Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 Artisans Road Trip Artist Judy Thompson

"Tallgrass Trek"
Watercolor Painting © Judy Thompson
Open prairies, wide skies and rugged vistas await local artist Judy Thompson.  Selected as an Artist-in-Residence with the National Park Service, Thompson will be setting up her studio on site at Badlands National Park, South Dakota, for four weeks this April. 

The Artist-in-Residence Program is a well established part of The National Park Service through the U.S. Department of Interior. Throughout our country’s history, artists have been asked to document and interpret our national parks, monuments and sites. The Artist-in-Residence program at Badlands National Park, was founded in 1966 and is open to all professional artists—writers, composers and all visual and performing artists.  The program’s goal is “to provide an avenue for artists to translate preservation of this place into images that evoke responses in those who may never visit Badlands National Park.” 

Thompson will be living for four weeks within the remote park setting.  Part of her residency will include the presentation of an interpretive art education program to students (K-8) at Interior Elementary School.  Most of her time, however, will be self directed in which Thompson will explore the relationships between man and his landscape in the context of the Western plains – specifically the Badlands ecosystem.  “By immersing myself in this unique, rugged landscape, I would like to create a body of work which captures the beauty and history of these rugged plains,” claims Thompson.

"Wide Open"
Watercolor Painting © Judy Thompson

Selection for the Badland’s Artist-in-Residence Program is based on artistic integrity, ability to reside in a remote rural area, willingness to donate a finished piece of work inspired during the stay, and the artist’s ability to relate to school age children.  A single residency is offered both in the spring and in the fall of each year.

Thompson was previously selected as Artist-in-Residence at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska.  During her two week stay, she explored the stories of the first homesteaders who claimed land under the Homestead Act of 1862.  Her resulting Homestead Series is currently on tour in Nebraska to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this monumental legislation. 

To learn more and to view her art, visit:

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