The Idaho Conservation League’s Artist in Residence program explores the nexus of art and nature. Launched in 2013 and now on its eighth artist, the program shares the beauty of the places we work to protect and tells stories of Idaho in creative new ways.

ICL's 2021 Artist in Residence

Coming Soon!

Applications for our Artist in Residence program are currently being accepted through November 10. Interested artists, please read our statement and application guidelines. Contact Jenny Estes, ICL Development Director for more information.

2020 Artist in Residence

Andy Sewell

Andy Sewell is a full-time artist living in Viola, Idaho. Viola is centered in the rolling wheat fields of North Idaho and known as The Palouse. He grew up in Ketchum, Idaho, and studied at Boise State University, and the University of Hawaii, and earning a BFA from the University of Idaho in Graphic Design and Painting. He has painted over 600 paintings and sold his prints and originals for over 25 years. He loves to paint flowers and landscapes of the Northwest as well as fishing scenes, wildlife, rural farms, and the countryside. His artwork has been shown in several galleries in the Northwest. He travels during the summer displaying and selling much of his art in venues and shows throughout Idaho, as well as nationally.

Andy has won awards for his work and has been invited on numerous occasions to be the guest artist at prominent art venues. Andy manufactures the reproductions of his work to maintain the accuracy of color and sharpness for his prints. These prints are numbered, limited editions created on archival paper or canvas. He is available to do custom work and commissions upon request. He paints some in plein air, but mainly works from photos he composes and then designs the paintings using the best of several compilations of the images. The Sewell Studio & Gallery located on his property is open to visitors when he is home. Call first, then stop by for a visit. Andy hopes his art can add grace to your home and make your living space even more beautiful!

Andy’s work can be viewed and purchased on his website.

Painting of fly fisherman done by Andy Sewell
Andy Sewell posing with his paintings
Painting of steelhead fish

Special thanks to the 2020 AiR selection committee: Rachel Teannalach (fine artist and ICL’s first artist in residence), Juta Geurtsen (Idaho Commission on the Arts community development director), Michael Faison (Idaho Commission on the Arts executive director), Mary Beth Whitaker (former ICL editor and designer) and Jenny Estes (ICL Development Director).

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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. Our gratitude also goes to an anonymous donor for their generous support of our artists.

Call for Artists

For more information on how to apply to the 2021 Artist in Residency program, contact Jenny Estes, ICL Development Director for more information

Previous Artists in Residence

2020 — Andy Sewell

2019 — Carl Rowe

2018 — Jessica L. Bryant

2017 — Linda Lantzy

2016 — Josh Udesen

2015 — Peter Lovera

2013-2014 — Rachel Teannalach