Mesa Verde National Park 2014 Artists in Residence Announced

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Date: April 24, 2014
Contact: Laurel Rematore, 970-529-4445
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

The 2014 Mesa Verde National Park Artists in Residence (AIR) have been selected. Each artist will offer a free public program in the park during their residency.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Venaya Yazzie, a young Navajo-Hopi painter from Farmington, NM, who recently graduated from Fort Lewis College, will be in residence May 5 through May 17. Her colorful paintings reflect Native feminine figures as well as Native symbolism. Her free public presentation will be on Thursday, May 15, 7:30 p.m., at Far View Lodge Library. Venaya's work can also be seen on her website at

Additional residencies were awarded as follows: Journalist Rob Galin will be in residence May 19 through June 1, with a public presentation on May 29. Michael Savage, who replicates Ancestral Puebloan pottery, will be in residence from September 1 through 14, with a public program on September 11. Hal Stewart, a world class sculptor, will be in residence from September 15 through 28, with a public presentation on September 25. Learn more about his work at Writer Sonja Horoshko and painter Ed Singer of Cortez will be in residence September 29 through October 12, with a public presentation on October 9.

Mesa Verde National Park’s AIR program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating art in our national parks. The AIR program is managed for the park by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. This year’s artists were selected from 65 applicants by a jury of four consisting of a park ranger and three professional artists. Learn more at

Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.

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