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By Michael Williams
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Artists nationwide are invited to apply for the 2013 artist-in-residence program at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Dolores, Colo.
The Monument is an awe-inspiring environment where artists use their talents to bring the landscapes to life using various art forms.
The artist-in-residence program is open to professional artists who are more than 18 years of age, are U.S. citizens and are able to meet the application criteria.
Submissions may include any artistic medium suitable for digital reproduction including two-dimensional visual still media (such as painting, photography and printmaking), literature, video, music, etc. Each residency spans eight days between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2013.
Proposals, including art samples, should reflect the cultural and natural resources within Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Winning proposals will promote public appreciation of the landscape, raise awareness of its unique value and inspire conduct that helps preserve its fragile resources.
The artist must donate at least one digital image of their completed artwork to the BLM. The copyright remains with the artist, with permission granted to the BLM for promotional and educational reproduction. Artists will also share their vision in a 45-minute, public presentation during the residency period.
Further information, guidelines and applications are available at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nm/canm/artist_in_residence.html. All submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by Thursday, Feb. 28.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is filled with scenic beauty and unique human stories. It encompasses thousands of archaeological sites including 13 Ancestral Puebloan settlements identified for visitors.
For more information, contact the artist-in-residence coordinator at (970) 882-5624.