A long legacy of art in the National Parks continued at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore when four artists unveiled their visual interpretations of the park during a brief ceremony on December 12, 2011 in the park's visitor center. Mark Burkett (Mooresville, IN), Susan Henshaw (Union Pier, MI), Nancie King Mertz (Chicago, IL), and Jeannie McLeish (Mooresville, IN) each presented artwork created during their stays as Artists-in-Residence the past summer. Accepting their work on behalf of the park was Superintendent Costa Dillon.
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.
The application process for the 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program at the national lakeshore is now open.
Application postmark deadline: April 5, 2013 and received by April 12, 2013
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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).
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.
Did You Know?
Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.