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Contact: Christie Anastasia, 207-288-8806
BAR HARBOR, MAINE – A total of seven recipients, four artists, two writers, and a composer, have accepted invitations to the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program at Acadia National Park beginning in September. In exchange for a multi-week immersive experience, each artist will lead an outreach activity for the public during their stay, and donate within one year, one work of finished art to the AIR Program Collection that conveys a fresh, new perspective of Acadia for visitors drawn from their direct experience.
“We want people to experience Acadia through the perspectives of artists,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “These new works of art will be inspired by Acadia and directly shared through public programs.”
Natalie Andrew, Charlie Buckley, Sue Charles, and Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer were selected as visual artists; Andrea Lepcio and Kim O'Connell were selected for writing; and Rachel Panitch, a musician and composer, was selected in the at-large category.
Two of the participants, Sue Charles and Andrea Lepcio, received a further distinction, new to the program this year, as “Resident Artists.” Since they both live or own property with commuting distance of Acadia, and can provide their own housing, their residencies can extend beyond a two-week period, and may occur anytime during the calendar year. Due to limited housing and staff capacity, all other program participants are now invited to the park September through May, outside of the peak park visitor season of June through August.
The seven new recipients were chosen from a call that was open November through January with more than 190 applications received from 39 states and three foreign countries. Three panels of jurors volunteered to review and narrow applications, a process that continued into April. The jurors included local artists, gallery owners, authors, and community members: Jennifer Booher, Katherine Fernald, Cookie Horner, Carl Little, Gerard Monteux and Howie Motenko. Representing park staff were Michael Marion, Marie Yarborough, and AIR program manager, Jay Elhard. The next open call is expected to open in October and close by December 31 for residences that will begin in September 2019.
Across the country artists work in more than 40 different units of the National Park Service through Artist-in-Residence programs- learn more about these other programs at this website https://www.nps.gov/subjects/arts/index.htm .
To learn more about the seven chosen for Acadia Artist-in-Residence program please visit https://www.nps.gov/articles/seven-chosen-for-acadia-artist-in-residence-program.htm
Learn more about the Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence program at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaArt