• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park


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Artist-In-Residence Program

Meet the 2014 Artist-in-Residence: Sandy Long

Sandy Long is a photographer, writer, and educator born in Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English from Wilkes University, and is also a published poet and author. Her early experiences and connections to iconic landscapes, have inspired and energized her efforts as an advocate for the preservation and protection of Wilderness. Sandy continues to share her knowledge and passion through community involvement and by keeping the natural world as a focus for her artistic work.

As a focus of her residency, Sandy proposes, "a daily photographic interface with the wilderness of Shenandoah National Park to capture the spirit of this place, from its grand landscapes and dreamy vistas, to its diverse wildlife, to its most delicate and sometimes unobserved notitia—those essential details at the heart of our place-based relationships."


Shenandoah's Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.


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 stewardship of these beautiful public lands and spaces.

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 in September. The works completed during the program will serve, through the vision of the selected artists, to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah National Park's Artist-in-Residence program invites visual artists (drawing, painting, and photography) to apply for this year's residency program. Work submitted should be of professional quality.


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

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 nearest 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, submitted Statement of Purpose, and the relevancy of the artwork and the artist's project proposal.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and in celebration of Shenandoah's own unique Wilderness, the 2014 residency should reflect Wilderness inspired work.

How to Apply
Entries for the 2014 residency have been reviewed and the artist has been selected. Please check back next year for details on the residency period and process for 2015.

Artist-in-Residence Program Overview - Read for full program details

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

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