Artists throughout history have evoked emotions, captured moments, and shown us the world through a myriad of mediums. They convey big ideas through a unique lens and allow us to not only soak in beauty, but gain a new perspective.
Artists have been intimately tied to national parks since the 19th century, when painters such as Thomas Moran documented the unbelievable landscapes of the American West. These artists played a crucial role in stimulating the establishment, visitation, and appreciation of these national parks. Today, artists still find inspiration in national parks and continue to help us make meaningful connections to our nation's special places. This is especially exciting as we approach the National Park Service's Centennial in 2016 and look to find new and unique ways to connect the people of this great nation to their National Parks.
The homesteading story is big—sometimes it seems almost too big to comprehend. But art can help convey its powerful scenes, personal stories, and conceptual themes. Through our Artist-in-Residence program, we invite artists of all specialties to spend time living and working at Homestead National Monument of America. These artists channel their individual talent into one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the homestead story and prairie environment. The opportunity to live and work at Homestead National Monument of America benefits the selected professional artist as well as those who will experience their artwork today and in the future.