2 National Park + Monument Arts Residencies to apply for now


Zion National Park Accepting 2016 Artist-in-Residence Applications

The Zion National Park Artist in Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic desert environment of southern Utah for a period of one month. This call for artists applies to four sessions in 2016: February 2 – March 3, March 31 – April 29, September 1 – 30 + October 13 November 11.

Four artists will be selected for two spring and two fall residency slots. Artist selections will be made and announced in October. All visual (painters, photographers, sculptures, etc.), performing (drama, dance, music, composition, etc.) and literary artists are welcome to apply.

Selected artists will be given a rent-free, furnished park house in the eastern section of the park + $300 stipend to assist with travel and supply expenses.

The work completed under this program will contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Zion National Park and should reflect the National Park Service’s mission to preserve and protect the park’s cultural and natural resources. When in residence, the artist is highly independent, but is expected to present two public programs tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, experience, and audience. Holding periodic open studio hours is also encouraged.

Upon conclusion of the Residency, participating artists are given up to six months to finish work inspired by the Residency. An original piece of artwork representative of the Residency will then be donated to Zion National Park. The work may be placed in the Park’s permanent collection, interpretive collection, or, in partnership with the Zion Natural History Association, may be used in other ways in support of the park’s Artist in Residence and education programming.

$35 application fee; applications must be postmarked by July 17, 2015. Official .pdf application can be downloaded here.



New Bandelier National Monument Artist Residency, September-December 2015

Earlier this year, Bandelier National Monument announced an opportunity for artists to participate in this year’s Artist in Residence Program at the park. 

Artists may be in the fields of writing, composing, performing (storytellers, dancers, etc.), visual (photographing, sculpting, painting, etc) or multi-disciplinary. There is no application fee and no stipend.

The successful applicants can spend up to a month living in park housing and pursuing their artistic discipline in Bandelier’s inspiring and stimulating environment. They will be required to give programs for the public during the residency period, and donate an original piece of their work to the park. 

For 2015, the residency would occur between mid-September and mid-December. Details of the application process and other arrangements are available on the Bandelier website, nps.gov/band, or a brochure is can be picked up in person at the park Visitor Center or requested by phone at 505.672.3861 x 517. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than June 1, 2015.

Click here for a brochure about and an application for the Artist-In-Parks program (PDF).


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