Artist in Residence

A dune line in front of the beach with a bright blue sky with patchy clouds.

The rhythmic waves, high dunes, ancient maritime forest, historic landmarks, and wildlife of Fire Island make it a special place. Far from the pressure of nearby big-city life, the dynamic barrier island beach, including the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area, offer solitude and spiritual renewal. When Fire Island National Seashore was established in 1964, its enabling legislation stated that the preexisting communities and commercial uses would be allowed to remain. The dynamic balance of this environmental treasure with human habitation has lead to a culture steeped in artistic tradition.

An artist with long hair stands on the beach painting a watercolor picture of grassy dunes.

Artist-in-Residence at Fire Island

The Fire Island National Seashore Artist-in-Residence Program honors the longstanding tradition of art in the national parks and on Fire Island by facilitating artists to create relevant place- and story-based work that brings a broader understanding of the unique elements that comprise Fire Island. The goals of this program are to provide creative and educational opportunities for artists of all disciplines to explore the qualities of the natural environment, culture, and/or history of Fire Island, and to support the mission of the NPS to promote the conservation and preservation of the park.


Artists accepted into the program will be based in national park housing located at Watch Hill on Fire Island. The house is fully furnished and is accessible by ferry or boat only. Artists must provide and transport groceries and personal amenities. Artists should be in reasonably good health and expect solitude, damp conditions, and be prepared for insects, including ticks and mosquitoes.

Two-week residencies will be held during the period of late May to late June, and early September to early October of each calendar year.

How to Apply

Artists must submit application information and materials as instructed in the application packet. A panel of professionals from diverse artistic disciplines and National Park Service representation will review applicants for acceptance into the program.

Applications for 2019 are due March 1, 2019

Residency dates for 2019 are as follows:

  • May 25 through June 8
  • June 9 through June 23
  • August 31 through September 14
  • September 15 through September 29
For more information and for the 2019 application, please email us.

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120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772


(631) 687-4750

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