Two Durango artists are among the five chosen for the 2010 San Juan National Forest Artist-in-Residence Program at the
Aspen Guard Station.
Durango's Amy Vaclav-Felker and Chandler Wigton join Michigan poet Kathleen Heideman, New Mexico writer Irene Wanner
and Crawford artist Kathy Steckel as those selected for the program from 30 applicants by a panel of judges
representing the art communities of Cortez, Dolores and Mancos.
In addition, Bayfield's Carl Ellison was selected as the Teacher/Musician-in-Residence and Cortez artist Lisa Mueller
was named as an alternate for the Artist-in-Residence program and will serve a residency as well.
Residencies will take place this summer and fall at the Aspen Guard Station, a historic U.S. Forest Service ranger
station north of Mancos. Those selected stay at the station for one to two weeks. Residents are required to donate
either a piece of work representing their experience while at the cabin or a monetary donation for cabin maintenance.
They are also asked to share their talents with local communities through free public workshops and participate in an
annual art show next year.
Ann Bond, public affairs specialist for the San Juan Public Lands Center and the program coordinator for the
Artist-in-Residence program, said some workshops will include field trips to the Aspen Guard Station and others will be
hosted at the Cortez Cultural Center.
Bond said about 100 artists, writers and musicians have stayed in the historic cabin since the program's inception in
1995. The inaugural class included locals Ken Wright, Paul Pennington, Maureen May and Sari Ross.
Vaclav-Felker's stay from July 18 to Aug. 1 will be her second. She served a residency in 2002 for papier-mâché
sculpture and her entry this year is for Day of the Dead shadow boxes. Former Artists-in-residence may reapply under a
You have to do something new and unique to be reselected, so she obviously impressed the judges," Bond said.
Wigton's residency will take place from Sept. 5-19.
The Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program is operated by the Dolores Public Lands Office in partnership with
the Cortez Cultural Center. The goal is to enhance awareness of natural and cultural resources on public lands in
creative ways. Applications are accepted annually from Jan. 1 to March 1.