Call for Artists – Artist Residency 2022

We are excited to be hosting the Black Rock Desert NCA Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program for a 9th year in partnership with Bureau of Land Management Black Rock Field Office (BLM). Here you will find all the content you need to learn about and apply for our 2022 program. 

The Program

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

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY: Up to two weeks for each artist.

STIPEND: $900.


  • Submission Period: Feb 15, 2022 to Apr 15, 2022
  • Announcement of AiR Candidates: May 15, 2022
  • Residencies: June 1, 2022 to October 15, 2022 

*NO residencies from August 15 to September 10, 2022

Call for Artists

The Winnemucca District 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 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 15, 2022.

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 during the week of May 15, 2022

Preferred Method of Submission


We use a 3rd-party program to collect entries and jury the work. Please click the link below and follow the instructions to register and submit your application materials according to the submission guidelines on the platform. There is no charge for submissions.

Secondary Method of Submission

If for any reason, you are unable to submit online, please send submissions to the address below:

     Friends of Black Rock-High Rock 

     Attn: AiR Program Manager

     P.O. Box 224 

     Gerlach NV 89412

AiR 2022 Application for physical submission only

*This application MUST be mailed with all other application parts. Contact us with your questions, we want all entrants to be successful in submitting their material. Email:  

FAQ’s and other important information:

Sample Artwork Guidelines

If you are unable to use our preferred method for submission, please send all artwork and supplementary materials on a USB drive. An URL to view online content may also be included if desired but will not be considered as a substitute for digital images and files. Corrupt USB drives will prevent applications from being considered and we cannot accept submissions on a CD or DVD.

Artwork samples must showcase at least 6 but no more than 10 individual pieces or performances dated within the past five years. For each piece, please include an identification sheet as a word document with relevant information (title, medium, date, etc.) and saved within the USB. 

  • For still visual art mediums, please include 6-10 images (in JPG or TIF formats). Up to two videos with combined run times of no more than 4 minutes (as MP4 or AVI) may also be submitted if desired.
  • For video mediums, please submit 2-3 videos with a combined run time of no longer than 10 minutes in MP4 or AVI formats.
  • For audio mediums, please submit 2-3 soundbites with a combined run time of no longer than 10 minutes in MP3 or WAV formats.
  • For literary submissions, please submit 2-5 samples in standard 12pt font, double spaced, not to exceed 10 pages.

If you feel these stipulations may prevent your artwork from being communicated effectively and would like to request another submission format please contact  Stacey Wittek at