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San Juan National Forest accepting applications for Artist-in-Residence Program

The San Juan National Forest is accepting applications for its Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program until March 1.

To be considered, applications must be stamped as received by no later than the March 1 deadline at the San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301. The residency program is open to painters, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, sculptors, performers, and other artists. Those selected for residencies will have the opportunity to stay at the historic Aspen Guard Station for one to two weeks during the summer or fall of 2010.  

The Aspen Guard Station is a rustic log cabin set in an aspen grove 12 miles north of Mancos.  It served as a ranger station for the U.S. Forest Service after being built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, it houses the Artist-in-Residence Program annually from June to September.  In return for residencies, artists make a donation to the program and share their talents with the public through exhibits, performances, open houses, or workshops.

Representatives of area art associations will choose six finalists and two alternates by no later than May 1, 2010.  Selection will be made solely on the basis of merit, without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, or physical ability. However, because of its historical nature, the Aspen Guard Station does not meet American Disability Act standards.

The Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the Dolores Public Lands Office and Cortez Cultural Center.   Information on the program and instructions on how to apply are available on the San Juan National Forest Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/about/a-i-r/index.shtml .

For more information, contact Ann Bond, 385-1219.