Wyoming Arts Council

Bailey Russel named 2024 Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources Artist in Residence

The 2024 Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources Artist in Residence is Bailey Russel, a photographer based in Laramie whose work ranges from traditional tintypes to large-scale camera obscuras to digital landscape and animal photography.

“Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is excited to continue an Artist in Residency program in Wyoming’s gorgeous State Parks! Our partnerships with the Wyoming Arts Council, as well as with our Wyoming artists, continue to grow, enrich our communities and showcase the unexpected in our parks. We are thrilled to have artist Bailey Russel for our second year of this program and can’t wait to see what amazing things come from it,” said Christina Bird, District Manager, Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites. 

The Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources Artist in Residence program is a 10-day road trip residency that will occur in August 2024. Russel will be visiting a minimum of 4 State Parks and Historic Sites throughout Wyoming. Additionally, the residency consists of the artist producing a community service component in conjunction with their time in the Parks, and will conclude with an exhibit at the Wyoming State Museum in November, showcasing works created throughout the residency. 

Bailey Russel is a professor of photography at the University of Wyoming. Originally from New Jersey, Bailey received a BA from Princeton University and an MA in Photography from NYU before moving to Laramie, Wyoming in 2011. His photographic work mostly addresses issues of land usage and how this relates to photographic processes. He has worked with digital photography, traditional film processes, room sized camera obscuras, wet plate collodion and other early, alternative methods of image making, pairing them with subjects ranging from the Colorado River expedition of John Wesley Powell to the iconic monuments of the west. Currently, Bailey is working on a photo project about extraction and energy development in Wyoming.

Additional information can be found on the Wyoming State Parks’ website. For more information, contact Kimberly Mittelstadt, Creative Arts Specialist at the Wyoming Arts Council, 307-274-6673 or Kimberly.mittelstadt@wyo.gov.

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