Applications Now Open for

Fall 2017 Residency 

September 1 – 30, 2017

Program sponsored by Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Bureau of Land Management/Las Cruces District Office.


Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21st, 2014. As part of the National Conservation Lands System the nearly 496,000 acres are some of the Southwest’s most iconic landscapes.

The Monument is the current backdrop to Las Cruces, New Mexico, but has a long history where Geronimo and Billy the Kid once roamed, the Butterfield stagecoach meandered, and World War II pilots trained. It is home to diverse geological, biological and cultural resources. The diversity of landscapes, wildlife and hidden desert treasures provide artists endless inspiration.

Mission Statement

The Artist in Residence partnership between the Friends and BLM educates and promotes the appreciation, protections and preservation of natural and cultural resources on public lands. The residency provides an artist and public an opportunity to interact to better enhance the understanding of the public lands as well as the unique qualities an artist’s eye can capture.


Organ Mountains Desert Peaks surrounds Las Cruces, New Mexico, at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and Interstate 25. The Monument is located one hour north of El Paso Texas (nearest airport), three hours South of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and four hours east of Tucson, Arizona by automobile.

Residency Details

Friends and BLM award the selected artist the opportunity to live and work in and around Las Cruces, NM. Work completed during the residency should represent the Monument. The next Residency will take place in September of 2017.

Artists selected for Residency will be provided with:
  • A monetary stipend of $500 upon completion of the Residency.
  • Housing provided by BLM.
  • Recognition of achievement in press releases, advertising and promotional materials, and on our websites.
In exchange for:
  • One creative community project (workshop, demonstration, etc) proposed by the artist and approved by Friends/BLM to be executed during the residency period.
  • One public event (meet and greet/reception) to be held during the residency period.
  • One public showing at venue approved by the Friends to be completed after showing.
  • One completed artwork for the Friends collection, completed within the National Monument.
  • Artist shall select work/s to be licensed to BLM and Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks under the terms of licensing agreement.

Fall 2017 Residency Applications


The residency will begin on September 1 and end on September 30
Entries for the 2017 Fall Residency must be received via email on or before July 14, 2017.
Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Notifications will be made to finalists by July 21, 2017.


The residency is open to all professional artists over 18 years of age who are United States residents and who apply within the deadline period. Selection is solely based on merit, without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, employer, or physical ability (see “American Disability Act–ADA” section below). Department of the Interior employees and their relatives are eligible to submit applications to the program.


As stated above, the residency provides opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of the National Conservation Lands and their connection to the local community. We believe that creativity and art give us an opportunity for such dialogue among the diverse perspectives held in this community. There are no set parameters for the community project. We welcome bold and creative ideas for engaging the community beyond a lecture or painting workshop.


The selected artist will conduct at least two public events during the residency. The Creative Community Project is described above and is intended to engage the community with the artist and the land. An artist meet and greet/reception will also take place during the residency. The details of these events will be discussed and coordinated with the selected artist prior to the start of the residency to provide time for scheduling, outreach, and marketing.


A stipend of $500.00 for residency will be provided by FOMDP on the last day of the Artist in Residence program.  Housing provided by BLM.


Artist is responsible for all personal expenses including travel, meals, cell phone, internet access, laundry, etc.


FOMDP will own the donated artwork. Donated artwork may be reproduced in FOMDP and/or BLM promotional print materials or electronic publication formats as well as for prints to be made, all proceeds from donated artwork will be used to support the AiR program. The artist will retain copyright of the art by AiR at FOMDP. When the artist reproduces this artwork for his/her own purposes, publication information will include the language: “Artwork produced under the Artist-in-Residence at Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument Program.”

The artist agrees that the artwork donated to AiR at OMDPNM Program may be used in exhibits and for educational purposes by FOMDP or BLM or by their non-profit cooperating associations.


The selected artist will agree to be an official BLM Volunteer during the residency and must agree to sign and abide by the official BLM Volunteer Agreement during the residency period. As such the artist is protected by such insurance appropriate to the BLM Volunteer Agreement (DOI Form 1114-4).


Selected artist will abide by all local, state, and federal laws including all BLM rules and regulations during the residency. BLM managers, the national BLM Artist-in-Residence program office, and/or the FOMDP director have the right to cancel the artist’s residency immediately for inappropriate behavior, serious disregard for safety, or failure to comply with BLM regulations. The selected artist will be official BLM volunteers, and are encouraged to promote appropriate site etiquette, Leave-No-Trace principles, and landscape conservation in any public contacts while acting as the resident artist at OMDPNM.


Every effort will be made by FOMDP/BLM staff to accommodate disabled participants. However, the donated housing may require use of stairs, and accommodation corresponding to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards may be unavailable due to the historic or primitive nature of facilities in field locations.


The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Artist-In-Residence Program is managed by Friends Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and both the Las Cruces District Office of the BLM.  The works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our national conservation lands creating a legacy preserved for present and future generations.


A panel of five professionals from diverse artistic disciplines and interests will choose one artist, with one alternate. Selection is based on artistic merit and Statement of Purpose.


Artists must submit application materials and art samples exactly as indicated on the entry form (link below). Insufficient or excess materials are causes for application rejection, as is an artist’s proposed use of a work already in progress as a residency project.


All applicants must submit via email:

1. Statement of Interest for Residency, not to exceed one page in length in .doc or .docx format addressing:

  • Specific focus of project.
  • Relevance of this project to the National Monument.
  • Potential for personal growth during residency.

2. Samples of Artistic Work. Submit files as appropriate:

  • Visual Artists (Photographers, Painters, etc.)
    5 High Resolution Images in jpg or tif format.