Applications available for artist-in-residence program

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 2:16 AM

The San Juan National Forest will accept applications for its Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program from Jan. 1 through March 1, 2009.

Information on the program, instructions on how to apply, and a virtual reality tour of the cabin are available on the San Juan National Forest Web site at

The residency program is open to painters, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, art teachers, sculptors, performers and other artists.

Those selected for residencies will have the opportunity to stay at the historic Aspen Guard Station for one to two weeks during the summer or fall of 2009.

The Aspen Guard Station is a rustic log cabin set in an aspen grove 12 miles north of Mancos. It served as a ranger station for the U.S. Forest Service after being built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Today, it houses the Artist-in-Residence Program from June through September each year.

In return for residencies, artists make a donation to the program and share their talents with the public through exhibits, open houses and workshops.

Representatives of area art associations will choose six finalists and two alternates by no later than May 1, 2009.

Selection will be made solely on the basis of merit, without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, or physical ability.

However, because of its historical nature, the Aspen Guard Station does not meet American Disability Act standards, according to San Juan officials.

The Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the Dolores Public Lands Office in partnership with the Cortez Cultural Center.

For more information, contact Ann Bond at (970) 385-1219.