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DAREN REDMAN TO BE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM IN 2015

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Daren, whose textile work juried to become part of the Indiana Artisan brand in 2008, chose to explore the Grand Canyon’s water conservation issues during her residency after experiencing water outages during the 2008 flood in Brown County.

(March 10, 2014) Daren Redman will be living on the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim as part of the Artist-in-Residence program in 2015.  A panel of artists and National Park Service representatives selected Daren and four others from a pool 110 for the annual honor bestowed upon five artists nationwide.

According to the National Park Service, “The Artist-in-Residence program offers the selected artists an opportunity to present their work to an international audience through public demonstrations, formal artist talks, workshops, and performances, while also giving the artists the often-elusive gift of focused time to pursue their own artistic goals and projects. The experience of an extended stay in a National Park and World Heritage Site gives artists a rare opportunity to creatively explore and respond to this astounding and intimidating landscape.”

A textile Wall Hanging by Daren, entitled "Summer Flowers"

A textile Wall Hanging by Daren, entitled “Summer Flowers”

A Brown County-based textile artist, Daren will be in-residence for three weeks at the North Rim in the summer of 2015, where she will hand-dye cottons, silks and linens using very little water. Afterward, she will create a large-scale textile installation to reflect the colors in the canyon, colors that will be an exploration of the geology, river and landscapes she will experience after hiking to and around the floor of the canyon.

The National Park Service reports, “The north and south rim programs have become quite competitive, selecting mostly mid- and late-career artists, working at the top of their fields, well-recognized and honored.”  As a North Rim Artist-in-Residence, Daren will live in, and work outside, an historic and rustic two-room cabin in the cool shade of the Park’s Ponderosa pines. Artists selected for in-residence posts, in other areas of the Grand Canyon, reflect a broad range of genres and traditions which speak to the various issues facing the Park.

The Artist-in-Residence program welcomes artists who work in the long-honored traditions of representational landscape photography and painting, and also encourages the involvement of artists working in new or experimental media.  Daren, whose textile work juried to become part of the Indiana Artisan brand in 2008, chose to explore the Grand Canyon’s water conservation issues during her residency after experiencing water outages during the 2008 flood in Brown County.

Her public outreach programs at the park will include a hands-on workshop with indigo and an artist talk about her textile art and community involvement. Once home, she intends to re-create the large installation in central Indiana.