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.

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.

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

Last updated: February 1, 2018

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