Rick Braveheart, landscape photographer from Ohio
Homestead National Monument is deeply woven into the tapestry of America's history and its expansion westward. Having the luxury of spending several weeks on location at the monument and within the community of Beatrice allowed me to better understand and view this historic place through the eyes of early settlers and to capture and convey that understanding through images. As a veteran landscape photographer, this was an ideal setting for creative exploration. And, as an American it was a sincere honor to live on and work on this land that is such an important part of our history.
Megan O'Connor, videographer originally from Beatrice, Nebraska
"My time at the Homestead was wonderful, both productive and inspiring. It was a fantastic opportunity for a creative refuge from the hustle and bustle of my daily routine. Being at the Homestead allowed me a moment of reflection and peace, as well as the opportunity to shoot some beautiful footage and photos that I will be making into a polished film over the course of the summer. Thank you so much to everyone at the Homestead for giving me this opportunity."
Christina Rusnak, music composer from Texas
"Here in the midst of the prairie, and surrounded by farmland, my ears feel entirely open. Not only am I able to hear differently when surrounded by nature, also I hear my creativity louder and with greater clarity."
Emily Melhorn, writer currently living in Los Angeles, CA
Richard Eskin, photographer from Maryland
"Creating images in the fall at Homestead National Monument is both challenging and exciting; it pushed me to think in new ways about nature, light, and the prairie ecosystem. This residency provided an opportunity to experiment with new techniques and extend techniques I had used before. I was well-supported by the staff, and had the opportunity and the pleasure to be involved in other projects at the Park, to meet volunteers, and to get feedback on what I had done. Homestead does not provide the grand vistas of some parks, but it does provide opportunities and necessity for an artist to think creatively, expand his or her body of work and develop new skills. I would eventually like to return to Homestead in a different season to visually explore snow on the prairie or flowers in bloom during the summer."