During National Park Week, we gathered a handful of past Artists-in-Residence (AiR) to have a roundtable discussion on the intersection of art in the park. Below are the profiles of participating artists. Here we get to explore art in process and other work that’s taken shape over the past few years.
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During my residency, I was interested in exploring the trails and landscape within the park by foot but I was also looking for ruins or remnants of the people who lived in the mountains before the park was established. I’m really fascinated about how the land has transformed back into wild space. Therefore I hiked a lot of blue blazes and made my own trail circuits to find remnants of homes, family cemeteries and past communities; the goal was to document what I found and incorporate this into my print work.
View one of Jennifer’s virtual programs from 2020, here.
Paul Chojnowski began burning and scorching wood and paper to create his images in the early 1990’s. Since then, his fire drawings have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in art centers, museums and galleries nationally. His current work evolved as a result of his conscious effort to embrace art historical traditions while rejecting the traditional processes.
View one of Paul’s virtual programs from 2020, here.
Cody Brothers is a New Mexico native currently residing in Pecos, NM. Cody and his wife are the owner-operators of Vision Photo Lab in Santa Fe, NM. Cody’s expertise as a photographer and printer ensure his personal involvement in all aspects of his photography from image capture through print production. Cody works nearly exclusively with infrared film using a range of cameras including a 4×5, a 6×17 panoramic and a pinhole. His analog captures are scanned and output as black and white digital chromogenic prints.
View one of Cody’s virtual features from 2020 called “Is Film Better than Digital Photography?”
Malia is a bluegrass fiddler born and raised in the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley and her artistic formation is steeped in the traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains. “In traditional American music, the mountains are an integral part of the music; they weave themselves into every strain and through the lyrics of countless songs.” said Malia.
Watch a performance from the Front Porch, HERE.
Kevin H. Adams
Kevin H. Adams has a long association with America’s national parks. For the 75th Anniversary of Shenandoah National Park in 2012, the Park Trust commissioned a limited edition giclée print of Kevin’s iconic “Old Rag and the Piedmont,” and he was named Artist in Residence at Shenandoah National Park in 2017. The works from that residency have been exhibited in the Park, at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, and at the Gay Street Gallery.
View an incredible Time Lapse video from Kevin’s residency in Shenandoah.
During his residency, Stace used his artistic talent and creativity to engage visitors in the form of documentary videos and public programs. “My work focuses on creating vibrant educational documentary films that capture the essence of learning experiences. I specifically try to convey the enthusiasm and personal connection my subjects have with their work and the impact of place on inspiration.”
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