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.
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, 2010 Homestead resident artist
2014 Artist-in-Residence Program Details:
All applicants must also complete this form - a completed Volunteer Application for Natural Resource Agencies - and include it in their application packet.
To view a list of past resident artists at Homestead, click here.
Did You Know?
To "Prove up" a homestead, the owner was required to make improvements including building a home, breaking the soil, and planting a crop for 5 years.