Artist-in-Residence Program


Capitol Reef National Park's Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program at Capitol Reef National Park offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. “This residency program is an exciting progression of our relationship with the artist community, and will give visitors the chance to know Capitol Reef in a new and different way, through the eyes of an artist,” said former Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Leah McGinnis who helped form the program in 2017.

In 2022 the park is offering one night sky photographer residency for 2-4 weeks. As an International Dark Sky Park, we are interested in engaging in art and culture with our dark skies.

The park also offers three artists a choice of residency of 2-4 weeks during the months of January thru November for visual and performing artists, writers and composers.

The selected artist will be given rent-free use of a furnished park house and will also receive a $500 contribution from The Entrada Institute to assist with travel and supply expenses.

This Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Capitol Reef National Park, in partnership with the Capitol Reef Natural History Association and The Entrada Institute.

The application period for 2022 is closed. Applications for 2023 will be accepted in September of 2022.

2022 Artists-in-Residence

Lorraine Bubar 2022 Artist-in-Residence
Lorraine Bubar, Papercut Artist

Lorraine Bubar

Papercut Artist - April 2022

Lorraine Bubar works in Los Angeles, California. She studied at UCLA and Yale University where she began a career in animation, that included animating television commercials and effects for films and film titles. She then pivoted to teaching and taught animation and earned a Masters in Art Education and taught studio arts to all ages. Bubar exhibits her art across the country and internationally, including Germany, Lithuania, and Shanghai. She has illustrated children's books and a calendar published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Bubar was a featured artist in American Craft Magazine. Her love of hiking and traveling has led her to Artist-in-Residencies at Denali, Zion, Petrified Forest, and Lassen Volcanic National Parks. Her work, cut out of paper, illustrates the fragility of ecosystems around the world and in our urban landscapes.

Marty Kotter, Artist-in-Residence 2022
Marty Kotter, Fiber Artist

Marty Kotter

Fiber Artist - May 2022

Fiber artist Mary Kotter is coming to Capitol Reef as an AIR this spring. After a career as a public school teacher and a park naturalist, she is pursuing her art full time. She melds her knowledge of nature with her painting skills and her love of fiber to produce unique art quilts from hand painted silk. The silk gives a luminous glow, and the quilting adds texture and dimension. She is excited about capturing the fantastic landscapes of Capitol Reef in her work. Natural landscapes and their creatures are the main subjects of her art quilts. In each piece, she hopes to draw the viewer in and promote stewardship with the land and its creatures. Her work can be seen at

Steve Dudrow, 2022 Artist-in-Residence
Steve Dudrow, Night Sky Photographer

Steve Dudrow

Night Sky Photography - July

Steve Dudrow is a retired software application architect with a forty plus year career in Information Technology. After a stint as full time RV'ers volunteering for the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service, my wife of forty-eight years and I moved to Mesquite, Nevada in 2016 ostensibly to be close to and volunteer at the nation's newest National Monument, Gold Butte. My days are spent volunteering for the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Utah Division of State History, Nevadans for Cultural Preservation and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance concentrating on Cultural/Historic site preservation and Wilderness protection.

Over the past two years I have plunged into a new line of retiree enjoyment writing and illustrating children's books based on adventures of our grandson Teddy. Our books introduce subjects like science, public lands, archaeology, cultural respect, and space to young readers.

My primary photography interests are the Milky Way, airplanes, and rodeos. you can find my work in Nevada Magazine, South China Morning Post, various trade publications, US Fish and Wildlife brochures and public lands focused non-profits web sites. It gives me most pleasure to use my photography skills for public lands projects capturing volunteers doing good things for nature and on the downside but necessary, documenting wilderness and cultural site incursions and damage caused by humans.

I am looking forward to my stint at Capitol Reef National Park to combine the natural beauty of our beloved red rocks with the mystery of the ever-moving night sky objects.

Jennifer Alexander, 2022 Artist-in-Residence
Jennifer Alexander, Beadweaving Artist

Jennifer Alexander

Beadweaving - August 2022

Jennifer Alexander is an emerging artist, excited to pursue her love of beadweaving full-time after retiring from a career in the military. She is inspired by the colors, shapes, and patterns of nature in her beaded works. She has a PHD in Meteorology and is passionate about merging science and art, creating wearable pieces that are visual representations of scientific data. She was selected for an artist residency at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA, in 2022 and has had her work displayed in the Permanent Professor Gallery at the US Air Force Academy.



If you have any questions, please contact Penni Torgerson at 435-425-4101.


Selections are made by Capitol Reef National Park staff, park partners and community arts leaders based on merit and how the artists’ work can communicate the park’s national significance and its relevance to park visitors. While artists may indicate the session of their preference, selection for that session is not guaranteed.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Artists-in-Residence are enrolled in the Volunteers-in-Parks program. The artist works an average of 40 hours of work per week in the park or other approved locations.

During the residency, the artist presents one 45-minute public interpretive program for a two-week residency or two 45-minute presentations for a four-week residency either in the park and/or at The Entrada Institute.

No later than six months after an artist’s residency, the artist will donate an original, Capitol Reef-inspired product to the Capitol Reef Natural History Association (CRNHA). The Superintendent of the park will select the piece to be donated. Artwork must be framed with glass, if appropriate, and prepared for hanging before donation. Contributed works will be held by the CRNHA and will be in the public domain, and not subject to copyright laws.

Lodging and Area Information:

The AiR will be lodged for free in temporary park housing within the Historic Fruita District. Utilities are included. ADA-compliant (standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act) housing is currently not available. The AiR will have a private bedroom and studio but may have shared common living areas, bathrooms and kitchen. Housing rules apply, such as no family or pets or smoking. Prior approval is required for guests.

The house is furnished and has a telephone line for local or phone card calls. Wi-Fi is provided however, there is no cell phone service in the park. A shared washer and dryer are available in the park to use. Kitchen includes major appliances (refrigerator, stove, sink), and some very basic utensils and dishes. The selected artist is responsible for bringing everything else he/she may need.

Dental and medical care, churches and groceries are available within 30 miles west of the park in Torrey, Bicknell and Loa. More extensive services are available in Richfield (population 7,500) located 75 miles to the west of the park.

To learn more about previous Capitol Reef Artists-in-Residence, visit the Past Artists page. View a selection of work from artists in the Artists in Residence photo gallery or the Music page.

Other Artist-in-Residency Programs across the National Park Service

Last updated: January 26, 2022

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