Black Rock Desert artist in residence up for grabs |

Black Rock Desert artist in residence up for grabs

Claire Cudahy
Lewis Williams created this interpretation of Black Rock Point during his 2015 artist in residence at Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area.
Courtesy / BLM |

Before 70,000 people descend on the Black Rock Desert to take part in Burning Man this summer, two artists will have the opportunity to enjoy the vast landscape in relative solitude.

The Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District and Friends of Black Rock High Rock are now accepting applications for an artist-in-residence program at the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area.

The two selected artists will have the opportunity to spend two weeks in the conservation area in May or June and create at least one piece of artwork inspired by the landscape. The artwork they create will be featured in an exhibition in the summer or fall of 2017.

The residency includes a $350 stipend plus room and board.

The program is open to artists working in any field — painters, photographers, sculptors, cinematographers, poets and musicians, to name a few — who are 18 years or older and U.S. residents.

Located in northwestern Nevada, the Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area contains 1.2 million acres of public lands and is the largest conservation area in the 48 contiguous states.

The area is home to the Black Rock Desert Playa (where the land speed record of 763 miles per hour was set in 1997), natural hot springs, old mines and camps, a spring-fed wetland, the rainbow-hued Calico Mountains, and the narrow gorge of High Rock Canyon. It also encompasses nearly 120 miles of historic wagon trails.

The Black Rock-High Rock artist in residence program started in 2014, and so far has hosted two photographers, two painters, a knitting and textile artist, and a sculptor.

“It is exciting to see how the selected artists interpret the dramatic landscapes of the Black Rock National Conservation Area, and we look forward to reviewing this year’s submissions,” said Kathy Ataman, artist in residence project lead for the BLM.

The 2017 call for submissions will be open until March 31. Applicants are required to submit a resume, statement of purpose, samples of artwork and a response to the application questionnaire. A panel of jurors will select the two artists.

For more information, visit or call 775-557-2900.

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