Bandelier’s October Artist In Residence Is Photographer Irene Owsley

Award-winning outdoors and travel photographer Irene Owsley is Bandelier’s artist in residence for October. Photo Courtesy NPS


Bandelier National Monument welcomes the second of three Artists in Residence of the 2022 season, Irene Owsley.  

Irene is an award-winning freelance photographer specializing in the outdoors and travel. Her work has appeared in Canoe & Kayak, National Parks, Earthwatch, and Natural History as well as the publications of several conservation organizations. While working as professional photographer in Washington, DC, and now in Santa Fe, Owsley has spent the last 18 years exploring diverse landscapes to create sweeping panoramic images. She served as a Bandelier artist in residence in 2016, focusing on the monument’s backcountry vistas and cultural history, and will now document the activities of park rangers, biologists, historic preservationists, and others who help manage this National Park Service site.  

Bandelier’s Artist in Residence Program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the historic district of Frijoles Canyon, close to the sacred sites of the Ancestral Pueblo People for one month. Artists are invited to seek and share the inspiration they get from Bandelier with visitors.  

The National Park Service Artist in Residence Program affords great opportunities to draw inspiration from the unique landscapes that the agency protects. With diverse historical and natural sites, along with access to knowledgeable park rangers and staff, artists are sure to discover new perspectives.    

Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. In Frijoles Canyon, the park visitor center and the park store (operated by Western National Parks Association) is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and the café, Sirphey at Bandelier, is open from 9am to 4:30pm.