Artist In Residence
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Artist in Residence program offers a remarkable opportunity for professional artists to pursue their artistic endeavors while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape, rich heritage, and wealth of biological diversity. In turn, artists continue the long tradition of interpreting park resources in meaningful ways that inspire and enrich the Smokies experience for our visitors, while also leaving lasting impressions for future generations.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Artist in Residence Program seeks professional artists including writers, musicians, craftsmen, composers, painters, sculptors, photographers, storytellers, performance artists, and videographers whose work is engaged in issues that are relevant to the park's interpretive themes:
Benefits to the Artists
The program provides both uninterrupted time for artists to pursue their own body of work, and also the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach programs. In exchange for the adventure of living and working in a national park, the resident artist has the opportunity to create works and experiences that promote an understanding of the need to preserve and care for this national treasure.
The Selection Process
A jury of representatives from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will review submitted materials and interview the top candidates. Selections will be made on the basis of merit and understanding of the mission of the National Park Service and the park's interpretive themes.
We consider all forms of art except those that manipulate or disturb the park's environment or are disrespectful to any race or gender. Selections are made without regard to race, religion, marital status, sex, age, or national origin.
Benefits to the Park
Artwork and presentations will characterize Great Smoky Mountains National Park for present and future generations, offering an opportunity for the public to experience our heritage through the works of the contributing artists.
Artists agree to convey all copyrights for the donated artwork to the FOTS. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art. FOTS owns the artwork and the rights to reproduce it. Under those rights, the artist has a license to make use of the artwork for personal professional promotion (i.e portfolio, gallery display, etc) with the accompanying language, "Produced under the Artist-In-Residence Program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park."
When and How to Apply
Artists must submit application materials and art samples exactly as indicated below. Insufficient, or excess materials, are causes for application rejection, as is an artist's proposed use of a work already in progress as a residency project.
A panel of professionals from diverse artistic disciplines will choose six finalists, with two alternates. Selection is based on artistic merit, the Statement of Purpose, and appropriateness to a national park residency.
Application Deadline: March 24, 2014
All applicants must submit:
Writers: Submit no more than ten double-spaced, typewritten pages of manuscript or electronic file in either Microsoft Word or a .PDF format.
Performing Artists: Submit CD or DVD indexed to identify five-minute segment for jury review. If submitting MP3 files, include CD or DVD as back up in case there are compatibility issues.
Application packets must be mailed to: Artist in Residence Program, Attn: Christine Hoyer, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in partnership with the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Download a pdf version of the information contained on this page about our 2014 Artist in Residence Program.
Did You Know?
Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...