Stagecoach route. The area’s rich wildlife and hidden desert treasures also provide the artist with numerous dimensions on their approach to depicting the “heart and soul” of the Monument.

Artist-in-Residence Program Requirements

The Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and the BLM provide housing for the artist during the Artist-in-Residence program,and once the residency is completed, the artist receives a $500 stipend. In return, the artist is responsible for a creative community project, a public event (e.g., tour, demonstration or workshop), and a completed art project
to be used to promote the Monument.

For more information, click here or contact Jessica Gomez at 575-680-0957 or at [email protected].

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