Photographer Jim Schlett at Fort Union


This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 1st Friday “Toast To The Arts & Parks” Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) features photographer Jim Schlett who discusses his photography and month-long NPAF artist-residency at Fort Union National Monument in Northern New Mexico. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Podbean.


Since 2016, award-winning photographer Jim Schlett has been selected as an Artist-In-Resident at numerous National Park sites.  His photographs have been published in magazines and publications, and are exhibited in various galleries and art shows, and won competitive awards. Jim’s interest in photography began with a graduation gift of a Polaroid camera from grade school in New Jersey. He has a great love of travel and history, and his photographs include many images of our national parks, cityscapes, and nature in nearly all fifty states. Learn more about Jim and view his work at

Fort Union National Monument, located in Mora County near Watrous, New Mexico, was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. It also was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail. The richly evocative remnants of a post-civil war era adobe fort became a National Monument in 1954 under the Eisenhower administration. More at

Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation and their unique artist residency programs at

JIGSAW PUZZLE: Enjoy the podcast with photographer Jim Schlett while you piece together this online jigsaw puzzle of one of his Fort Union photos. Use the full screen icon to make it easier. Use your mouse roller or arrow keys to rotate the puzzle pieces and click and drag to put the pieces in place. Use the Image Icon to see the picture and the Ghost Icon to set your workspace.

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