Artist in Residence Program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

AIR Collage
A collage of the Artist-in-Residence's donationed art works.

NPS Collection

The park's Artist-in-Residence (AIR), program continues a rich heritage of artists like writer Edwin Way Teale, poet Carl Sandburg, and painter Frank V. Dudley who were inspired by the dunes and whose work and words helped move others to preserve this special place along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Now in its 15th year, the AIR program at Indiana Dunes offers professional artists the opportunity to live along the lakeshore for two weeks giving them uninterrupted time to create art that helps generate increased appreciation and support for the national lakeshore.

In exchange, the artist provides a public program and donates one piece of art created during their stay. The work produced by these artists becomes a permanent part of the park's collection and is currently exhibited in the visitor center. Additional opportunities for displaying the collection are being explored including traveling shows and using a historic structure in the park as an arts center.

Artists Apply Here

2016 Artist-in-Residence submissions have been juried and letters have been mailed out to all applicants.

Please visit back in November for 2017 application.

Past Artist-in-Residence

2013 - Douglas David, Steven Walker, Sam Rosenthal, Kim Clanton
2012 - Sherri Thomas, Dan McGrath
2011 - Jeanie Mcleish, Mark Burkett, Susan Hanshaw, Nancie King Mertz
2010 - George Desort, Victor Pytko, Rachel Lin Weaver
2009 - Larry Jensen, Michelle Michael
2008 - Nancy Klaud
2007 - Sharon Hammer Baker, Jerry Dennis
2006 - Mare Dianora, Kirsten Brat, Tom Virgin, Edward Powell
2005 - Mary Reusch, Linda Hoard
2004 - Helen Stannard, Joel Knapp
2003 - Greg Blair
2002 - Marikay Witlock, Kim Elliott
2001 - Jerry Power, Emily Damstra
2000 - Peter Taylor
1999 - Donna Allgier-Lambert, Joel Cronar
1998 - Marianne Well, Carole Boller
1997 - Diane Canfield-Bywaters, Rick Stevens
1996 - Meliane Parke

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