The National Park Service invites accomplished professional artists, writers, and others to apply to the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program. The application is hosted through an online portal accessible through http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaArt . Monday January 15, 2018 is the last day to apply to the 2018 program.
If selected, artists have a two-week residency in the park for an immersive experience. Artists lead one outreach presentation for the public and donate one work of art within one year. Selected artists travel to and take part in the program at their own expense at the invitation of the park superintendent. Applications are reviewed by appointed juries including park staff, community members, past program participants, and subject matter experts. A public announcement of final selections is expected in March.
“We want people to experience Acadia through the perspectives of artists,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Early national parks owe a part of their establishment to the talents of artists and we want to continue this type of celebration.”
An online application process is open to all, but is highly selective based upon prior professional achievement and broader program goals to foster innovation, diversity, and relevance with new audiences. A $25 non-refundable application fee benefits program operational costs, such as artist housing, and the public display of art maintained in the program collection. Categories include Visual Artists, Writers, and At-Large Participants working in such forms as music composition, performing arts, indigenous arts, and emerging technologies.
Across the country artists work in more than 40 different units of the National Park Service through Artist-in-Residence programs- learn more about these other programs at this website https://www.nps.gov/subjects/arts/index.htm .