Artist-In-Residence Program

Peter Britt - 1st Photo of Crater Lake
First photograph of Crater Lake by Peter Britt.

Southern Oregon Historical Society

The Crater Lake Science & Learning Center, in collaboration with the Crater Lake Natural History Association and the Friends of Crater Lake National Park, coordinates and delivers the Artist-in-Residence program.

The program provides an opportunity for two eligible artists to spend up to two weeks of the fall, and another two artists for up to two weeks in the spring, at Crater Lake National Park to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscape of the park.

Artists are provided housing in the park to work on projects in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Writers, sculptors, photographers, painters, dancers, cinematographers, musicians, composers, and other visual and performing artists are invited to apply for this opportunity to draw upon the multifaceted qualities of the park for inspiration.

All of these artists translate the national park's purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, into creations that bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the parks.


Eligibility and Selection Process

  • The Artists-In-Residence program at Crater Lake National Park offers both established and emerging writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to participate.
  • The program will support one established artist and one emerging or student artist. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • College Credit may be available through Southern Oregon University.
  • A committee of park staff, park partners, and community arts leaders will review application materials. All projects must abide by National Park Service policies.

Click here to download the 2017 Artist-in-Residence application!


Goals of the Artist-In-Residence

  • Capture the beauty of the park by encouraging the creation of high quality art that interprets the Crater Lake National Park experience.
  • Inspire visitors, students, and teachers, enhancing public enjoyment and understanding of Crater Lake National Park through artistic expressions.
  • Celebrate student and emerging artists! While the program is designed to appeal to artists at any stage, we encourage applications from interested college students including those enrolled in Crater Lake National Park's partner institutions, Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology.

Selection Criteria

Artists will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality and merit of the artist.
  • Importance of the Crater Lake National Park experience to the artist’s work.
  • The historic and cultural relevance of the artist’s work to Crater Lake National Park.
  • The artist’s proposed plans to ‘give back’ to the park and community.
  • Proposals that feature efforts to artistically interpret science and the scientific discoveries of the park are encouraged.
  • Proposals that honor the Native American culture and tradition at the park are particularly encouraged.
Matt Witt 2016 Spring Artist in Residence
Matt Witt - 2016 Spring Established Artist in Residence

Photo: Matt Witt

Matt Witt is a photographer from Talent, Oregon who specializes in images that encourage the viewer to observe and value nature by focusing in on specific details in an unusual way. He has photographed while hiking or backpacking in mountain, desert, and coastal environments throughout the western states. His work has been featured in many national and local publications and in galleries in Oregon and California, and may be seen at
Tara Abrishami, 2016 Spring Emerging Artist in Residence
Tara Abrishami - 2016 Spring Emerging Artist in Residence

Photo: Calvin Qian

Tara is a student at Johns Hopkins University. When she isn't writing, you might find her reading a favorite 20th century American novel (The Grapes of Wrath, A Farewell to Arms, and To Kill a Mockingbird come to mind), taking long walks, thinking about graph theory, or planning her next meal. She is fond of pursuing items on her bucket list, including visiting every National Park, driving across the country, going to a Kodaline concert, owning a telescope, and becoming a vegetable farmer. Tara is incredibly excited for her experience in residency at Crater Lake;she's looking forward to writing and learning in the beautiful park.

Dan Rickards - 2016 Fall Artist in Residence
Dan Rickards - 2016 Fall Established Artist in Residence

Photo: Dan Rickards

As Dan moves into the second half of his career he desires to visit and paint as many of the National Parks as he is physically able to. With five parks painted he realizes that this is a lofty goal, but a challenge he is inspired to take on. John Muir speaks to Dan's core when he said "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." Dan is impressed by our country's commitment to protect and preserve natural and historic objects and wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. His hope is to leave a legacy of paintings that when people look at them say "I remember when I was there" or "I have to go see that with my own eyes". Dan and his wife Julia live in Central Oregon where they own The Clearwater Gallery and The Open Door Wine Bar. They enjoy working and playing together in the beautiful Northwest.

Katrina Hays - 2016 Fall Emerging Artist in Residence
Katrina Hays - 2016 Fall Emerging Artist in Residence

Photo: Katrina Hays

Katrina Hays was an opera singer and river guide before finding her way to writing. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Psycholgical Perspectives, Bellingham Review, Apalachee Review, Crab Creek Review, Sea Stories, Classical Singer, and Cruising World. In 2011 her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the founding editor of Soundings: The Journal of the Rainier Writing Workshop, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University (2012). She lives in Bend, Oregon.

- 2016 Fall Emerging Artist in Residence
Steve McBurnett - 2016 Fall Emerging Artist in Residence

Photo: Steve McBurnett

Steven McBurnett worked as a physicist for the US Navy and for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) before retiring to Bend, Oregon. His passion is photography: black &white, color, and panoramic. He shoots with a variety of medium format, large format, and digital cameras. His time is divided between wandering Central Oregon and the rest of the world with cameras in tow, and volunteering with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team.

Last updated: December 7, 2016

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