Visual Artist Program

Artists have had a long-standing impact on the awareness and appreciation of important landscapes in the United States including National Parks, and now the Larimer County Natural Resources Department is offering the same opportunity to artistically express appreciation of the dynamic landscapes of protected lands within Larimer County.

Program Description:

The Visual Artist Program offers professional visual artists the opportunity to pursue their art while being surrounded by the inspiring landscapes of the protected open spaces and parks in Larimer County. For the purposes of this program, a professional artist is defined as an individual who derives the majority of yearly income from the sale of their artworks. The Department offers an Annual Permit Pass to selected participants. This is a volunteer position, no stipend is provided.

Benefits to the Visual Artist:

  • Complimentary annual pass for entry to Larimer County parks/open lands that require a fee.
  • Access, as appropriate, to Larimer County open spaces not yet open to the public.
  • Recognition through multiple venues: public celebration of the final submitted work; art displayed at a prominent county building; information about the honored artist on the county website and county e-newsletter; and any other appropriate opportunities.
  • The opportunity to inspire public appreciation of protected open spaces through art.

Expectations of Larimer County:

  • Larimer County will host a public celebration of the final submitted artwork at a local venue within the current year. A press release announcing the event will be distributed.
  • Larimer County reserves the right to make and distribute and/or sell limited prints or copies of the work. Artists may need to provide a copyright for the work.

Expectations of the Visual Artist:

  • Artist is asked to permanently loan at least one original piece of work inspired by Larimer County's open spaces or parks by October 31 of the current year. Artwork should be framed by the artist, and prepared for hanging before donation. This work will be displayed in a Larimer County building for public viewing and appreciation. If it is deemed that the County no longer wants the loaned piece of art, it shall be returned to the artist or their heirs.
  • Artist will be asked to speak and/or present at the celebration in order to directly share their art with the public.
  • Artist will be required to provide one program within the current year. Examples of programs include an art-based demonstration, presentation or on-site hike.
  • Artist will be required to wear a Larimer County t-shirt or vest while on properties not open to the public.

While visiting parks and open spaces:

  • When using areas that are already open to the public, the artist must follow the regulations of that property. This includes staying on trails, unless specific arrangements have been made beforehand.
  • Artists must sign a Larimer County liability release.
  • Artists are permitted to bring one guest with them while on properties not open to the public for the purpose of safety.

Questions?

Please contact Meegan Flenniken at (970) 619-4562 or mflenniken@larimer.org