Grand Canyon South Rim Artist-in-Residence October 2013

Press Release

Photographer and mixed-media artist Kathleen Brennan  from Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, is Artist-in-Residence October 2013.

Kathleen’s diverse body of work explores the idea of the transformative process of our world, both culturally and environmentally. She’s interested in capturing the beauty of the subtle – in both her landscapes and portraits.

She has photographed the high plains deserts decimated by the dust storms of the 1930s, the surgical scars on a woman undergoing breast cancer treatment, and the changing appearance of a man dying of AIDS. Her work tenderly exposes the vulnerability and strength of these diverse subjects in order to evoke a protective response from her viewers – with empathy comes action and advocacy.

While in-residence, Kathleen intends to document the four elements – earth, water, fire and air – as they sculpt the environment of the Grand Canyon ecosystems. She’ll be working with soundscapes, video and time-lapse photography to create final work that expresses the transitory nature of the desert southwest, as well as the slow processes that literally and figuratively shape how people view this rarest of landscapes.

During her residency, Kathleen will work with the local high school art students on a hands-on photography project. Park Headquarters will host an exhibit of Kathleen’s photographic pigment prints from September 2nd – 30th; open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kathleen will also present an artist talk during an Evening Program on October 11th, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. at Shrine of the Ages.


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  1. annell September 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Wonderful project! Can’t wait to see the images you capture!!!

  2. lyn September 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Stunning shot, Kathleen. Eager to see what you create during your residency!

  3. Kieron September 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    So thrilled for you. What a perfect location to explore the four elements.

  4. Sherry Blue Sky September 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Your work is stunning. Absolutely wonderful!!

  5. Susan Blevins September 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Congratulations Kathleen. Love the photo you posted above. Will see you both very soon.

  6. Tania September 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    That’s fantastic Kathleen. You’ll create beautiful images – the perfect person for the job!

  7. Whitehawk September 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Kathleen, I got goose bumps all over when I saw this acknowledgement of your awesome work! I wish I could have been there in person. CONGRATULATIONS! I fully expect to see international acknowledgement soon. My Love Always, Whitehawk

  8. judith Rane September 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Beauty is found in nature when Beauty is beheld in the viewer …
    or in this case, the photographer –

  9. regina September 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Good Luck at the Grand Canyon. You pictures are awesome! Love them all!!!

  10. Rosalie Grace September 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Exciting project! Congratulations, Kathleen. I can’t wait to see your work!

  11. Christa October 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    You go girl!!