Artist in Residence

Artist Reid Psaltis sits near his artwork of a sculpted dog in an exhibit drawer.
Reid Psaltis, one of the 2019 Artists-in-Residence, sits near his artwork of a sculpted dog.

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2020 Artist-in-Residence Application

This year, we are seeking artists who want to participate in plein air painting, drawing, or any kind of arting! They could join John Day Fossil Beds in celebrating one of two special events:

1) The Mother’s Day Plein Air Arting in May will be celebrating mothers while creating art outside at Painted Hills.

2) The annual Fall Festival in September will focus on entertainment (music, games, dancing, creating, etc.) during the homesteading era.

See application page for how to submit. Applications are due no later than March 1, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long are residencies and when are they available?

There is no defined length and timing of each residency; it is decided on a case-by-case basis with the selected artist based on the project and the time they need to work on it. For the projects focused on this year, the ideal length is between five days to two weeks.

What is provided by the National Park Service?

Reimbursement for supplies only used during residency (such as paint, canvases, pencils, notepads, clay, plaster, other raw materials, etc.) may be available up to a pre-determined amount. This amount is decided on a case-by-case basis as the residency is being arranged. Itemized receipts are required for reimbursement. Reimbursements are available to US citizens and permanent residents only. No lodging will be reimbursed.

Is there studio space?
Artist may use the Junior Ranger room in the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center as a studio space to make art. This room will remain open while the artist is working and has become a great place to inspire children of all ages to engage in art! The room has two large tables with natural lighting that allows for a productive work space.

What is provided by the artist?

The artist handles arranging transportation to, from, and within the area. The artist will be responsible for arranging their own meals. The artist will bring all the required materials for work with them. There are no art supply stores within the area.

When is the application deadline?
March 1, 2020. Application available here.

How are artists selected?
A panel of at least three park employees will be convened to review applications. A representative of Discover Your Northwest (DYNW) may also be part of the panel. Finalists may be asked to supply additional information or artwork examples. Special consideration will be given to artists that create works that also fill a park need. These needs include photographs of visitors using the monument to be used in publications, exhibit work (this may include collaboration with other artists), graphic design work for interpretive handouts and/or our webpage, and assistance casting, molding, and/or painting fossil replicas in our laboratory.

Who owns the right to artwork created during a residency?

The artist retains the copyright for their work. They will grant perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive use licenses for artwork from their residency in the monument to the National Park Service and Discover Your Northwest, who may elect to use the art in items for sale in the bookstore.

Last updated: January 31, 2020

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