Arts in Acadia

Painter with small easel works by open ocean
Lise Greil, of Indianapolis, IN, shares this image from September 2017 of a painter using a smartphone to snap a photo of the coastline in Acadia. "Hiking the path along Otter Cove I spotted this artist out on the rocks. Nevermind what he was painting, but was more impressed with his climbing skills to get out there and the balancing act with all his gear.  I never spoke to him, but hope one day he discovers this photo so I can say thanks for the image and send him a copy."

Photo by Lise Greil @lisegreil. Used with permission.


Creating New Ways For Visitors to Experience Acadia

Art and artists have played a key role in the history of Maine’s Downeast Region, and the founding of Acadia National Park. The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to creating new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts.


Participants lead one outreach presentation for the public, and donate within one year one work of art that depicts a fresh and innovative new perspective of the park for visitors that's drawn from their own experience.

The next open call for applications is expected to be during summer 2021 for residencies in 2022. Details are available in the Program Description.

Ask An Artist

Got a question or comment? We want to make it easy for you to engage with the artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and others who have participated in Acadia's Artist-in-Residence program. We'll get an answer for you, and post it to our online blog.

Thumbnail image of woodcut by Nancy Haver
"Schoodic Point" by Nancy Haver

Online Catalog

A comprehensive and permanent online catalog is now under development for artworks donated by Artists-in-Residence since the program began at Acadia in 1993.

Two musicians, on cello and piano, perform in front of visuals on an outdoor theater screen
Justin Sherburn and his wife Sara lead a multi-media outreach program ahead of an outdoor movie screening at Reel Pizza in downtown Bar Harbor in August 2020

NPS Photo by Jay Elhard

Acadia to host seven deferred artist residencies in 2021

There will be no open call for new applications this fall for the Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park. Please watch for updates in summer 2021 about the next juried application process for residency opportunities in 2022.

Due to evolving circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic, the park hosted just one of the eight artists who had been invited for residencies in early 2020. Justin Sherburn and members of Montopolis, of Austin, TX, visited Acadia for two weeks in August and led a socially-distanced multimedia outreach program ahead of an outdoor movie screening at Reel Pizza in downtown Bar Harbor.

For 2021, the park hopes to honor deferred residencies for seven artists who were unable to visit this year, including –


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