Artists have had a long-standing relationship with the national parks, beginning in the nineteenth century. Painters captured the majestic western landscapes of the parks, making these remote areas better known to citizens back east. Since then, artists of all disciplines have joined in those efforts to raise awareness and create connections to national parks. Their work encouraged the preservation and stewardship of public lands and helped to shape the history and future of the National Park Service.
About the Program
The Artist-in-Residence program is open to a wide range of artists, including:
Resident artists are provided the opportunity to submerse themselves in the rich history and scenery of Harpers Ferry, using it as inspiration for their work.
Artist residencies are typically one month in length, although there is some flexibility in time commitment on a case-by-case basis.
Artists may be provided lodging in our historic lower town area during their stay at the park.
Harpers Ferry will offer two distinct AIR programs per year: one in spring, one in fall.
2022 Artist-in-Residence Theme
Harpers Ferry Imagined as a Site of Conscience
Both the spring and fall residencies will focus on the park AIR theme for 2022: Harpers Ferry Imagined as a Site of Conscience. According to the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a Site of Conscience:
How can the power of art enable Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to embrace the ideals of a Site of Conscience? How can art move the park toward embracing its role as a place where sometimes-difficult history lives, where visitors can contemplate their identity as individuals and Americans?
There are a variety of fully furnished apartments within the park that may be provided, depending on the Artist in Residence’s needs and time of residence. Studio space also may be provided on a case-by-case basis, depending on the artist’s specific needs. Access to washer/dryer is available inside of the park. A personal vehicle is not essential but recommended.
Professional artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the Harpers Ferry AIR program. Artist will be selected by a jury of park staff and local subject matter experts. Selections will be based solely on the artist’s merit, how their artistic work can advance the mission of the National Park Service, and how well their work aligns with the 2022 AIR program theme, “Harpers Ferry Imagined as a Site of Conscience.” The artist selection jury does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
How to Apply
Email us** to express your interest in the Harpers Ferry AIR Program, including:
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Submissions including ALL of the above listed information and supporting documents may also be mailed to:
Last updated: October 13, 2022