National Park Residency Programs

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An official stint as an Artist-in-Residence (A-I-R) in a National Park can be a valuable experience and significant accomplishment for the right artist. It provides an opportunity for sustained exploration and dialogue with one of America’s great landscapes.

This list contains information on officially-sanctioned National Park Residency Programs (last updated in February 2009). Information at www.NPS.gov may not reflect all of the corrected information below. Check with individual programs for application fees and requirements. Some programs require that you donate a piece of artwork, or that you give public presentations during your residency. Not all sites are handicap accessible, many do not allow pets, and a few allow spouses or children to accompany you.

For more information about National Park Residency Programs for artists, refer to Landing a Residency in a National Park by Gregory W. Frux in the March 2009 issue of Art Calendar magazine.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine

Application deadline: November 1 to January 15 (received)

Residency period: Late April to mid-May, mid-August to early November

Number & length of residencies: 10 of three weeks each

Contact: Artist-In-Residence Coordinator at [email protected] or call 207-288-3338, “0” for operator.

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Acadia National Park, PO Box 177, Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, South Dakota

Application deadline: For Fall residency – June 15; for Spring residency – December 15

Residency period: (Fall) mid-September to mid-Nov; (Spring) mid-March to mid-May

Number & length of residencies: One for fall, one for spring; four to six weeks each

Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5361 ext. 242 MST, or [email protected]

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Badlands NP, PO Box 6, Interior, SD 57750

BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER, Arkansas

Application deadline: January 31

Residency period: March – November

Number & length of residencies: Four of up to three weeks each

Contact: Terry Traywick, 870-439-2502 CST, or [email protected]

Web: www.nps.gov/buff

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Buffalo National River, 402 N. Walnut, Suite 136, Harrison, AR 72601

CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE, Massachusetts

The Margo-Gelb Shack

Application deadline: February 10 (received)

Note: There is a cost for this residency — $300.

Residency period: Mid-May through mid-October

Number & length of residencies: Six of two weeks each

Note: No running water or electricity; must be an OSARC member

Contact: Hatty Walker Fitts, 508-487-9507 or 508-487-3635

Web: http://www.castlehill.org/ResidencyProgram.html

Write: Send a 52-cent self-addressed stamped envelope to Hatty Walker Fitts, 22 Nelson Avenue, Provincetown, MA 02657

DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, New Jersey

Peters Valley Craft Education Center

Application deadline: September 1

Note: There is a cost for this residency — $500/month (limited scholarships available for NJ residents).

Residency period: early-Nov through late-April

Length of residencies: One to two months each

Contact: Marilyn, 973-948-5200 EST, or [email protected]

Web: http://www.petersvalley.org/residencies/index.htm

Write: Peters Valley Craft Education Center, 19 Kuhn Road, Layton, NJ 07851

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska

East Fork Cabin

Residencies limited to: Two-dimensional visual artists, sculptors. No photographers.

Application deadline: January 31

Residency period: mid-June through mid-September

Number & length of residencies: Four of 10 days each

Note: Must be comfortable in a wilderness setting; difficult to house handicapped

Contact: Murie Science and Learning Center, 907-683-1269

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Florida

Application deadline: July 1; no students

Residency period: Year-round

Number & length of residencies: Three to six

for two to four weeks each

Contact: Maria Perez, 305-242-7750 EST; Donna Marxer, 212-371-8733; or [email protected]

Web: www.nps.gov/ever/supportyourpark/artistinresidence.htm

Write: Artist-In-Residence-In-Everglades, Everglades National Park, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Montana

Application deadline: March 1

Residency period: Summer

Number & length of residencies: Number varies, two weeks each

Contact: Matt Graves, 406-888-7942 MST, or [email protected]

Web: www.nps.gov/glac/supportyourpark/air.htm

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Glacier National Park, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, California

Headlands Center for the Arts

Application deadline: June 5

Residency period: March through November

Number & length of residencies: 30 to 35 of one to eleven months each

Contact: Holly Blake, 415-331-2787 ext. 24 PST, or [email protected]

Web: www.headlands.org

Write: Holly Blake, Residency Manager, Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, North Rim, Arizona

Application deadline: Dated February 1 through April 1

Residency period: Three-week periods

Number & length of residencies: Varies

Contact: Artist-In-Residence Coordinator at 928-638-7739

Web: www.nps.gov/grca/supportyourpark/air.htm

Write: Coordinator, Artist-In-Residence Program, 1 Admin Way, North Rim, AZ 86052

HERBERT HOOVER NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE, Iowa

Application deadline: February 28

Residency period: May 1 through through September 30

Number & length of residencies: Two of two to four weeks each

Please note: Housing may not be readily available for upcoming resident artists.

Contact: Adam Prato, 319-643-7855 CST, or [email protected]

Web: www.nps.gov/heho/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm

Write: Herbert Hoover National Historical Site, Artist-In-Residence Program, 110 Parkside Drive, PO Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas

Application deadline: February 1

Residency period: Call or write for details

Number & length of residencies: Several of two to four weeks each

Contact: Jeff Heitzman, 501-620-6707, or [email protected]

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, attn: Volunteer Coordinator, Hot Springs National Park, 101 Reserve Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901

HUBBELL TRADING POST NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, New Mexico

Application deadline: Year-round

Residency Period: Year-round

Number & length of residencies: Unlimited number of residencies; not to exceed two weeks

Note: Only Cellular One, Cingular, T-Mobile, and Sprint phones work in Ganado Valley; non-smoking, no pets; No tv, radio (reception limited); come with everything you need

Contact: Ed Chamberlin, 928-755-3475 ext 230

Web: www.nps.gov/hutr/planyourvisit/artist-in-residence.htm

Write: Hubbell Trading Post NHS, P.O. Box 150, Ganado, AZ 86505

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, Indiana

Residencies limited to: Artist/Illustrator that can create line art for publications

Application deadline: March 1

Residency period: Two to four weeks (June and July)

Note: Provide own food, linen, supplies

Contact: Ted Winterfeld, 219-395-1819, or [email protected]

Web: www.nps.gov/indu/historyculture/air.htm

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 1100 North Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN 46304

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, Michigan

Application deadline: February 16, 2010

Residency period: June through early September

Number & length of residencies: Up to five residencies, no less than two weeks, no more than three weeks each

Note: Artist must have wilderness orientation as cabins have no running water or electricity

Contact: Greg Blust, 906-482-0984, or [email protected]

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Isle Royale National Park, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, California

Application deadline: Accepted year-round

Residency period: March, April, October or November

Number & length of residencies: Two to six weeks with lodging or up to one year without lodging (camping available)

Contact: Caryn Davidson, 760-367-3012 PST, or [email protected]

Web: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/supportyourpark/air.htm or apply at www.riversideartmuseum.org/jtnp

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, JTNP, Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, Kentucky

Application deadline: Three months prior to requested residency

Residency period: Year-round (Spring or Fall

suggested)

Number & length of residencies: Two of a minimum of three weeks, maximum of four weeks

Contact: Larry Johnson, 270-758-2150, or [email protected]

Write: 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, P.O. Box 7, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, South Dakota

Residencies limited to: Traditional sculptors working in stone, stone carving instructors

Application deadline: Applications available between December and early February; Fall residency submit resume postmarked May 1

Residency period: Late May through early October

Number & length of residencies: Two total; Summer residency is 12 to 16 weeks (paid), Fall residency is one week (unpaid)

Contact: Rhonda Schier, 605-574-3134 MST, or [email protected]

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Hwy. 244, Bldg. 31, Suite 1, Keystone, SD 57751

NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK, Washington

Application deadline: Spring (February 1), Fall (July 1)

Residency period: April/May and September/October

Number & length of residencies: Two residencies of three to eight weeks each in two separate locations: Stehekin and at Newhalem (four residencies total); worked out individually with artists; if interested in a long stay, mention in application

Note: Very remote sites with limited Internet, no cell phone service, minimal necessities available (running water and electricity); for Newhalem it’s imperative to have a vehicle and bring own bedding, supplies, food

Contact: Cindy Bjorklund, 360-854-7303

Web: http://www.nps.gov/noca/supportyourpark/index.htm

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Arizona

Application deadline: March 15

Residency period: April thru October

Number & Length of residencies: Number varies for up to three weeks

Note: Must be prepared to work in high desert, summer weather conditions

Contact: Pat Thompson, 928-524-6228 ext 262, or [email protected]

Web: www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/artist-in-residence.htm

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Petrified Forest National Park, PO Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, Michigan

Residencies limited to: Two-dimensional visual artists, photographers

Application deadline: December 31

Residency period: September or October

Number & length of residencies: One of up to four weeks

Note: Artist should be in good health, self-sufficient, expect to work closely with park staff and local community

Contact: Pam Baker, 906-387-3700

Web: www.nps.gov/piro/supportyourpark/artistresidence.htm

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, N8391 Sand Point Road,

PO Box 40, Munising, MI 49862

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colorado

Application deadline: December 1, 2010

Residency period: Early June through late September

Number & length of residencies: Five to six residencies of two weeks each

Contact: Park Information Desk, 970-586-1206

Web: www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/artist_in_residence.htm

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, CO 80517

SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, Michigan

Application deadline: April 15

Residency period: September – October

Number & length of residencies: Two of three weeks each

Call: General inquiries, 231-326-5134 ext. 507

Write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630

WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Connecticut

Application deadline: January 15 (for residencies from May-Oct); July 15 (for residencies November-April)

Residency period: Year-round

Number & length of residencies: One or two for two to four weeks.

Note: Car extremely helpful

Contact: Constance Evans or Amy Allen at 203-761-9945 ext 1 EST

Write: Weir Farm Art Center, 735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897

Unless otherwise stated, residencies are open to visual artists of all media.

Report errors or omissions to [email protected].