Black Rock Desert Landscape

2019 Artist in Residence – Deadline Approaching!

Welcome to our 2019 Artist in Residence page. Here you will find all the content you need for our 2019 program. We are excited to be hosting the Black Rock Desert NCA Artist-in-Residence program for a sixth year thanks to support from the BLM.

Our Artist-in-Residence program seeks to promote awareness of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.

The Program

The AiR program promotes awareness through art of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The program provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of preserving public lands. It will engage and inform an audience through public programs by participants and will provide time for artists to pursue their work.

Call for Artists

The Winnemucca District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with partner organization Friends of Black Rock-High Rock (FBRHR) announce a call for artists to share in celebrating one of Northern Nevada’s icons by applying for spring residencies at the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA). This project is sponsored by the BLM in partnership with FBRHR. Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2019.

Application submissions should include a resume, statement of purpose, samples of artwork and a response to the application questionnaire. Application proposals should reflect the artist’s unique perspective of cultural and natural resources. Winning proposals will promote public appreciation of the landscape, raise awareness of its unique and fragile nature, and inspire conduct that helps to preserve its resources. A panel of jurors will judge the applicant pool. Selected applicants will be notified no later than May 6, 2019.

Residency and Stipend

Selected artists will schedule residencies for two weeks in June-July of 2019. They will be required to create at least one piece of artwork inspired by the Black Rock Desert NCA that will be featured in an exhibition in the summer or fall of 2019. Artists will receive a $700 stipend from the Bureau of Land Management for developing their work and lodging for the duration of their residency. Lodging to be determined in consultation with selected artist. One work of art produced as part of the Artist-in-Residence (AiR) programs nationwide will be selected for wider distribution.

Applicant Requirements

The Black Rock AiR program is open to artists working in any field (including but not limited to painters, photographers, sculptors, cinematographers, poets, musicians, and new-media artists) who are over 18 years of age and United States residents who meet the application criteria.