Artist-In-Residence Program Information

Congratulations to the 2021 Artists!

Ethan Edvenson, mixed media artist - March 22nd - April 4th
Jeffrey Lockwood, writer/author - May 16th - June 6th
Jeri Hillis, pottery/ceramics - August 1st - August 14th
Jaime Barks, naturalistic painter - October 2nd - October 16th

Each of these artists is sure to bring something unique and fun to Hot Springs National Park. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and artist-in-residence receptions that will take place while they are in the park.

The Ozarks in Autumn, mixed media piece.
The Ozark in Autumn

NPS Photo

Artist-in-Residence Program Details:

Wanting to apply? Read below on what to include with your application!

Applications for 2021 have closed.

What is required of the Artist during the residency:

  • create work that will celebrate the first 100 years of this park, as well as look toward the next 100 years.
  • Explore Hot Springs National Park's historical and natural aspects through your work.
  • Present one public program.
  • Donate one piece of artwork to the park's collection (within one year from end of residency.)


Application Requirements:

  1. Statement of Purpose - Please explain what you hope to accomplish during your residency, how you plan to use park themes in your work, and what you hope to contribute as a program and donation. Please also include your vision of sharing your art with the public in at least one public program. (No more than one page)
  2. List of desired dates - please be specific.
  3. List of exhibitions and/or teaching experiences.
  4. Samples of artwork (no originals) - Please send print or digital copies of up to 6 images.
  5. Contact information for 3 professional references

Please submit your application either by email or hard copy using the address listed below:

ATTN: Artist-in-Residence Program
c/o Volunteer Coordinator
101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs, AR 71901

Abstract painting of the Hot Water Cascade.
Painting by AIR Vivian Ripley

NPS Photo

Further Information:

This is a non-paid, volunteer position. Residency periods are about 2 weeks long and take place during the months of March through October. Please list date preferences for your residency as part of your application. Housing will NOT be provided; artists are responsible for providing their own housing for the duration of their time with Hot Springs National Park.

Willingness to share your inspiration with others is a central tenet of the Artist-in-Residence Program. Resident artists are asked to present one public program during their residency. These presentations should be based on the artist’s work, experiences, and interests, and may include workshops, discussions, demonstrations, etc. All programs should be developed in consultation with park staff, and should be appropriate for general park audiences.

Painters, potters, sculptors, and other artists, when appropriate, will be encouraged to work daily in view of park visitors.

The artist is requested to donate an original work which embodies Hot Springs National Park’s unique history and ideals for the future. Any donated artwork must be received within one year of the residency. All expenses for materials and for delivery of the artwork to the park is the responsibility of the artist.

Artists will permit park staff to photograph artwork created and programs given during the residency. The artist will sign a photo release to the National Park Service for use of images of the artwork from the residency, and images of activities associated with the residency. Donated artwork and/or associated images will not be used for commercial purposes but may be used for education or interpretation by the National Park Service or Eastern National, the park’s cooperating association.

making Kites in the Campground
Making kites in the Campground

NPS Photo

Art in the Parks:

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.


Previous Residencies

The park initiated the Artist-In-Residence program in 2004 and it has been quite successful. Here you can see the artwork donated to the park by the participating artists:

Last updated: January 30, 2021

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Mailing Address:

101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs , AR 71901


(501) 620-6715

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