Sculptor H. Erin Aylor carves a totem for Catoctin Mountain Park.

NPS photo


The very first suggestion of a "nation's park" came from artist George Catlin in 1832. Artists have always played a vital role in preserving our nation's treasures. Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park and the Catoctin Forest Alliance, Inc. (CFA) support this tradition today through the Artist-In-Residence program.

Artists help our national parks with their root mission: conservation and enjoyment. Historic records and technical drawings may help preserve the nuts and bolts of a national park, while the hand of an artist will preserve the park's soul. The artist's work draws the public closer to the park's resources, so that they enjoy it on a deeper level and help to preserve it.

Mission Statement: The Catoctin Mountain Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program, under the auspices of the Catoctin Forest Alliance, Inc., offers visual, literary, and performing artists an opportunity to work in a natural and historic setting to advance art, nature, and history education and appreciation.

The Artist in Residence program is undergoing some exciting changes in 2016! Stay tuned for details.


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