Art in the Park
Artists have played a vital role in national parks since the 1870's when famed Hudson River painters documented the majestic landscapes of the west—places destined to become the first national parks. This tradition continues today in many units of the National Park System including here at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.
Artists in Residence
“A place of color and silence” is how Robert Limbert described Craters of the Moon’s haunting landscape in the early 1920s. To this day light, color, and solitude continue to define the Craters of the Moon experience. These qualities also inspire ideas expressed through photography, painting, sculpture, writing and other forms of art.
The monument’s Artist-in-Residence program began in 2010. During their residency artists develop works that express various facets of Craters of the Moon while honing their craft in a one-of-a-kind location. They also share different park meanings with the public through lectures and workshops.
Residences generally run 2-4 weeks with negotiable start and end dates. Artists from a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply, including: photographers, sculptors, painters, composers, and writers. Selections are made by a panel of park and partner staff who consider artistic merit, relevance of Craters of the Moon to the artist’s work, proposals for public outreach and interaction, and appropriateness for a national park residency. Follow this link for more information or to apply.
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Last updated: July 26, 2017