Artists-in-Residence 2021

This summer we’re partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the 8th annual Artists-in-Residence program where we will host two artists in the Black Rock Desert for two weeks. We are excited to present this year’s Artists-in-Residence winners, Lauren Cardenas and Devon Horton.

2021 Artists-in-Residence Program

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

The 2021 Artist-in-Residence program was open to all media types. Applications ranged from photographers to painters to sculptors to literary artists. Print media artist, Lauren Cardenas and painter, Devan Horton have been selected for this year’s summer Artists-in-Residence program.

Lauren Cardenas


Lauren Cardenas is a Latinx print media artist. Cardenas holds a BA in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She is a Tamarind Institute Printer Training Program graduate and holds an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was awarded the University of Nevada, Reno Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship (2016-2018). She currently is the Assistant Professor and Area Head of Printmaking at the University of Mississippi.


#sueñoamericano inflight meal, 6
Laser print transfer on Kraft American Singles Cheese incased plexiglass
Size: 3.5” x 3.5” – 9” x12” Framed
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40 inches
From the series “Penchant”

Devan Horton


Devan Horton is a painter from northern Kentucky who creates work that fights for what she feels is most important: the environment. Through swarming insects, roots, fungi, or most recently, trash, the overall objectives she wishes to achieve with her audience are changes in perspective, confrontations with ideals of beauty, awareness to the forgotten, and inspiration to change within themselves to make a difference. Devan’s most recent series, “Penchant”, deals with our cultural obsession with consumption and waste by confronting our individual relationships with trash.