Bandelier Welcomes September Artist In Residence

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Bandelier Welcomes September Artist In Residence

Bandelier National Monument welcomes Thomas Perry, the first Artist in Residence of the 2018 season. 

Perry is from Houston, Texas, where he lives with his artist-author-poet wife, Carolyn Dahl. He is a ceramic artist who emphasizes the rich history of vessels that are used in a variety of cultures. Beginning with white clay, Perry often mixes colorants into the clay, then slices and carves to expose variegated patterns that resemble rock cores and earth layers. 

You can meet Perry from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sept. 16 and 23 at the picnic tables just behind the Bandelier visitor center in Frijoles Canyon. He will be offering demonstrations about making vessels, using hand building techniques and talking about his experiences.

Perry’s work is in the Houston Airport, Las Cruces Museum of Art and other private collections. He is a founder of Empty Bowls Houston and was an artist-in-residence and board member of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.               

Superintendent Jason Lott adds “Looking at Bandelier through the eyes of an artist offers a very unique perspective which further enriches park educational programming and expands the visitor services we are able to offer.”

Perry is happy to be at Bandelier through the end of September and is looking forward to sharing his work with the public. 

Bandelier will be hosting two more artists in the month of October. 

For information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517 or visit, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.