NMJC Professor Selected to be Artist-in-Residence
2/17/2010 12:31:23 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Susan C. Waters, Professor of English at New Mexico Junior College, has been selected to be an Artist-in-Residence at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve for two weeks this summer.
Waters will be assisting Park officials with the re-design of a newsletter and will also be working on stories about the Park. In addition to teaching English and literature, Waters is a professional writer. She started out as a journalist and later served as editor of Sea Grant publications at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. In that capacity, she also produced a magazine about marine science. Her publishing credits are extensive and range from the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Often called the “Mountain Kingdom of North America,” Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is located in southeast Alaska and encompasses over 13 million acres. Not only is the Park the largest in the national system, it also contains the greatest assemblage of glaciers on the continent and has been designated a World Heritage Site, a wilderness worthy of international protection.
The National Park Service, part of the United States Department of the Interior, strongly supports the Artist-in-Residence program, believing that residency provides opportunities for professional artists to generate new insight into and interpretations of the Park. Collectively, the national park system has built—and is still building—a collection of outstanding artwork to be enjoyed by visitors.