Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center Closed
The Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center is closed until Fall 2013 for a major maintenance project. A temporary park Visitor Center, along with the park store, are located in the Lamar Bathhouse at the south end of Bathhouse Row. Call for more information.
Artist-In-Residence Program Information
The park offers a cabin, rent-free for two to four weeks, to professional artists chosen for the Artist-in-Residence program. In return, the park asks each artist to donate an original artwork, representative of their style and reflecting their residency, to the park collection.
Artists have included two-dimensional visual artists, photographers, sculptors, craft artists, video/filmmakers, performers, writers, poets, and composers. The Artist-in-Residence program isn't for everybody. Work submitted must be of professional quality - student work will not be eligible. The artist must be in good health, self-sufficient, and expect to work closely with park staff and the local community.
A panel of park staff and subject matter representatives will choose finalists on the basis of entry materials, recognized talent as demonstrated by participation in juried shows and publications, and the artist's ability to relate and interpret the park through their work. Selections are made without regard to race, religion, marital status, sex, age, or national origin.
The Artist-in-Residence Cabin, located in Gulpha Gorge Campground, is a single story dwelling with seven rooms - living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, utility room and studio. The residence is comfortably furnished and includes a fully equipped kitchen, and washer and dryer. The residence is not wheelchair accessible.
The 10' X 8'6" studio is equipped with a professional easel, drafting table, light table, and true-color light stand. Artists are required to supply their own materials.
At the conclusion of their residency, artists will donate a fully finished original work of art to the park based on or related to park themes or resources and chosen by the park selection committee from the body of work produced during the stay. It must be a piece that is recognizable as being in the park. The donation will be property of the national park, and the park will have the right to reproduce it for its own use. All other works created during the residency must acknowledge the Artist-In-Residence Program at Hot Springs National Park when reproduced by artists for their own purposes.
The 2013 Artist-In-Residence program submission deadline has passed. Check here in December for the 2014 application information.
Did You Know?
In 1892 U.S. Army Lt. Robert R. Stevens hired the noted Boston firm of Frederick Law Olmsted to create landscaping plans for Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. Stevens rejected the firm’s plans in 1893, but some features were adopted and still survive today.