Artist in Residence

black and white photo of a man looking into an old camera on a tripod at the landscape
Robert Limbert photographing Craters of the Moon

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About the Artist-in-Residence Program

“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 the 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, workshops, and videos.

Residences generally run two to four weeks with negotiable start and end dates. Artists from a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply, including photographers, sculptors, painters, composers, digital storytellers, graphic designers, 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.

Previous Artists-in-Residence

An image of the milky way and Matt's image

Matt Dieterich

2020 Matt Dieterich

Matt Dieterich is an award-winning photographer who enjoys showcasing the beauty of the night sky. His creative vision is to pair landscapes with stunning night sky views to highlight the importance of protecting our natural resources. Matt’s photography has been published around the world by sources such as Astronomy Magazine, Sky & Telescope, and NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. Matt leads astrophotography workshops in national parks and his goal is to inspire others to experience the night sky and get outdoors into nature. He created an astrophotography video about his trip to Craters of the Moon.
Limber Pine on Inferno Cone (left) and David Hunter selfie in the field (right)

David Hunter

2019 David Hunter

David photographed Craters of the Moon's natural wonders, concentrating on landscapes and small details that are often overlooked. A selection of his photographs are available on our Flickr page.
photo of a woman with audio equipment next to black lava rocks and a photo of a woman with brown hair and a red shirt

Flannery Cunningham

2018 Flannery Cunningham

Flannery recorded natural sounds in the field that will be incorporated into new musical compositions. She recently premiered her first work from this residency at the Toronto Creative Music Lab, Three Frogs in Arco, Idaho.
photos of stylized animal masks and a photo of a man in a green shirt

Jym Davis

2017 Jym Davis

Jym created fantastic masks modeled after wildlife found in the park. He also modeled and took photographs of these mask creatures in a variety of Craters landscapes.
an illustration of a tree and vegetation and a photo of a woman with a pink shirt holding a sketchpad

Victoria Hussey

2017 Victoria Hussey

Victoria created tiny paintings of Craters of the Moon which she called "Mini-Monuments". She gave the images away to lucky visitors.
a screenshot of a tree with the text "this twisty limber pine" and a photo of a woman with red hair and a blue dress

Hannah Rodabaugh

2017 Hannah Rodabaugh

Hannah wrote and recited a variety of creative poems about the Craters of the Moon landscape.
a page with a photo of a log building and the text "the shed: craters of the moon national monument" and a photo of a woman with brown hair measuring the window of an old log building

Rebecca Lowry

2016 Rebecca Lowry

Artist and architect, Rebecca Lowry, completed a proposal for rehabilitation and reuse of a historic structure and developed recommendations for a new interpretive trail.

illustration of yellow flowers, birds, and bats and a photo of a woman in a purple shirt with art supplies

Poo Wright-Pulliam

2015 Poo Wright-Pulliam

Poo's work concentrated on the flora and fauna of Craters of the Moon. The art work shown, "Night on the Moon", was chosen to be part of a special exhibit on the Flora of the National Parks at the U.S. Botanic Garden in 2016.

a photo of two hikers with backpacks on black lava rocks and a photo of a man with gray hair and a white beard

Paul Miller

2015 Paul Miller

Paul explored the Craters of the Moon Wilderness and wrote an essay about his experiences there.

painting of a red volcanic formation and a photo of a man in a pink shirt painting

Israel Aguilar Pacheco

2014 Israel Aguilar Pacheco

Israel focused his paintings on features found in the Craters of the Moon Wilderness during the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

painting of a snow covered rocky landscape and a photo of a woman in black winter clothing painting in the snow

Shelly McCarl

2013 Shelly McCarl

Idaho artist Shelly McCarl focused on the dream-like winter landscapes of Craters of the Moon.

painting of a rolling volcanic landscape and a photo of a person painting

Cindy Tower

2010 Cindy Tower

Cindy created dramatic textured paintings of the lava landscape. We were pleased that several of her works were featured in the Sun Valley Center art show in 2016.

Last updated: February 24, 2024

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Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
1266 Craters Loop Road
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Arco, ID 83213


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