Artist in Wilderness


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

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

Chosen by a jury of regional artists and collectors, participants have worked in all a variety of visual mediums, including land art.  For 2015, the program focused on its roots with residencies in painting and drawing. This years’ artists include Joellyn Duesberry, Michelle Podgorski, Val Rossman, Steven Walker and Ellen Woods.
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.

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

Mary Dominick and Sven Coomer

Mary Dominick (pictured with Sven Coomer) has led the Artist in Wilderness program since its inception.

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
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.

The application deadline for 2016 residencies is November 30, 2015. Apply through WESTAF CaFÉ.
For more information about the Artist in Wilderness program, contact Lynn Waldorf at: lynn (at) wildernessworkshop (dot) org


Recent Media Coverage

For artists in residence, wilderness is setting and subject, Aspen Times, Sept. 6, 2015
Features artist Michelle Podgorski during her summer residency

Summer Newsletter Article, Wild Works newsletter, Summer 2015
AIW has a new director, Artists “In their own words”

The Art of WildernessWild Works newsletter, Winter 2014-15
The Art of Wilderness art auction