“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.
2010 Cindy Tower
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.
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