Four artists have been selected to serve as the Park’s Artists-in-Residence throughout the 2017 season. The artists were selected from a large pool of applicants in partnership with Southern Utah University. The artists and residency dates are as follows:
· Jodie Hulden, February 1-28, 2017: photographer, San Diego, CA
· Joshua Graham, March 31-April 28, 2017: painter (oil), Salt Lake City, UT
· Tyler Patterson, September 1-29, 2017: music composer, Los Angeles, CA
· Lisa Gilley, October 16-November 11, 2017: painter (oil), Nordland, WA
Each artist will spend 30 days living in a historic cabin in the Park, where they surround themselves in the sights, sounds and wonders of Zion to find inspiration for their work. As part of the program, each artist conducts two public presentations on their work and residency experience. Date, time and location for these events are forthcoming.
The Artist-in-Residence program continues to honor a long tradition of artists using their work to facilitate a conversation on the value of nature and preservation. The tradition began in the early 19th century with the Hudson River School painters and transcendentalists writers like Thomas Cole, and Henry David Thoreau. The work of some of these late artists led to preservation legislation that helped create Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks.
For more information on the Artist-in-Residence program for Zion National Park, please visit http://go.nps.gov/1mihy8. Further information on the four selected artists can be found on their websites: www.jodihulden.com, www.behance.net/graham_art, www.lisagilley.com www.tylerjamespatterson.com.