• Sunflowers abloom on the prairie.

    Homestead

    National Monument of America Nebraska

Artist-in-Residence Program

Artists throughout history have evoked emotions, captured moments, and shown us the world through a myriad of mediums. They convey big ideas through a unique lens and allow us to not only soak in beauty, but gain a new perspective.

Artists have been intimately tied to national parks since the 19th century, when painters such as Thomas Moran documented the unbelievable landscapes of the American West. These artists played a crucial role in stimulating the establishment, visitation, and appreciation of these national parks. Today, artists still find inspiration in national parks and continue to help us make meaningful connections to our nation's special places.

 
Melanie Terry

Melanie Terry, 2010 Homestead resident artist

The homesteading story is big—sometimes it seems almost too big to comprehend. But art can help convey its powerful scenes, personal stories, and conceptual themes. Through our Artist-in-Residence program, we invite artists of all specialties to spend time living and working at Homestead National Monument of America. These artists channel their individual talent into one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the homestead story and prairie environment. The opportunity to live and work at Homestead National Monument of America benefits the selected professional artist as well as those who will experience their artwork today and in the future.

The Artist-in-Residence program at Homestead National Monument of America offers professional artists (fine art painters, sculptors, fine art photographers, performers, writers, video/filmmakers, composers or other fine art media) the opportunity to spend a period of time working on their artwork and living in park housing. The year 2014 is the sixth year of Homestead's Artist-in-Residence program. This year we are seeking artists who want to partner with us to explore the theme, "House and Home – Yesterday and Today," among our many other historical and environmental inspirations. We welcome artists of any medium, such as visual and performing artists, composers, and writers. Residency periods can vary from 2 to 4 weeks, and take place during the months of April through October. Periods can be split. Proposed dates are to be identified as part of the submitted application package.

 
Mel Mann

Mel Mann, 2010 Homestead resident artist

2014 Artist-in-Residence Program Details:
For a program brochure, including detailed program information and what to include in your application packet, CLICK HERE!

All applicants must also complete this form - a completed Volunteer Application for Natural Resource Agencies - and include it in their application packet.

Entries will be accepted with postmarks dated on or before March 31, 2014 (or accepted via email by that date). Selectees will be notified no later than April 15, 2014.

To view a list of past resident artists at Homestead, click here.

 
Luna Moth

Mel Mann, 2010 Homestead Resident Artist

For additional questions about the Artist-in-Residence Program,
contact Ranger Molly Watters:

Email: e-mail us
Phone: 402-223-3514

To find other Artist-in-Residence programs in the National Park Service, click here.

Did You Know?

Women in period dress

Women were allowed to claim 160 acres of land under the Homestead Act, 60 years before they earned the right to vote.