2 National Park Arts Residencies: Joshua Tree + Badlands



Selected artists for the Artist-in-Residence Program may propose to stay for a residency term preferably ranging from 2-6 weeks during the months of March, April, October or November at the Lost Horse Ranger Station inside Joshua Tree National Park. No stipend is provided. Artists are responsible for their own expenses, such as travel, meals, transportation, and insurance coverage.

In addition to the accommodations of the Lost Horse Ranger Station – approximately 600 sq. ft. – and the overall park itself, artists may utilize an indoor studio and outdoor patio workspace for the production of their projects. Although conditions inside the Lost Horse Ranger Station are more temperate, artists must be prepared for more extreme conditions outside in the high desert that include high winds, low relative humidity and temperatures that can range from 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to as low as 30 degrees at night. Visiting artists are subject to the same Park Service regulations as all visitors – permanent or temporary alterations or manipulations of the landscape are strictly prohibited. Artists will be provided a park pass to allow free access to the park during the residency, and need transportation for access to the remote location of the Lost Horse cabin. Due to space limitations at the cabin, the residency is limited to one occupant at a time and unfortunately cannot accommodate collaborators or companions. Park policy prohibits bringing companion animals to the cabin.

As per agreement with acceptance into the residency programs, selected artists are asked to donate to the park an original piece of artwork and/or appropriate professional documentation of their writing, music, or performance from their residency in Joshua Tree National Park. Donated artwork must be received no later than one year after an artist’s residency. Artwork from visual artists should be framed with Plexiglas and prepared for hanging before donation. Artists are also required to provide the copyright for this artwork to the National Park Service. Artwork becomes the unrestricted property of Joshua Tree National Park and may be used in exhibits, educational programs, fundraising efforts, and by Joshua Tree National Park’s nonprofit association for their products. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art. The National Park Service owns the artwork and the rights to reproduce it. Under those rights, the artist has a license to make use of the artwork’s image for his or her purposes.  When artists reproduce artwork for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: “This artwork was produced under the Artist-in-Residence Program at Joshua Tree National Park.”

Applications are being accepted for the 2014-2015 residency season. The deadline for application is June 1, 2014.



Program Description

The Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park was founded in 1996 and is open to all professional artists who are US citizens. Writers, composers and all visual and performing artists are invited to interpret this wind-swept environment through their work. The program provides time for artists to get away from everyday responsibilities to focus on their surroundings and their medium while interpreting the unique themes of Badlands National Park. Artists will translate the meanings and significance (themes) of Badlands National Park into artistic expressions within their chosen art medium.

Badlands National Park has a strong commitment to area youth, particularly in our local rural school districts. Therefore, all artists in residence are required to present a minimum of four sessions in a local school (or schools) to introduce students to an aspect of art and its interpretation of their Badlands home. Additionally, artists must be willing to interact with park visitors on site and possibly give a presentation to the public or park staff on his or her medium, interests and experiences.

Artwork Donation

Within one year of completing the residency, the artist will contribute to the park a mutually agreed upon piece of original artwork representative of their stay in Badlands National Park. Artists are required to sign an agreement that permits the National Park Service to share copyright privileges on the donated piece. All submissions and agreements are maintained as part of the park’s museum collections.

Amenities Provided

The park offers an apartment located in a small housing complex at park headquarters at no cost to the artist. Facilities for this program are wheelchair accessible. Housing will be either an efficiency apartment or a one bedroom apartment (depending upon availability) that is fully furnished with heat and air conditioning. No additional studio space is available. Basic cooking equipment is also provided, as well as access to the park library. Artists need to bring bedding, personal gear, food and art supplies. (Wireless internet may be available at the Visitor Center and artists may purchase service for their apartment from a local provider. Phone service is limited.)

Additionally, the park provides a reimbursement for personal expenses not to exceed $300. Reimbursable expenses include art supplies, travel, and meals. All expenses incurred above $300 are the responsibility of the artist. (The park and schools do have basic classroom art supplies for your use.)

The park provides an orientation to the park and will make a government vehicle available to artists to travel to school programs. All other transportation is the responsibility of the artist. The park provides bicycles for artists’ use. All artists in residents are enrolled in the park’s Volunteers In Parks (VIP) program and are covered under Worker’s Compensation for any injuries incurred under the scope of their residency.

Because of the weather extremes in western South Dakota, artists should be prepared for blizzards, heat above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, and varied terrain when hiking or biking.

Program Term

Two residencies are offered per year, each for a period of six to twelve weeks to occur between September 15th through May 1st.

Application instructions can be found here, must be postmarked by June 15, 2014.

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