Artist in Residence
"As I begin to pack my belongings, I’m replaying brilliant and sublime moments from this past month in the Badlands. Erosion. Weather. Geology. Solitude. It truly has been a spectacular and diverse time to be here, a real blessing."
The Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park was founded in 1996 and is open to all professional artists. 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.
Poets, writers, and composers represent an important aspect of the Artist in Residence program. These artists have found creative inspiration within the Badlands to produce written word and compositions of musical expression.
Due to a lack of gallery space within the public park facilities, most of the artwork submissions are not on display for the public to view. This online gallery provides a virtual display space, making the artwork accessible for the public to view and enjoy. For a closer look, check out the Artist in Residence video podcast and hear the voices of former artists.
For information on how to apply, see Artist Application.
Did You Know?
To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.