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Artist-in-Residence application deadline March 1

The San Juan National Forest will accept applications for the Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program through March 1.

To be considered, applications must received by the San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301, by close of business on the March 1 deadline. The residency program is open to painters, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, sculptors, performers and other artists. Those selected for residencies will have the opportunity to stay at the historic Aspen Guard Station for one to two weeks during the summer or fall of 2011.

The Aspen Guard Station is a rustic log cabin set in an aspen grove 12 miles north of Mancos. It served as a ranger station for the U.S. Forest Service after being built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, it houses the Artist-in-Residence Program from June to September each year. In return for residencies, artists must make a donation to the program; share their talents with the public through exhibits, performances, open houses or workshops; and participate in an art show the following year.

Representatives of area art associations will choose six finalists and two alternates by no later than May 1. The Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the Dolores Public Lands Office and Cortez Cultural Center.

Information on the program and instructions on how to apply are available on the San Juan National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sanjuan/home by clicking on “Learning Center,” then “Aspen Guard Station.”