Since my first residency in Rocky Mountain National Park in 1993 I’ve loved reading the AIR journals found in the cabins, dune shacks, hogans, adobe houses and ranger apartments. It was fascinating to read about the adventures and explorations of those who went before.

As I’ve researched the AIR programs in our National Parks and Forests I’ve spent many hours searching online for journals, websites and work from artists who have gone before me in exploring these incredible landscapes. I’ve established correspondence with several and have felt a sense of community. It occurred to me that it would be great if we all had a meeting place to share experiences, tips, and our work. I hope this will be one of those places.

So if you have been an artist in residence in a national/state park or forest, please sign up and I’ll give you full privileges to post comments, journals, links and photos, and interact in what I hope will be a great online community. If you haven’t yet been an AIR but are interested in the program, I hope this site will inspire you and be a great resource for information on these incredible opportunities.

(Please email me if you have any questions or suspect something is not working right!)



5 comments for “About

  1. May 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Kathy for creating this community! I’m looking forward to my first AIR this summer at Guadalupe Mountains NP and would love to share the experience here.

    • May 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Congratulations on your residency, the Guadalupe Mountains NP Group page will be awaiting your contribution! We’d love to see the work you come up with also in the galleries. You are now upgraded to Author, thank you for joining!

  2. March 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Crater Lake looks like a great residency! I’ve created a group for it and hope you will let us know what it is like. Thanks for joining and congratulations on being chosen as Crater Lake AIR. I will add your GC journal link to our link list as well.

  3. March 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Deborah,
    I have visited Crater Lake NP but not as an artist in residence. I was there for only part of a day but you will love it. The blue of the water is unique in it intensity and hue.
    I just stopped at your website briefly, I think you will really enjoy the surface of the land – so many textures – great tree bark to look at as well.
    I look forward to reading and seeing your residency experience!

  4. March 17, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Kathy, great idea – well done for organising! My own journal from my AIR Grand Canyon is buried in my Blog at
    http://www.deborahbirdart.com/page34.htm . I was there for an amazing month May 2012, and returned back to the UK to host a solo exhibition. I am due to visit Crater Lake NP this Sept and will use my work with ice and paper to raise awareness of issues relating to Climate change. Roll on Sept! Be nice to hear from anyone who has been

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