• The Western Escarpment of the Guadalupes rises above the white gypsum sands of the desert floor.

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

Artist in Residence Application

GUMO Mural - Carlsbad Mural Project - Cropped01 (Final) Artist-In-Residence David Lee Cook Photo
Mural painted by local artist Brother Boko
Photo by David Lee Cook

How to Apply

During 2014, artists should focus on the park's wilderness areas, as it is the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Another area of focus can be the National Park Service Centennial which will be celebrated through 2016.

Applying artists must submit:

  • A resume (not exceeding 2 pages) that highlights education, experience and training along with skills in presenting public education programs related to art; a summary of creative works and, if applicable, professional brochures or similar publications.
  • Visual artists must submit images on a CD or DVD (PC compatible) which must be labeled. Writers must submit representative prose, short stories, plays or poetry that reflects your ability. Musicians and composers must submit lyrics and audio recordings of their work.
  • A brief statement from applicant stating what she/he hopes to achieve from a residency in Guadalupe Mountains National Park and how their work will benefit the park's mission.
  • Your preference for a period of residence and accommodations (apartment in park housing or RV site).

Please Note - Submissions sent to the park will not be returned to the artist.

For further information, or to submit an application, contact the park by mail or phone at:

Artist-In-Residence Program Coordinator
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
400 Pine Canyon Drive
Salt Flat, Texas 79847
915-828-3251 x2314

Selection Process
Selection is through a competitive process based on artistic merit, as demonstrated by the examples submitted, the ideas expressed in the statement of purpose, and the willingness to accept the conditions of the national park residency opportunity. A panel of National Park Service staff and its partners chooses the artists and alternates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a car?
Yes. There is no public transportation to the park or towns during the residency period.

What are the housing arrangements?
Artists are housed in a furnished apartment with a full kitchen, or offered an RV site with full hookups. There is a laundry facility in the apartment complex. Occupants are responsible for cleaning the apartment prior to their departure. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Wheelchair-accessible housing is available.

Can I bring my family or pet?
Family members may join the artist for the residency as long as the number of occupants does not exceed the occupancy limits of the apartment. Pets are not permitted in apartments; however, artists with RVs may bring their pets.

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