Artist in Wilderness


Invisible Aerovanes, by 2012 Artists in Wilderness Terry Talty and Steuart Bremner.

Since 2008, the Artist in Wilderness program has offered one or two one-week residencies each year to allow artists to make works inspired by the lands that WW is working to protect.

Selected by a jury of regional artists and collectors, participants have worked in watercolors, oils, mixed media and photography. In 2012, the program shifted its focus to three-dimensional and land art, and the jury, presented with an exceptionally strong slate of candidates, selected four winners. Two completed their residencies this past fall and winter, and the others are queued up to do theirs this summer (see sidebar at right).

The Artist in Wilderness program seeks to honor the memory of Dottie Fox while promoting the importance of wilderness in our lives. A resident of Old Snowmass from the late 1960s until her passing in 2006, Dottie was known as much for her love of nature as for her art.

Dottie Fox

Dottie Fox. Photo courtesy Judy Hill Lovins.

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. As a watercolorist, she painted landscapes throughout the Colorado high country and the redrock deserts of Utah and Arizona, and mentored a generation of local artists.

Program details

The application deadline for the 2014-15 residencies is June 15, 2014. Access the Artist in Wilderness 2014-15 application here.

Artist in Wilderness residents are provided with housing, a guide as required, a $1,500 stipend, and reimbursement for travel to/from Aspen up to $1,000 ($400 for Colorado residents). Artists are responsible for 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 asked to donate to the Wilderness Workshop one original work made during the residency or inspired by it, and to license certain reproduction rights to other works from the residency to allow WW to raise funds for the program.