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2014 Artist-in-Residence Program

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Call for Artists

Friends of Black Rock – High Rock, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative, pilots an Artist-in-Residence program at the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA) in Spring 2014. Two artist residencies will be scheduled for two-week periods during May or June. Applications will be accepted over six-weeks, with a postmarked deadline of March 28, 2014.

The Black Rock National Conservation Area

The Black Rock Desert NCA is one of three in Nevada within the sixty-four National Conservation Lands units administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Each year, over 200,000 visitors travel to the Black Rock Desert NCA’s 1.2 million acres to recreate, travel throughout and hike its 900 miles of rustic roads, experiencing its diverse wildlife, historic emigrant trails and to primitive camp under unfettered dark skies. The best known gateway to this NCA is through Gerlach, NV, located about 117 miles north of Reno off Hwy 447. This landscape continues to exclude development, mining, and is the largest landmass in the US which still reflects the struggles of the early pioneers.

Artists chosen for this opportunity will engage with a small community audience and experience the vast open landscapes of this American frontier. Public programs and community outreach projects, and an exhibition of the artists work will be hosted at the Visitor Center in Gerlach as well as a gallery in Reno. Resident artists will be ambassadors of the Black Rock Desert NCA, working to promote awareness of the need for conservation and stewardship of this and other National Conservation Lands in the United States.

 Late Spring in 1.2 Million Acres of the National Conservation Area

In late Spring 2014, the Black Rock Desert Artist-in-Residence program, will host two emerging or established artists, working in two-dimensional media (painting, printmaking, photography, etc.). Artists need not be a Nevada resident. Two weeks of housing will be provided in the local community of Gerlach which will be accompanied by a small stipend of $350.00 to offset expenses.

The artists works will be printed and presented at both the state and national levels of the Department of the Interior and other government agencies, as well as online with the BLM and Friends of Black Rock – High Rock. Prints will also be used as a fundraiser for the Friends organization. Artist’s will participate in a Gerlach school program during their stay, as well as, speak at the annual Rendezvous over Memorial Day Weekend on the desert. Each artist will be responsible for donating at least one piece of art completed during their residency which will be featured in a culminating exhibition of works at the Visitor Center in Summer of 2014.

Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications will be accepted until a postmarked-deadline of March 28, 2014. Selected artists will be notified no later than April 16, 2014.

Click here to download the application PDF

With both showcase methods, if not supplying a web link (Dropbox, Photoshelter, etc.) please mail two DVD’s of your work to:

Friends of Black Rock
320 Main Street
Gerlach Nevada 89412

For more details contact or call 775.557.2900