AIR Collage

A collage of the Artist-in-Residence's donationed art works.

NPS Collection

The park's Artist-in-Residence (AIR), program continues a rich heritage of artists like writer Edwin Way Teale, poet Carl Sandburg, and painter Frank V. Dudley who were inspired by the dunes and whose work and words helped move others to preserve this special place along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Now in its 15th year, the AIR program at Indiana Dunes offers professional artists the opportunity to live along the lakeshore for two weeks giving them uninterrupted time to create art that helps generate increased appreciation and support for the national lakeshore.

In exchange, the artist provides a public program and donates one piece of art created during their stay. The work produced by these artists becomes a permanent part of the park's collection and is currently exhibited in the visitor center. Additional opportunities for displaying the collection are being explored including traveling shows and using a historic structure in the park as an arts center.

Artists Apply Here

Artist's Apply Here!

2016 Artist-in-Residence Program at the National Lakeshore is Now Open!

Application postmark deadline:
March 31, 2016 and received by April 08, 2016
For application click here.

You will receive...

Housing accommodations at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A lightly furnished house for the length of the residency. The house is fully equipped with kitchen appliances and utensils, bedroom furniture, lamps, and related housewares.

There is no stipend. You must provide your own food, bed linen, personal gear, and art supplies. Pets are not permitted.

In exchange...

Artist will provide a framed piece of art at the end of the residency and give a public presentation, exhibit, workshop, or other approved public interaction (2-4 hours). Any artist selected for the residency will provide the copyright for this artwork to the National Park Service. The artist will allow unrestricted, unlimited use of the artwork. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art.


The Artist-in-Residence program offers a two week or less residency in June, July, or August. A panel of local artists and park staff will review applications received, select candidates, and notify artists selected for the program. Be sure to tell us the time period you desire. We ask that you confirm your intention to participate in the program within two weeks of notification. Applications received after the postmarked date cannot be considered due to the time involved in reviewing requests and notifying artists. Please do not send original work or irreplaceable articles as the park cannot assume liability for items which may be lost or damaged in transit.

Past Artist-in-Residence

2013 - Douglas David, Steven Walker, Sam Rosenthal, Kim Clanton
2012 - Sherri Thomas, Dan McGrath
2011 - Jeanie Mcleish, Mark Burkett, Susan Hanshaw, Nancie King Mertz
2010 - George Desort, Victor Pytko, Rachel Lin Weaver
2009 - Larry Jensen, Michelle Michael
2008 - Nancy Klaud
2007 - Sharon Hammer Baker, Jerry Dennis
2006 - Mare Dianora, Kirsten Brat, Tom Virgin, Edward Powell
2005 - Mary Reusch, Linda Hoard
2004 - Helen Stannard, Joel Knapp
2003 - Greg Blair
2002 - Marikay Witlock, Kim Elliott
2001 - Jerry Power, Emily Damstra
2000 - Peter Taylor
1999 - Donna Allgier-Lambert, Joel Cronar
1998 - Marianne Well, Carole Boller
1997 - Diane Canfield-Bywaters, Rick Stevens
1996 - Meliane Parke

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