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MARR’s mission is to challenge the perception of waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art, community, and waste systems. The Moab area is highly impacted by the tourism industry and, as a result, waste management. By facilitating artists’ direct engagement with the waste stream, MARR encourages resident artists to consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability and to thoughtfully re-assess their processes of material sourcing and waste disposal.


Through a 4-week residency, the program offers artists studio space, project and community facilitation, a $1500 stipend, access to unlimited materials at local waste disposal sites, and the time and space to focus solely on their art. As a component of each residency, artists spend time providing opportunities for learning, dialog and enrichment within the community. 

Materials are provided by Canyonlands Solid Waste Authority and WabiSabi Thrift Store. The residency program is generously supported by the NEA's Grants for Arts Projects program and general operating support funding from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.


Artists selected for this program are in all stages of their careers and work in all media including drawing, painting, installation, new media, photography, film, video, fiction and nonfiction writing, interdisciplinary, and social practice.


Artists working in the US and internationally are welcome to apply.


Two separate sessions: 4 Weeks in March or 4 Weeks in August

Two residents hosted simultaneously per session, for a total of four artists in residence in 2023

25-35 hours per week


Full access to private studio in the Moab Arts facility and waste center/thrift store for material sourcing


Assistance with project documentation

Opportunity to network with local artists 

Community engagement via workshop, open studio, artist talk, etc.

Capstone exhibition (optional) in the Moab Arts Foyer Gallery

Application Requirements: 



  • Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 15

  • Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3

  • Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3

  • Writing Samples - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3, totaling up to 30 pages combined

  • Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 15


  • Artist statement

  • CV/Resumé

  • A project proposal

  • References: 2 names and contact information of people who can speak to the rigor of your work

Application Fee: None

Entry Deadline: 12am (midnight) MST, November 30th 2022

Selection Process: We are seeking artists whose work is inherently innovative and visionary, has a track record of success and shows significant potential for growth, is informed by place and community, centers public engagement and is accessible to people with diverse backgrounds. Our selection committee will review all applications submitted to the program in December and applicants will be notified by January 5, 2023 as to the status of their application.

Please plan to submit all application materials via email.

Questions and application materials can be addressed to Melisa Morgan, Assistant Director, Moab Arts.


I keep getting an error message that the application platform is “over quota,” what do I do?


We were initially hosting our application on Jotform. We’ve moved away from that platform, due to capacity constraints. Please download a PDF application and submit all materials via email to


Do you accept couples or teams of two?


Yes, we are glad to host couples and teams of two with the caveat that housing is variable and scarce. If a duo is glad to share a room, it’s much more feasible for us. Also worth noting is that we are budgeted to host a total of four artists in 2023 (with plans to host two artists during the month of March and two artists during the month of August). Applying as a couple or team of two would mean that there wouldn’t be another artist in residence simultaneously—it would just be you and your partner for the month of your stay.


Can my family come along?


Unfortunately, because housing is so difficult to find and secure in our community, we do not have the capacity to host families at this time.


What’s the housing like?


Our staff works with community members to arrange housing every year, which varies depending on availability. Potential housing situations include: a room in a shared house, an entire empty house, a small bunkhouse, etc.


Do you provide any meals or food?


MARR does not provide meals or food.

2022 Artist In Residence
Justin Tyler Tate




My artistic practice is an ongoing research based process which looks to develop localized site-specific works while addressing contemporary global problems. Each project aims to expand simple definitions of art into hybridized manifestations of installation, architecture, engineering, activism, new media, design and dialogical methodologies. I build my work in relation to the landscape, the local community, what materials are available and the unique characteristics of a place.


I use this approach to working with places in conjunction with a variety of technical skills that I mix and match according to the resources of any given place and the needs of any given project. Wood is my primary material as I can work with it quickly and roughly, slowly and gently or somewhere in between but I am also highly adept at metal fabrication, plastic fabrication, lighting and work with electronic elements. In my approach to making, I try not to create simply sculptures or art objects but prefer to create environments which utilize a layering of different welds. Many of my projects which are built in real space also have simultaneous double-lives where they live and spread in virtual space as websites where their designs are published and tutorials for components or whole works are available so that others can recreate them. This open-source approach to sharing my work relates to my interest in alternative education and pedagogy. In some recent examples of my work, installations have been designed specifically to house workshops or classes in order to be spaces for inspiring experimentation and curiosity. 

Projects become experiments in social design and creative placemaking which are used to interact with, learn from and give back to their local environment. This is an ongoing process of trial and error. Each project aspires to improve upon the last, while developing solutions for the future, as I continually seek to exceed my own limitations in the hopes of creating a beneficial impact on the natural and cultural landscapes.

2021 Artist In Residence
Milissa Orzolek




Stories are at the heart of our beings. Stories are how we learn, how we understand, how we acknowledge,  how we share, and how we create. Stories are messy and personal and full of conflict and, sometimes,  resolution. We dive into the stories of other people's lives so that we can examine our own. This is why  stories are so important. They give us a chance to reflect on what we wouldn't otherwise. 

My academic background is in geography. Often a misunderstood discipline, geography is the study of  space and how all the stories taking shape within a given location intersect to both define a place and to  connect to those living there. Because our human stories are constantly changing and shifting, our  relationships to each other and to place are necessarily dynamic. As an artist, these are the themes I am  drawn to; I understand these dynamic relationships as the constant struggle to create home and belonging.  

Primarily, I am a puppet artist, which means I straddle the worlds of performance and visual art. Although  I often conceptualize a project alone, I thrive in collaborations. I seek out musicians, builders, singers,  actors, writers, puppeteers, and dancers to push and to pull a project to life. I'm continually amazed by the  twists and turns a project takes through these creative evolutions and iterations. These collaborations, with  their surprises, advances, interruptions, and frictions, then allow the process itself to become dynamic.  Which brings us back to the stories that create and shape our places. Above all else, it is the stories that I  love. 

So this is what I create: stories – visually compelling stories. Through cardboard and paper and puppets  and masks and words and music and movement, I create stories that focus directly or indirectly on ideas of home and belonging.

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