By Julie Bates |
December 09, 2003
While reading through Art in America Magazine, Associate Professor of Art David Harmon spotted an article about an artist residency program in Banner, Wyoming. This program is for artists (visual or writers) over the age of 25 who are currently residing the United States. Also the requirements stated that the program is not open to students. The Jentel Artist Program's objective is to offer a beautiful place to peacefully work and achieve personal artistic goals in a limitless environment.
After scanning through the eligibility requirements, Harmon thought, "This is a dream I have always wanted." Hesitantly, he decided to enter because of the encouragement from his wife, who is also a practicing artist. The deadline for the entrees was January 2003. Professor Harmon gathered slides of his previous work and composed a proposal to send to Wyoming. In great anticipation, he received a call notifying him of his acceptance into the Jentel Art Residency Program. Harmon was one of out six artists elected to take apart in an experience of a lifetime.
On June 11, 2003, he bundled up his belongings and drove 1,200 miles to Banner, Wyoming. The Jentel program is a new organization and Harmon was the third group of artists to enjoy the wonderful gifts of nature the program had to offer. The living quarters were built in October 2002.
"The living quarters took some getting used to," laughed Harmon. The artists each had their own private room, but when it was time for dinner they all came together. Harmon also said that each artist had his/her own art studio, which they had access to at all times, day or night. Throughout the stay at Jentel, the entire group of artists had to share their work with the community through lectures, which were held at the Deerfield Inn in Buffalo, Wyoming. At the end of the residency, the artists displayed their work for the other residents, which allowed them to appreciate what the individual completed during their time at Jentel.
Each artist wasasked to donate a piece of artwork to the Jentel Organization. Harmon decided to leave a pastel drawing. The greatest lesson Harmon discovered while in Wyoming was, "When you are in a different environment, the country is so vast; when looking around, you are humbled by God's creation. This inspired much of my art work while attending the program."