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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • October ORV Advisory Committee Meeting Canceled

    The National Park Service (NPS) at Big Cypress National Preserve has canceled the previously scheduled Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee (ORVAC) meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Artist-In-Residence Program-How to Apply


Artists must submit application materials and art samples exactly as indicated. Insufficient, or excess materials, are causes for application rejection, as is an artist's proposed use of a work already in progress (before your arrival) as a residency project.

If you are interested in being considered for one of our opportunities, please provide:

  1. Resume
  2. Entry form
  3. Contact information
  4. Artist statement of work
  5. Six electronic examples of your work
  6. Dates that you wish to conduct your residency (please provide two or three options).

To download a printable entry form, click here. Once your application package is complete, please mail to the following address:

Attn: Coordinator, Artist-In-Residence Program
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail E
Ochopee, FL 34141

Calendar for 2015-2016
Entries are accepted for the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program with postmarks dated September 1, through November 30, 2014. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be considered.

Notifications will be made to finalists by February 28, 2015.

The Selection Process
A panel of professionals from diverse artistic disciplines will choose participating artists. Selection is based on artistic merit, the Statement of Purpose, and appropriateness to a national park residency.

Program Management
Big Cypress National Preserve's Artist-In-Residence Program is managed by the Division of Interpretation. It is one of the founding and longest running programs in the National Park System. The works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our national parks and create a legacy preserved for future generations.

Past Artist-In-Residence caught in the act of creating a work of art.

Did You Know?


Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.