Wisconsin artist Betsy Popp is the North Rim's first artist-in-residence for the 2008 season.
Popp is a wildlife and landscape artist from Townsend, Wis., who works with many mediums. During her North Rim residency, she will be working with pastels.
"While light is forever moving, changing, and remodeling our surroundings, pastel captures that moment in permanent, vibrant color." said Popp. "I capture the reality of a moment with the immediacy of light and color in my pastels."
Not only has Popp been creating and exhibiting her work for more than 18 years, she has been an art instructor as well. She has won numerous awards and recognitions using her talent with various mediums, and some of her work has been published.
This is Popp's fifth National Park Artist-In-Residency.
Popp will be on the North Rim through July 1. Her participation in the North Rim's Artist-in-Residence program continues the legacy of art in our national parks. The Artist-in-Residence program on the North Rim began in 2002 with a resident writer. Artists from around the world typically compete for three residencies per year - spring, summer and fall. Artistic mediums can include painting, pen and ink drawing, charcoal, sculpture, wood working, photography, dance, music or writing.
The artistic heritage of the west began with the artwork and photography that accompanied the Yellowstone Expedition of 1871. This art helped to influence the establishment of Yellowstone as our first national park in 1872.
Current artist-in-residence programs at Grand Canyon, as well as at other parks around the country, preserve that memory today. The nation and the National Park system are changing. So too has a new generation of artists, who have emerged with contemporary techniques and bold new mediums.
It is the task of these new artists to help frame our invaluable national heritage in enduring words and images for those who visit now, those who will come later and for those who will know the parks only in this artistic legacy.
Popp will present a special evening program at the Grand Canyon Lodge auditorium on Friday. Check with the North Rim Visitor Center for more information.
For more on the Artist-in-Residence program, including the application process for the 2010 residency, visit www.nps.gov/grca/support yourpark/air.htm.