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.
An open call for applications for 2018 residencies ended on Jan 15. A public announcement of selections is expected in March. The next open call is expected in Fall 2018 for residencies in 2019
In the program's first entirely online application process, the 2018 open call received a total of 189 applications in the two months between Nov 15, 2017 and Jan 15, 2018. There were 152 applications in the visual art category, 22 in writing, and 17 "at large" entrants, most of which centered around music composition.
Specific numbers of applicants from each of 39 states and three foreign countries included: AK 1, AZ 3, CA 11, CO 1, CT 9, DC 1, FL 3, GA 1, IA 2, IL 7, IN 1, KS 1, KY 5, MA 30, MD 8, ME 11, MI 4, MN 1, MO 1, MS 1, MT 1, NC 5, NE 1, NH 5, NJ 5, NM 3, NY 13, OH 5, OR 4, PA 13, RI 1, SC 2, TX 3, UT 1, VA 7, VT 6, WA 3, WI 2, WV 1, as well as one each from Montreal, Toronto, British Columbia, the United Kingdom, and Beruit.
At 11 entries, Maine ranked fifth behind Massachusetts (which had the most at 30), New York, Pennslyvania, and California. Specific towns in Maine represented included Bar Harbor 1, Belfast 1, Bernard 1, Castine 1, Manchester 1, Portland 2, Scarborough 1, South Portland 1, Southwest Harbor 1, and Swans Island 1.