Arts in Acadia

Painter with small easel works by open ocean
Lise Greil, of Indianapolis, IN, shares this image from Sept 19 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.


In exchange for a two-week residency in Acadia, artists 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. Details are available in the Program Description.

A comprehensive and permanent Online Catalog is now under development for artworks donated by Artists-in-Residence since the program began at Acadia in 1992.

The most recent open call for applications ended on Jan 15, 2018 with more than 190 received. The selection process has concluded, with availability inquires accepted by four visual artists, two writers, and one at-large program participant. A public announcement of those seven individuals is likely by mid May.

The next open call will be from Oct 1 through Dec 31, 2018. Most residencies from this call will occur between late August 2019 and early May 2020.

Oil painting on easel on Acadia coastline
Painting and photo by Layne Johnson. Used with permission.

Last updated: April 30, 2018

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