Artist in Residence

Limbert filming
Robert Limbert photographing Craters of the Moon

“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 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. Click on the link below for more information and to apply for a residency.

Artist and 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.

Artist and painting

Shelly McCarl

2013 Shelly McCarl

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

Artist and 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.

Cllick on his image to read the essay.

Paul Miller

2015 Paul Miller

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

Artist and painting

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.

Artist and painting

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.


2017 Hannah Rodabaugh

Hannah wrote and recited a variety of creative poems about the Craters of the Moon landscape. Enjoy a sampling of these by clicking on the image.
artist in field

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. Learn more by clicking on the image.
mask maker

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.
composer in the field

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.
Limber Pine on Inferno Cone (left) and David Hunter selfie in the field (right)

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.

Last updated: October 10, 2019

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