Whiskeytown Calls to Plein Air Artists

2010 Whiskeytown Artist-in-Residence, Jacqueline Moses

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s Artist-in-Residence Program is seeking submissions from professional plein air artists to apply for the park’s 2012 residencies. Selected artists will have the opportunity to spend up to four weeks in an artists’ cabin in Whiskeytown to produce new works. Whiskeytown is one of fewer than thirty Artist-in-Residence programs in the national park system.

Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, will juror this year’s submissions. Stern is a recognized authority on California Impressionism and has extensive experience in the field as an author, curator, lecturer, and educator. The deadline for entry is February 29, 2012. In exchange for their stay, artists selected for residencies will be asked to conduct at least one program for the public, and to donate a piece of art reflective of their time at Whiskeytown.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located approximately 3½ hours north of the San Francisco Bay Area and 2 hours north of Sacramento. Whiskeytown is situated just seven miles west of Redding, California. The park features 39,000 acres of forests and a beautiful 3,200-acre lake nestled among the hills and valleys of California’s Klamath Mountains. The cabin is a great base from which to explore the park by boat, car, or on foot.

    Plein Air Artists are asked to submit the following:

  1. Artist resume and exhibition record.
  2. Statement of intent for residency, not to exceed one page in length, to include: Relevance of work to nature & specific focus of project to be completed during residency.
  3. Sample of artistic works: 5-8 recent images on CD.
  4. Indication of preferred residency dates.

Please mail all submissions to:
Whiskeytown Artist-in-Residence Coordinator
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 188, Whiskeytown, CA 96095

For more information and application details, please contact Sheila Edridge via email at whiskeytown.art@gmail.com. For more information on Whiskeytown, please contact the Visitor Center by calling (530) 246-1225 daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/whis.

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