Deborah Burian Named Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence for September 2018 Las Cruces, New Mexico

Deborah Burian Named Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence for September 2018

Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Bureau of Land Management and Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks announces the selection of Deborah Burian to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence Program.  The program utilizes the artist’s unique skills to depict the historic, cultural, geologic, and plant and wildlife features that provide a deeper understanding of public lands.

Deborah Burian is an award-winning artist who is visually inspired both by wide expanses and the secrets found in hidden hollows.   Burian’s work has been described as “luminous” and “exciting” and has been accepted and displayed in many national and regional juried shows, including the national prairie show, “Horizontal Grandeur,” “National Watermedia Oklahoma,” and the biennial traveling show “24 Works on Paper” sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

Burian has participated in a wide range of collaborative and teaching projects including teaching image composition to alternative education students, participating in the large-scale knit bomb project “The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes” and most recently as a contributing artist to “The Exquisite Corpse,” opening at Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City in October 2018.

Her ongoing watercolor project “This Land is Our Land” focuses on public land preservation and conservation, communicating the fragility of public lands and educating viewers regarding the continuing threats caused by lack of protection and awareness.

“It is an honor and absolutely thrilling to have been selected by the Friends of OMDPNM as the Artist in Residence for September 2018.  OMDPNM occupies a unique ecological and archeological niche in the New Mexico landscape and I treasure the opportunity to explore it at length.  I am especially pleased to have the opportunity to complete a community project involving hands-on-art for visitors at the monument; and am excited by the prospect of continuing the “This Land is Our Land” series in such a beautiful and delicate location.  My profound thanks go to the ‘Friends’ and I look forward to working with them to make this a wonderful experience for all.” said Deborah Burian.

The Artist in Residence program educates and promotes the appreciation, protection 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.

The selected Artist in Residence lives on Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument for the residency month, immersed in the landscape. “This program brings together an artist and our community, to provide both with a fresh and unique perspective on our public lands”, remarked Patrick Nolan, Executive Director of Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks.  Previous Artists in Residence at Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks include Meg G. Freyermuth, oil painter; Emmitt Booher, photographer; Kayla Blundell, mixed media artist; Heidi Annalise, oil painter; Gabriella Banegas, print maker artist and Oil Painter Cassandra Lockwood. As part of the residency requirements, artists host a community workshop during their stay to engage local residents on the monument.

For more information about the Artist in Residence Program or about the September Artist in Residence please contact Patrick Nolan at or visit our website at