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 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.


Most residencies span 14 nights of park-provided housing. Year round "Resident Artist" opportunities are also available for participants who have a home or seasonal residence within commuting distance of the park. All participants are asked to lead one public outreach activity and to donate one finished artwork to the program collection for public display in gallery spaces and an online catalog. Details are available in the Program Description.

Starting in 2023, all of the program's operating costs are covered fully by donations from sales proceeds at America’s National Parks® stores throughout the park.
Thumbnail image of woodcut by Nancy Haver
"Schoodic Point" by Nancy Haver

Online Catalog

To commemorate the 30th anniverary of the founding of the Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park in October 1993, Margaret Van Scoyk, a ranger at the Entrance Station along the Park Loop Road, spent part of her winter 2023 on a total redesign of the program's extensive and ever-evolving online catalog of participants and the artwork they have donated. The effort makes it a lot easier to appreciate how Acadia over these last 30 years has continued to inspire accomplished painters, illustrators, photographers, metalsmiths, textile artists, poets, essayists, composers, and dancers as well as a playwright, food writer, digital animator and stand-up comic. Enjoy.


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