Five artists chosen for 2018 Bighorn Canyon AIR program

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This painting of a Round Mountain Texas ranch house was made by Steve Whitfield of Oklahoma City, Okla., one of five artists chosen for Bighorn Canyon’s Artist In Residence program.

Bighorn Canyon is in its fifth year of the Artists In Residence program. Of the 14 artists from around the country and locally who applied for the program, five were selected.

“The samples the artists sent with their applications were amazing. We had a hard time picking our top five and would love to have them all, but we just don’t have the accommodations,” said Chief of Interpretation Christy Fleming.

Each artist will spend two weeks at Bighorn Canyon focusing on their work. At least one day during their stay has been set aside for the artists to give public programs and to share and talk about their work.

The artists selected for the 2018 Bighorn Canyon Artist In Residence program are Carol Hartman of Red Lodge, Mont.; Arletta Pappan of Steelville, Mo.; Steve Whitfield of Oklahoma City, Okla.; David Hunter of Fresno, Calif.; and Cathleen Casey of Milwalkie, Ore. Their combined portfolio will allow visitors and other artist to learn more about photography, oil painting, nature sketches, cinch making and acrylic painting. The artists will be in the park from the end of May through September.

Artist In Residence programs will be announced through the summer. Bighorn Canyon would like to invite all local and visiting artists to come out during the public programs, set up an easel, create art, share technics and just be inspired by Bighorn Canyon setting.

For more information, call Christy Fleming at (307) 548-5406 or email her at