Artist in Wilderness

Meet our 2018 artists!

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. Candidates are selected by a jury of regional artists, collectors, and arts administrators. Past participants have represented a variety of visual mediums. For 2018 we are asking for artists who create wearable jewelry inspired by nature and/or by using natural materials.

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

Wilderness Workshop will provide selected participants with housing, a hiking guide if requested, a $1,500 stipend, and reimbursement for travel to/from Aspen for up to $1,000 ($400 for Colorado residents). Good health and endurance are essential. The artist will be responsible for his/her own food, equipment and materials, and will be expected to comply with all relevant USFS/BLM regulations (which we are happy to provide guidance about).

Each Artist in Wilderness will provide Wilderness Workshop with one original piece valued at $1,500 or higher, inspired by the experience. These pieces of art will form the basis of a fundraising auction, which takes place every few years to benefit Wilderness Workshop. Additionally, he/she shall give the organization reproduction rights and high resolution digital images of at least five works resulting from the residency.  Wilderness Workshop will use these images to promote the organization’s goals and to perpetuate the AIW program. All pieces/images must be delivered to Wilderness Workshop by the end of the year.

*Interested in supporting Wilderness Workshop’s Artist in Wilderness program? You can’t have a residency without a residence.  We need housing for our 2018 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:

Meet last year’s artists!

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.