Artist-in-Residence Program

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They came, they created, they inspired.

National parks have been the source of inspiration for well-known artists, such as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierdstadt, and Frank Dudley, who have visually depicted the cultural and natural treasures of our great American heritage. These beautiful works are cherished by park visitors and for future generations. Indiana Dunes National Park invites you to become a part of this legacy in our two week Artist-in-Residence Program.

The Artist-in-Residence program at Indiana Dunes offers professional artists the opportunity to live in the park for two weeks to create art that helps generate appreciation and support for the national park. In exchange, the artist provides a public engagement and donates a piece of art created during their stay.

Artist Caroline Goldsmith sums her time spent here.

“Residency work is very different to commission work or good paintings done in studio or Plein Air etc. With residencies comes a freedom to challenge and explore more because of less distractions and coveted time. The walls we experience in everyday life are gone. A reflection of where you are at in every way is reflected right back at you. So you have an artist in shifted focus."


2023 Artist-in-Residence Submissions Now Closed

Artist-in-Residence submission timeframe for 2023 is now closed. Check back early next year for entry dates.

Changes Coming for our 2023 Artist-in-Residence Program

We are experiencing some changes in our AIR program, which will be coming soon this year. This may affect the duration of residence and other key factors. Please check back later. For up-to-date changes, we also have a Facebook group named the Indiana Dunes Artist-in-Residence Muse, which includes AIR news, updates, and even art renderings from past AIR participants and are current members of the group.


Art of the Dunes

Take a brief virtual tour of some of our Artist-in-Residence program participants and the actual park locations where their residing art’s inspiration might have blossomed. Also, watch a short video highlighting some Artist-in-Residence paintings on display at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Please note: Paintings on display are subject to change without notice. Call ahead at (219) 395-1882.

Last updated: April 18, 2023

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1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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