Bandelier Announces Artist in Residence

Cliffs at the Tsankawi section of Bandelier by Bandelier Artist in Residence David Halpern. Courtesy/David Halpern

Bandelier Artist in Residence photographer David Halpern


Bandelier National Monument is very pleased to announce that, for the first time since 1983, the park will have an artist in residence, photographer David Halpern.  

“We are very happy to have a photographer with Mr. Halpern’s talent, experience, and background, and look forward to the activities he will be offering to the public.” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “Bandelier is such a beautiful place, and will offer Mr. Halpern opportunities to capture wonderful images.”

 Halpern is a photographer living in Santa Fe.  He is an experienced teacher of photography, in the classroom and in workshops; a prolific writer; and a photographic consultant. 

 Prior to this appointment, he has served 11 times as a National Park artist-in-residence—four times at Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado), twice each at Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah), Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado) and Glacier National Park (Montana) and once at Acadia National Park (Maine).

Since 1973, his photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries across America, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. An avid traveler, he has photographed a variety of subjects throughout the United States, and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, South America, England, Italy, Africa and Greece.

One of Halpern’s recent projects is the publication of his book Pilgrim Eye, a revealing presentation of his lifelong journey of self-discovery through landscape photography. “By a Clearer Light,” an exhibition of his work in the National Parks, traveled from 1994 through 1998 throughout the contiguous 48 states and is now in the collection of the National Park Service.

A native of Nashville, Halpern is a 1958 graduate of Vanderbilt University, a former member of the Visual Communications faculty of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) and a member and former chairman of the Visual Communications Advisory Committee of OSUIT. In October, 2004, he was inducted into the Tulsa Historical Society’s Hall of Fame. His business and marketing background include twenty-seven years as a commercial photographer and, prior to that, seventeen years in advertising, market research and public relations. He is a life member of the American Society of Media Photographers and a vice president of the New Mexico Chapter of ASMP.

In this 12th stint as an Artist in Residence, Halpern plans to spend a lot of his time in Bandelier looking for that “one thing that hasn’t been done before.” His first period “in residence” at the monument will be from June 23 through July 6. During this time he will host his first activity for the public, a morning walk at the Tsankawi section of Bandelier. Participants should meet at Tsankawi at 8 a.m. be sure to bring water, sunscreen, hat and sturdy shoes – and don’t forget a camera!

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