Artist in Residence program

“The Wizard’s Home” (detail) 2015 Meg G. Freyermuth

The Artist in Residence program hosts an artist at Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument twice a year, during the months of May and September. The Artist in Residence Program provides an artist and the public an opportunity to interact to better enhance the understanding of our public lands as well as the unique qualities an artist’s eye can capture. 

Fall 2017 Artist in Residence


Gabriella Banegas — Printmaker

“I’m super excited to return to New Mexico to be the fall Artist in Residence. I have always been very inspired by the Organ Mountains but I have always painted them from my studio on the other side of the world. I am very curious to see what kind of magical transformation will happen to my artwork once I get the chance to work in the New Mexican landscape.”

Previous Artists in Residence

May 2017 Artist in Residence


Heidi Annalise is a Denver-based oil painter focused primarily on capturing the beauty of the natural world. Floating between realism and impressionism, her artwork adds an element of fantasy and whimsy through heightened colors and streamlined shapes. Her goal is to adorn indoor spaces with extraordinary vistas, to beautify ordinary days, and to remind everyone to seize every opportunity to go exploring.

“I’m delighted to serve as the artist-in-residence at Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument in May 2017. As a visitor from Colorado, I look forward to learning more about this land, and its relationship to the local people, both past and present. My goal is to retell this story through my art as part of the ongoing discussion about the importance of public lands.”


Works created during Residency

September 2016 Artist in Residence


Kayla Blundell was born in West Texas. She moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 2011.  She is an artist and photographer.  She was first inspired by the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. From their inspiration, her passion for art has grown, and she is motivated for others to see her work through her eyes. Her artwork ranges from representational landscapes to abstracts in which many of her artworks include elements of surrealism.

“I am truly grateful to be selected as the Artist-In-Residence for the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument for September 2016.  It’s my goal to promote the natural beauty of the Organs and to share awareness to preserve its historical value, so that generations from now the Organs will still be as beautiful as today because of the part we can play in helping to preserving it.”

Works created during Residency

May 2016 Artist in Residence

Emmitt Booher was born in eastern New Mexico and has resided in the Mesilla Valley with his wife since 1990. He is a full-time photographer, working in both traditional black-and-white film processes and digital imaging. His artistic goal is to use photography not only documents the world around us, but also evokes mindfulness and contemplation within the observer.

“It is an honor to be named the May 2016 Artist-In-Residence  for the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. I look forward to representing the rich legacy of the Artist-In-Residence program while promoting public awareness of the treasures within the monument.”

Emmitt’s website is:

Works created during Residency

September 2015 Artist in Residence

Meg G. Freyermuth utilizes her unique skills to depict the historic, cultural, geologic, and plant and wildlife features that provide a deeper understanding of public lands.

“I am thrilled to be the first Artist-In-Residence for the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument this September. The AiR program is key in the historical preservation, documentation, and promotion of public lands. Participating in this program will help me achieve my own goals of supporting & promoting our nation’s public lands and wilderness areas through artistic documentation.”

Meg’s website is:

Works created during Residency