ICL’s Artist in Residence for 2018

ICL’s artist in residence program (AIR) explores the nexus of art and nature. Launched in 2013 and now on its fifth artist, the program exists to share the beauty of the places we work to protect and tell the Idaho story in creative new ways to expanded audiences.

Meet Jessica L. Bryant, this year’s ICL artist in residence, who says she's elated to spend the year in service of Idaho's magnificent landscapes.

Jessica L. Bryant

ICL’s Artist in Residence for 2018

We’re excited to have Jessica L. Bryant on board as this year’s artist in residence! Jessica is a watercolor artist who has achieved signature status with the Northwest Watercolor Society. She served as artist in residence for 10 different programs over the last six years, including at several national parks, the Bureau of Land Management and schools.

For a number of years, Jessica focused her work on landscapes in her home region of North Idaho, but with the recent experience of an artist residency in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Area, she has been inspired to branch out and reconnoiter places like the Camas National Refuge, Craters of the Moon, City of Rocks and more. She is eager to explore and interpret the entire state of Idaho through her unique lens in the coming year.

You can see more of Jessica L. Bryant’s work on her website, and do check out her blog. Of course, she’s on Facebook and Instagram, too.

Special thanks to the panel who helped us make our selection this year: Rachel Teannalach (fine artist and ICL’s first artist in residence), Mike Rogers (fine metal artist, Precious Metal Arts) and John McMahon (Idaho Commission on the Arts artist services director, artist and instructor).

Gratitude also goes to ARTA River Trips, sponsor of the ICL artist in residence program, who offer a river trip on an Idaho river every year to educate and inspire our artists, and who help make this program possible.

By the way, if you purchase work from Jessica that she created during her residency, 25% comes back to ICL!

Artist Words

“Nature and wilderness offer us inimitable experiences and resources that too often are overlooked, misunderstood and undervalued. I have an extensive history of serving the National Park Service as an artist-in-residence, exploring, learning and endeavoring to use my work and knowledge to connect the public to these places of significance, with the goal of contributing to their preservation and motivating people to discover the rewards of time spent in nature. I am elated to spend 2018 in service of the magnificent landscapes of Idaho in this unique capacity.”
— Jessica L. Bryant

Call for Artists

ICL puts out a call to artists and accepts applications for the artist in residence program every year in October. Please check back at that time to read the call to artists for ICL’s 2019 residency.

Previous ICL Artists in Residence

2017—Linda Lantzy

2016—Josh Udesen

2015Peter Lovera

2013–2014Rachel Teannalach

ICL Artist in Residence Sponsor

The ICL AIR program is sponsored by ARTA River Trips, a nonprofit river rafting organization with over 50 years of experience taking people on amazing journeys down the majestic rivers of the western United States.