Greeley Ponds Hike with WMNF Artist in Residence Kyle Browne

Photography by: Kathy Didier

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WMNF Artist in Residence Gallery Show at Patricia Carega Gallery

Photos by Doug McVicor

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Kyle Browne | John Anderson

Kyle Browne    John Anderson

White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Arts Alliance are pleased to announce that photographer John Anderson and environmental artist Kyle Browne have been chosen as Artists in Residence for 2013.

“We thought we might be able to limit ourselves to one artist this year,” says Marianne Leberman of the WMNF, “but once again we couldn’t do it. We were too excited about both the opportunity to have a terrific photographer entirely dedicated to taking pictures of the National Forest – including time-lapse and panoramic images -- and to showcase the work of an artist dedicated to creating public, participatory art that will help people of all ages experience the forest in a new way.”

John Anderson of Campton, NH, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography. He is the owner of On the Spot Photography, and has been teaching photography at Plymouth State University since 2004.

“This is the first year our panel selected a local artist,” says Frumie Selchen, director of the Arts Alliance. “It’s wonderful that John can engage in forest-based activities, not only during his residency, but also before and after. Instead of two or three public programs, he will be doing a whole series. As to why a local artist who lives very near the forest year-round would apply for this residency, John made a compelling case for having the dedicated, focused time to take the kind of pictures he’s been dreaming of for years.”

Massachusetts artist Kyle Browne is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and received her MEd Arts, Community and Education, from Lesley University. She is currently Director of the Cambridge (MA) Creativity Commons, which links students and teachers to creativity through arts integration and project-based learning. Her residency plans include creating two interactive site-specific sculptures with natural materials.

“Our guidelines specify that we want to offer opportunities to both established and emerging artists,” notes Leberman. “Kyle is a young artist whose work is growing in scope and depth, and we’re eager to see how the forest inspires her.”

Anderson and Browne will be on the National Forest in August and September, with exact dates for their residencies and public programs to be announced in June. Kyle will be staying at Mead Base Conservation Center in Center Sandwich. Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center have collaborated with the WMNF and AANNH each year to provide housing for the Artists in Residence.

"We're delighted to continue our partnership with the Arts Alliance and very pleased to have John and Kyle join us as this year’s selected artists,” said Tom Wagner, Forest Supervisor for WMNF. “The Artist in Residence program provides a way for people to understand and connect with public land and its uses through art and self - expression.”

The residency offers a minimum of a three-week period during which the artists have time to work on their art while living on the forest. More information on these programs, including many opportunities for public participation will be available in upcoming weeks. As in the past each artist will also donate one piece of work to the WMNF.

Our thanks to Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center for their generosity in hosting our artists since the inception of the program. For more information about the Artist in Residence program, contact the Arts Alliance at (603) 323-7302 or Check in here throughout the summer for updates on Artist-in-Residence events.