• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Artist In Residence

Begay painting

Professional artist/author Shonto Begay creates work at the Painted Desert Inn, Petrified Forest National Park.


Artists impacted the formation, expansion, and direction of our national parks. They gave glimpses of the American landscape to people that may never visit those lands, creating connections through photography and painting. Still today, artists using a wide variety of media draw inspiration from park lands. Petrified Forest National Park's Artist-in-Residence Program continues the tradition of arts in the parks. Founded in 2006 as part of the park's Centennial Celebration, the program brings artists to the park in order to share their inspirations, ideas, and artwork with the public.
Artist holding camera stands in front of large petroglyph panel

Painter/printmaker David Brock photographs petroglyphs


The Artist-In-Residence Program offers artists the opportunity to pursue their discipline while immersed in the park landscape. Selected artists stay in park housing for two-week periods from April through October. No stipend is provided. Artists must be prepared to work in high desert, summer weather conditions that include high winds, low relative humidity, and temperatures reaching 100 F (38 C) during the day and lows reaching 35 F (2 C) at night.
Giffords discusses artwork

Visual artist/professional conservator Gloria Giffords talks to students at Northland Pioneer College about the paintings she completed at the park.


Participating artists are asked to donate to the park one original piece of artwork from, and representative of, their residency in Petrified Forest National Park. Artwork from visual artists should be framed with glass or prepared for hanging before donation.

The donated artwork may become property of the National Park Service, the park's Friends Group, or the Petrified Forest Museum Association. Artwork may be accessioned into the park's permanent museum collection, used in exhibits, used for educational purposes, and/or auctioned by partner entities. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art.
Klett discusses artwork

Visual Artist/ASU Regents Professor Mark Klett gives a talk about work he produced at the park.


Artists should expect to present two public programs during their residency. This interaction can be tailored to an individual's medium, interest, and experience for park visitors. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. In addition to the park, the nearby community college art department can be used as a public program venue. Artists provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. Artists are also asked to give a presentation in their community upon their return home.
woman painting

Patricia Cummins captures the Painted Desert with bright colors.


How to Apply

Please submit application materials and art samples as indicated on the application form.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2015 season.

Selection is based on:

  • artistic merit
  • statement of purpose
  • appropriateness for a national park residency

Notification of finalists will be made by February 14, 2015, with a schedule of artists posted soon after.

For more information contact the Artist-in-Residence coordinator at (928) 524-6228 x273.


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