Artist in Residence at Our National Parks

Late January and early February were quite busy.  I applied for seven 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.

The residencies provide an opportunity to devote 2-4 weeks’ time in a cabin or other rustic accommodations, time devoted to making art, and sharing that process with visitors.  Artists chosen for this prestigious and competitive award are also required to make a public presentation while at the park, and to donate one piece of art within a year of their residency.

After writing my proposals for each park, and the statement of intent, I handed off the word doc to my friend, Jade, who is a technical and creative writer.  She added her “polish pro”, making suggestions and embellishment.  Thanks to her, the work was completed on time and now I turn over the results to my higher power.

Artist in Residence Applications 2015

  • Acadia National Park, chosen for June 2015 Residency
  • Crater Lake National Park, chosen for May 2015 Residency

Other applications, not offered a residency in 2015

  • North Cascades National Park, Stehekin
  • North Cascades National Park, Skagit
  • Glacier National Park
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park

Applications for 2016 Residencies:

  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Great Smoky Mountains
  • Glacier National Park
  • Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore

Results:

Chosen for Residency at Acadia National Park, the coordinator asked me to choose any 4 weeks between November 2014 and June 2015.  After consulting with my friends in Maine, I chose June of 2015.  I will be making art and photography based at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor.  Oh Yeah.

I am excited (to say the least) to be chosen for a residency at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. I will be creating images at the Lake from May 1-15, 2015.  At this very moment, I am using Google maps to outline a rough travel plan.

I plan to fly to Maine and will be the Artist in Residence at the Schoodic Institute from June 5-25, 2015

In 2016 I have been the Artist in Residence at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming, Glacier National Park in Montana, and Mesa Verde in Colorado.

 

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