Community Artist Program

The scenery within the national parks in southeast Utah inspired the creation of the Community Artist in the Parks program. The program began in 2009 as a way to highlight the connection between local artists and the landscapes contained within the parks of the National Park Service's Southeast Utah Group: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument.

The program gives visitors from across the globe an opportunity to see first-hand the results of artistic inspiration from wild nature. It provides local artists an ability to teach and demonstrate their medium and passion for creative expression.

Community artists host events throughout the summer where you can watch them in action, and even try your hand at some artwork. Click the link for the current artist (below) to see a schedule of upcoming park visits.

artist seated on red rock slab, rock wall behind
2020 Community Artist in the Parks Samantha Zim

Current Community Artist

Samantha Zim is the 2020 Community Artist in the Parks. Read more about her background and inspiration, and check her schedule to find her in the parks.

How can you connect with Sam even if you don't visit the park?

The artist selected for 2021 is Julia Buckwalter.


Art Galleries

Check out some of the artwork produced by community artists over the years.


Becoming a Community Artist

Interested in participating in the program? Browse the program FAQs, read about a Day in the Life of the Community Artist, or jump right to How to Apply.

The next open call for applications will be in the fall of 2019 for the 2020 season.

Last updated: June 3, 2020

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