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JTNPCA Board, Staff and Advisors

Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


Brian H. Rennie, President
Bobby Furst, Vice President
Jerry F. Mattos, Secretary
Meredith Plummer, Treasurer
Penelope Benson-Wright, Director
Chuck Caplinger, Director
Vickie Waite, Director


Vickie Waite, Artist Liaison
Ashley Smith, Executive Assistant

Board Advisors

Jennie Albrinck, Chief of Interpretation, Joshua Tree National Park

Penelope Benson-Wright, Artist, Arts Professional
Michael Congdon, Retired, Data Processing Professional
Gretchen Grunt, Artist/Owner, 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
George Land, Community Outreach Ranger, Joshua Tree NP
Ash Maharaj, Owner of Harmony Motel
Lori Rennie, Graphics/Web Designer, Benchmark Studios, Joshua Tree
David Smith, Superintendent, Joshua Tree NP
Paul F. Smith, 29 Palms Inn
Mark Spangenberg, Artist, Arts Professional

About the Park

Joshua Tree National Park covers nearly 800,000 acres of Southern California desert and encompasses three distinct ecosystems: the Mojave Desert across the northern part of the park; the Colorado Desert portion of the Sonoran Desert, covering the southern and eastern portions of the park; and the Little San Bernardino Mountains on the western side. The park is known around the world for its spacious vistas, colorful mountains, monolithic rock formations, desert playas, hiking, rock climbing, Native American history, historic mining sites, and vast array of wildlife, including its namesake, the strange and proud icon of the California desert, the Joshua tree. Established as a national monument in 1936 and proclaimed a national park in 1994, the park now receives more than 2.2 million visitors per year. Read more about the park on its website: www.nps.gov/jotr

About the Art Exposition

ART is an important part of the culture of Joshua Tree National Park and its surrounding gateway communities, and a renewed art movement has grown in the region in recent years. The inaugural Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition (formerly called Art Show & Faire) was created in 2013 to showcase artwork that depicts or is inspired by Joshua Tree National Park and to celebrate this art with a juried exhibition and a weekend art event at venues in the historic Oasis of Mara area of Twentynine Palms, CA, next to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters.