Artists In Residence: Other Notes of Importance


The details are vast and we’re hoping this gives you even more information for consideration for the Artist-in-Residence program for the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area.

Travel to Host Community: The only way to travel to Gerlach, the gateway to the NCA, is by car.

Traveling to art sites: Traveling to art sites is more complex. Friends will be able to drive you to your selected site daily, and ensure your safety. Camping at your site for a few days is possible. Friends of Black Rock-High Rock will provide camping gear to accommodate your stay in the field. Some locations may require camping on site due to the distances from the community of Gerlach.

Supplies: One art supply run can be made for artist, if needed. Due to the remoteness of the location, no art or hardware stores are readily available. The artist should plan to take all supplies with them to the community site.

Food: The Artist will be given a stipend of $350 for the two week duration of their stay. The resident site has a stocked kitchen with all utensils for cooking. There is one local restaurant, though it can be expensive – it is a treat and a cultural experience not to be missed. There is a small convenience store a short distance from Gerlach in Empire, Nevada.

Communication Resources: The local community of Gerlach has spotty internet connectivity and often there is no mobile phone service, especially in the field. A reliable WiFi connection, phone, and desktop computer are available to use at the Visitor Center.

Outreach: The local school has less than fifteen students and limited teacher resources. Seniors meet at lunch regularly throughout the week. As part of their residency, we require that the artist participate in a demonstration or presentation in the local, or a nearby, community. The Black Rock Rendezvous event over Memorial Day weekend is a great opportunity to fulfill this requirement. Receptions will be planned in Reno, Winnemucca, and Gerlach post-residency.


Friends of Black Rock-High Rock and the BLM will provide:

  • Access to locations from Gerlach, if required
  • Tours of potential artistic locations
  • Information about the NCA and the local area
  • Exhibitions and receptions at end of residency (including invitations, refreshments, installation assistance, etc)
  • Replication of artist’s artwork (quantity and method dependent on artist’s medium)
  • Modest $350 stipend to artist
  • Recognition of achievement in press releases, advertising and promotional materials, on BLM and FBR websites.
  • Lodging in Gerlach


Expectations of artist:

  • One completed artwork for BLM/FBR, created within the NCA
  • Work in field on art piece – 40 hours per week over two weeks, at minimum
  • Greet and speak to groups at two events, at a minimum
  • Willingness to talk with media
  • To grant rights to print designated artwork for use in fundraising or exhibitions
  • Participation in a public exhibit of works in Gerlach, Reno, and/or Winnemucca.


The artists will retain copyright over their works, and agree to grant FBRHR and the BLM a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license allowing us to use images of the artwork for whatever purpose, in perpetuity. When the artist reproduces this artwork for his/her own purposes, publication information must include the language: “This artwork was produced under the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock/Bureau of Land Management Artist-in-Residence Program.”

Artist Selection

Selection is based on artistic caliber. Submissions should reflect the artists ability to communicate the values and processes that will be used to interpret the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area.

Donated Art

Donated pieces will be auctioned off during the reception(s) at the close of the program. Proceeds from print sales will benefit an ongoing Artist-in-Residence program. These funds will be used to offset program operational costs.

Public Presentations

Artists will present two public programs, during and/or after their residency. This interaction can be tailored to an artist’s medium, interest, and experience using only a few hours of ones stay. Programs can be demonstrations, talks or exploratory walks. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. In addition, artists are requested to give public presentations in their own communities about their residency experiences. The Artist-in-Residence Program aspires to share with the public the scenic beauty and stories of the Black Rock Desert NCA through the world of art.

Selection Process

A panel of professionals from diverse artistic disciplines will choose two finalists, with one alternate. Selection is based on artistic merit and statement of purpose.

Program Management

The Black Rock NCAʼs Artist-in-Residence Program is managed by Friends of Black Rock – High Rock and both the Nevada State and Winnemucca District Offices of the BLM. The works completed under this program will contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our national conservation areas, helping create a legacy preserved for present and future generations.

Application checklist:

  • Applicant information page from application (page 1)
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Sample of artwork following guidelines detailed in Sample Artwork Guidelines section
  • Identification sheets for artwork


If you have further questions contact Friends of Black Rock-High Rock’s Executive Director Michael Myers at 775-557-2900 or email at or Kathryn Ataman at the Winnemucca BLM District at 775-623-1589 or