Artist in Wilderness

*Interested in supporting Wilderness Workshop’s Artist in Wilderness program? You can’t have a residency without a residence.  We need housing for four 2016 artist residencies. Each artist, 1 week in the Roaring Fork Valley,  June, August/September. Preferably a guest house or cabin that is not being used.  Wilderness Workshop will take full responsibility. Please contact Mary at:

Residency Program
The Artist in Wilderness program invites artists for one-week summer residencies near Aspen, Colorado. Since 2008, selected residents have been given the opportunity to create art in natural settings that WW is working to protect.

Chosen by a jury of regional artists and collectors, participants have worked in a variety of mediums, including land art. For 2016, the program has accepted professional artists working in wood, stone, clay, and glass. This year’s artists include Chris Condon, Barbara Cooper, Jason Kishell, and Alyssa Oxley. Click here to learn more about the artists.

Program History
The Artist in Wilderness program honors the memory of Wilderness Workshop co-founder Dottie Fox by promoting the importance of wilderness in our lives. Dottie expressed her reverence for nature through her art. She painted the landscapes that she sought to protect, and shared her love of art by teaching.

With fellow “Maroon Belles” Connie Harvey and Joy Caudill, Dottie co-founded the Aspen Wilderness Workshop and co-led the grassroots campaigns that secured the Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks and Raggeds Wilderness Areas, and more than doubled the size of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness! Dottie’s passion for wilderness and creative expression has been extended through the activities of our annual artist residents, who come to be inspired by the environs of the White River National Forest and share their response to the experience through an artistic medium.

Program Details
Selected artists will be provided with housing, a guide, a $1,500 stipend and reimbursement for travel. Artists are responsible for providing their own food, equipment and materials. Good health and endurance are essential.
Artists are expected to use their residency to derive inspiration from and make art in the White River National Forest or nearby federal public lands. They are required to donate one original work made during their residency or inspired by it to Wilderness Workshop, and to license certain reproduction rights to other works from the residency to help WW raise funds for future residencies.

Meet the 2016 selected Artists. Please stay tuned for the 2017 application.

For more information about the Artist in Wilderness program, contact Rebecca Mirsky at:



Mary Dominick and Sven Coomer

Many thanks to Mary Dominick-Coomer (pictured with Sven Coomer)
who has led the Artist in Wilderness program since its inception.