Val Rossman Chosen for Prestigious “Artist in Wilderness” Residency in Colorado

Val Rossman, Art in the Wilderness photo September 2015

Val Rossman in Colorado as part of the “Artists in Wilderness” residency

On the heels of her solo exhibition this past summer, Philadelphia-based painter and veteran West Branch artist, Val Rossman, traveled to Aspen, Colorado, where she spent a week in late August exploring the regional landscape as part of the Wilderness Workshop‘s prestigious residency program, “Artists in Wilderness.” Since 2008, the Wilderness Workshop has been awarding visual artists week-long residencies to create work inspired by the White River National Forest and surrounding public lands in western Colorado, which the nonprofit organization has been working to protect since 1967.

A jury of regional artists and collectors chose this years’ recipients with a focus on painting and drawing, also awarding Joellyn Duesberry, Michelle PodgorskiSteven Walker and Ellen Woods residencies in 2015. Val spoke with the folks at the Wilderness Workshop about her experience in the Roaring Fork Valley for the December issue of their newsletter, Wild Works. Along with WW board member and program founder, Mary Dominik, Val also stopped by Aspen Public Radio‘s Cross Currents show to tell us more about her experience with the Artists in Wilderness program, what it was like working en plein air, and how she drew inspiration from the landscape for a new series of abstract works.

Read Val Rossman’s Q & A in the Wild Works December 2015 Newsletter

Listen to Val’s Interview with Aspen Public Radio