Bluff artist is named 2017 Community Artist in the Parks by NPS Southeast Utah Group
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Anthony Lott creates a painting in the scenic landscape of southeast Utah. Lott will serve as the 2017 NPS Community Artist in the Parks.				     Courtesy photo
Anthony Lott creates a painting in the scenic landscape of southeast Utah. Lott will serve as the 2017 NPS Community Artist in the Parks. Courtesy photo
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Bluff-based artist Anthony Lott has been selected as the 2017 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP), according to a news release from the National Park Service Southeast Utah Group. This is the first time the program will feature an artist residing in San Juan County, and focus on the southern parks of the group, NPS officials said.

Born in Salt Lake City, Lott lives in Bluff and teaches drawing, painting, ceramics, and art appreciation at the Blanding Campus of Utah State University.

He says he has recreated in Utah’s national parks his whole life, calling them “touchstones” and “places were people intersect with the land and with each other.”

Lott said he is excited to try offering a drawing workshop and doing some collaborative art projects during his term as CAIP. Most of all, he looks forward to interacting with visitors while experiencing the shared landscapes of the Southeast Utah parks.

Created in 2009, the CAIP program highlights the connection between a local artist and the surrounding landscapes, particularly Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

The Community Artist creates work within the parks during a minimum 24 hours per month, April through October, and shares his or her inspiration and creative process with visitors. The artist’s artwork will be sold in the Canyonlands Natural History Association bookstores at Arches and Canyonlands national parks during the artist’s tenure.

More information about the artist and his scheduled visits to the parks will be posted on the National Park Service Southeast Utah Group websites, which include Canyonlands and Arches national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments beginning in mid-March. Inquires about the CAIP program should be directed to Karen Garthwait at 435-719-2142 or emailed to Karen_Garthwait@nps.gov. Chad Niehaus, the Community Artist in the Parks liaison, can also be contacted for program information via email at Chad@moabart.com.

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