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.
“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."
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID19 the 2020 program was cancelled. We honored the artists that were selected and carried them into our 2021 residency. All spots are full. The next call for artist submissions will be posted here this fall for 2022.
Congratulations to our 2019 artists.The work produced by these artists become a permanent part of the park's collection, available for the public to view at various art galleries and other historic locations.
Ron Henderson, “After billions of years of life on earth, we witness trees – a life force seemingly rooted in place unable to flee. In the Indiana Dunes, they are uprooted by wind, swallowed by sand, suffocated by rising brown water. These are the trees I sought out.“
Click here to view the gallery of past Artists' donated works.
Artist-in-Residence Virtual Tour
Last updated: March 4, 2021