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Community Artist of the South Eastern Utah Group of Parks is Announced

December 22, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group is pleased to announce Anthony Lott as the 2017 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP). This is the first time the program will feature an artist residing in San Juan County, and focus on the southern parks of the group.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Anthony lives in Bluff and teaches drawing, painting, ceramics, and art appreciation at the Blanding Campus of Utah State University. He has recreated in Utah’s national parks his whole life, calling them “touchstones” and “places were people intersect with the land and with each other.” Anthony is excited to try offering a drawing workshop and doing some collaborative art projects during his term as CAIP. Most of all, he looks forward to interacting with visitors while experiencing the shared landscapes of the Southeast Utah parks.

Created in 2009, the CAIP program highlights the connection between a local artist and the surrounding landscapes, particularly Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

The Community Artist creates work within the parks during a minimum 24 hours per month, April through October, and shares his or her inspiration and creative process with visitors. Pieces of the artist’s work will be sold in the Canyonlands Natural History Association bookstores at Arches and Canyonlands national parks during the artist’s tenure.

For more information about the program, please see the official park websites below. More information about the artist and his scheduled visits to the parks will be posted on these websites starting mid-March. Inquires may be directed to Karen Garthwait via phone at 435-719-2142 or via email. Chad Niehaus, the Community Artist in the Parks Liaison, may also be contacted for program information via email.

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