Artist-In-Residence Program

Over the last century, artists have had an enduring connection with national parks. Their paintings and photographic records exposed these natural wonders to a population often unaware of their existence. Today, national parks continue to inspire artists. In turn, those artists create art that excites millions of people about national parks and builds awareness and fosters stewardship of these beautiful public lands and historic sites.

Shenandoah National Park's Artist-in-Residence program offers artists a chance to live and work in this exceptional environment for a period of two weeks. The works completed during the program will serve, through the creativity of the selected artists, to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Shenandoah National Park. The Park's Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

Shenandoah National Park's 2015 Artist-in-Residence program will offer two residencies - the first one begins Monday June 1 through Friday June 12, and the second is scheduled from September 14 through September 25. The residency in June is open to visual artists in the genre of video production (videography, editing, animation, etc.) while the September residency will be open to creative writers. Our goal for these artists to seek and share their artistic inspiration as they explore and experience Shenandoah National Park. Work submitted should be of professional quality.


The Artist-in-Residence program requires the selected artist to donate original pieces of art, representative of the artist's style and reflecting the artist's residency within six months of the artist's stay.

The 2015 June residency will require the selected artist to donate two original video products. These should be no more than 2:00 minutes in length. The September residency will also require the donation of two original written products.

Artists must provide their own supplies during their residency. Selected artist will also be required to present one public program during their residency. The Park will work with the artist on the program, which can be a demonstration, workshop, or public presentation.

The selected artist will be provided lodging in concessions facilities located at Skyland Resort within Shenandoah National Park. This facility is located approximately 20 miles from the town of Luray, VA, and approximately 18 miles from the town of Sperryville, VA. Artists will be required to bring personal gear and supplies.


Selection Process
A panel of Park staff will select the artist. Selection is based on artistic merit, the submitted Statement of Purpose, and the relevancy of the artwork and the artist's project proposal.

In preparation for the upcoming centennial celebration of the National Park Service, the selected artists will share their talent and creativity to help visitors Find Your Park. The Find Your Park Campaign aims to reach out to future National Park Service stewards to assist them in defining their "park" in their own unique way. Shenandoah National Park is a jewel among National Park Service sites and offers a distinctive array of natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities for visitors. The 2015 residencies should provide inspiration and engage the public in the Find Your Park Campaign.

How to Apply
Artists must submit application materials and art samples exactly as indicated on the application form. Insufficient, or excess materials, are causes for application rejection, as is an artist's proposed use of a work already in progress as a residency project.

Entries will be accepted for the 2015 program in two phases. Applications for the June residency, visual artists in the genre of video production (videography, editing, animation, etc.), will be accepted until Wednesday May 6, 2015. Applications for the September residency, creative writers, will be accepted from June 29, 2015 through July 17, 2015.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Please be sure that your application reflects the correct media. Notifications of the selected artist will be made by Wednesday May 13, 2015 for the June residency. Notifications of the selected artist for the September residency will be made by Wednesday July 29, 2015.

Artist-in-Residence Program Overview
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Application period for 2015 Residencies have now closed.

For additional program information, contact Shenandoah National Park by phone (540) 999-3500 ext. 3181 or by e-mail

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