2024 Artist in the Lookout applications being accepted now

High on a mountaintop — The Black Mountain Lookout.

The Plumas National Forest and Plumas Arts are excited to partner together on the 8th annual collaboration to select and showcase artists for the 2024 Artist in Residence program at the Black Mountain Lookout.

The Artist in Residence program provides a unique opportunity for artists to spend three nights at Black Mountain Lookout to draw upon the breathtaking landscapes of the Plumas National Forest for inspiration. In return, the program asks that the artist donate an original piece of framed artwork and/or body of work from this experience and work with Plumas Arts to make a public presentation of the work in November 2024.

Inside the Black Mountain Lookout.

The Artist in Residence seeks to use art and artists to explore the many ways in which people relate to the Plumas National Forest. The program goals include:

  • Capture the beauty and spirit of the Plumas National Forest through the creation of high-quality art.
  • Provide learning opportunities through the arts and visitors to the Plumas National Forest.
  • Help citizens understand the connections between public lands, use of natural resources and our emotional ties to beauty, nature, and self-expression serving as a link between the utilitarian and aesthetic values of the forest.
  • Celebrate the power of the arts – and artists – to explore and interpret the forest environment and the forest related issues.

Artist selection is based on an evaluation system that includes how the artwork will support the forest’s interpretive themes, resume of professional artwork, application packet and electronic file of artist work or website link.

For the 2024 residency program, artists are invited to submit visual artwork, two or three dimensional, or literary (poetry or short prose).

The application deadline is Friday, May 31, and the final selection made by Saturday, June 15,

The application process requires that the artist submit information about their artwork and art background, personal interest in spending time in the lookout and ideas for public presentation of their work. In the case of a visual arts submission, two representative samples of the artist’s work are to be delivered to the Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main Street in Quincy, California between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. May 29 through May 31. Appointments for delivery are requested.

For more information or to request an application packet, call Plumas Arts at (530) 283-3402 or email gallery@plumasarts.org.

For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit fs.usda.gov/plumas or on Facebook atfacebook.com/USFSPlumas.