Southern Oregon University associate biology professor John Sollinger has been chosen as the artist-in-residence at Crater Lake National Park for this fall.
A glass mosaic artist, Sollinger has received numerous awards for his work, using a technique he calls "mosainting," in which he employs trial and error to craft his pieces, according to a news release from SOU.
The artist-in-residence program provides an opportunity for two artists to spend up to two weeks of the fall, and another two artists for up to two weeks in the winter, at Crater Lake National Park to pursue their particular art form, according to the National Park Service website.
In 2010, Mosaic Arts International named "Radiance," a stained-glass mosaic created by Sollinger, as best in show at the International Mosaic Art Exhibit in Chicago.
Sollinger's mosaic, "Snowfell," has been chosen to hang in the "Mosaics of the World" exhibition at the Third Ravenna Mosaico — First International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic in Ravenna, Italy, this October through November.
Sollinger said in the release that he intends to spend his time at the park hiking and capturing digital images of the fire and fire effects on vegetation and landscapes. The images, he said, will provide a basis for planned mosaics that depict the relationship between fire and humans.