History of the Artist-in-Residence Program


Since 2014, Friends has been proud to partner with the Bureau of Land Management to host the Artist in Residence program. 

Participating artists reflect on the Black Rock Desert NCA’s scenic beauty, natural history, and cultural significance. They use these experiences to create artwork that will contribute to the public’s understanding and engagement with National Conservation Lands in Northern Nevada and nationwide.

We encourage the chosen creators to depict the variety of cultural and natural resources of the Black Rock Desert NCA, including historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscapes, the local ecosystem, and wildlife.

In addition to creating artwork, it’s equally important that the artists provide a positive interpretive experience for the greater public to enjoy.

2021 Artists 
Lauren Cardenas: Print Media, Printing and photography
Devan Horton: Oil and Acrylic Painting
2020 Candidates*

Anna Moore: Graphic Design and Illustration

Ryan McCarthy: Interdisciplinary and Multimedia

      *Unable to complete 2020 Artist in Residency due to the Covid-19


Jack Hulbert: Photography

Mary Kenny: Digital prints and screen printed collages 


Teal Francis: Printmaking

Clairissa Stephens: Mixed media 


Maggie Remington: Earth pigment paintings

Elizabeth Cadigan: Songwriter 

Megan Berner:  Photography 

Deborah Finley: Ceramic Artist


Virginia Catherall: Textile Artist/Knitwear Designer

Lewis Williams: Mixed media


Judy Hilbish: Paintings  

Stephen Chandler: Large Format Photography

Call for 2022 Artists!

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Winnemucca District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with partner organization Friends of Black Rock-High Rock (FBRHR) announce a call to artists to share their thanks 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. 

Selected artists will schedule residencies for two weeks, generally in June-July of 2022. 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 2022.  Artists will receive a 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 artists. One work of art produced as part of the Artist-in-Residence (AiR) programs nationwide will be selected for wider distribution.

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.

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.

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 15, 2022. For further information, contact Stacey Wittek at stacey@blackrockdesert.org or Kathleen Torrence, BLM Wilderness Specialist at kcadigan@blm.gov.