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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. More »

  • Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure

    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

Artist-In-Residence Program-How to Apply

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.

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

Did You Know?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.