Oil Painter Cassandra Lockwood Named Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence for May 2018

The Bureau of Land Management and Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks announces the selection of Cassandra Lockwood 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.

Cassandra Lockwood attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in 1997, which was primarily focused on oil paintings. She also extensively studied how cultural identify informs contemporary art on the US/Mexico Border.  She also received a Master’s of Arts in History in 2003 from New Mexico State University. She continues to exhibit in various galleries and art centers individually and with Border Artists organization.

“I’m excited to become a part of the OMDPNM AiR Residency this May! I’m looking forward to catching the moments on the mountain that will shape my work. The sky, the wind, the texture of rock will all be explored through painting. This experience is a gift that will shape me as an artist, as well. I’m truly honored to have been selected!” Cassandra Lockwood said.

“The Organ Mountains mean so much to me, and this is so special that this is my first artist residency! I hope you join me for a sketch and hike during the month of May! Let’s celebrate and share the unique qualities that define our monument through art making.” Cassandra Lockwood said. The Artist will be on Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument from May 1 – 31, 2018.

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; and Gabriella Banegas, print maker artist. 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 May Artist in Residence please contact Patrick Nolan at director@organmtnfriends.org or visit our website at www.organmountainsdesertpeaks.org .