What it’s like applying for Artist Residencies in our National Parks
Late January and early February were quite busy. I applied for eight Artist Residencies in our National Parks. Each application was challenging to write, demanding of my time and a huge commitment, requiring a thorough examination of my portfolio for the “right” kind of images to send. Most of the applications require a 1-2 page statement of intent, a small sampling of 4-8 images, letters of recommendations, and curriculum vitae. And all applications include a proposal for the project I plan to complete during the residency. Most residencies offer an opportunity to devote 2-4 weeks’ time in a cabin or other rustic accommodations. All offer a considerable chunk of time to make art. All require a public presentation each week of the residency, few offer a stipend, except for nominal travel, many require comfort in wild places.
The biggest challenge in the application process was to select a small sampling of images that speak to each park’s specific need. Some, like Crater Lake in Oregon, asked for projects that focused on Climate Change; many parks have a set of specific goals that the committee would like addressed in the application.
I chose to apply to the following parks as I would LOVE to spent time in each of them, increase both my time lapse and still image portfolios and since I love teaching, I submitted plans for “walks in the parks” to share with visitors my vision, techniques and suggestions for digital photography.
Part of the research involved googling each park and reviewing the artists chosen for previous residencies, I will add links here.
and next entries, due in March: Great Smoky Mountains and Indiana Dunes
Results, so far
North Cascades National Park, Stehekin, one month, spring or fall, Due February 1st. Heard from the committee on Feb. 24. Click here to see the Artist chosen for the spring residency in Washington.
I decided to research the Photographers and Artists who have been chosen in the past or are currently in our National Parks as Artists in Residence.
Rick Braveheart, Native American Fine Art Photographer (blog with link to his website too) Rick is currently At Zion National Park, writing a weekly blog about his residency.