Manassas National Battlefield Park Artist-in-Residence Program
Thank you for your interest in Manassas National Battlefield Park's Artist-in-Residence program.
The application period for the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program is now closed. Please check back Fall 2018 for the 2019 application.
1) Read all information provided on this page.
2) Become familiar with the park's interpretive themes and existing programs.
3) Follow and complete application process and submit.
The Artist in Residence program at Manassas National Battlefield Park was founded in 2016 and is open to students and professional artists who are over the age of 16 and US citizens. The program provides time for artists to get away from everyday responsibilities to focus on their surroundings and their medium. Artists will translate the meanings and significance (themes) of Manassas National Battlefield Park into artistic expressions within their chosen art medium. Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Artist-in-Residence program is two-weeks long. Program dates will be selected by the park and selected artist. No stipend is provided.
> Explore Manassas National Battlefield Park’s historical and natural themes through your work
> Donate one piece of artwork to the park's collection
The mission of Manassas National Battlefield Park is to preserve the historic landscape containing historic sites, buildings, objects and views that contribute to the natural significance of the First and Second Battles of Manassas, for the use, inspiration and benefit of the public.
The Artist-In-Residence Program aspires to share with the public the history and scenic beauty of Manassas National Battlefield Park through the world of art. Artists will be encouraged to interact with park visitors on site. Artists will also be encouraged to host a presentation/art showcase for the public or park staff on his or her medium, interests and experiences. This interaction can be tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience using only a few hours of one’s stay. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations.
Selected artists participating in Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Artist-In- Residence Program are asked to donate to the Park an original piece of work from, and representative of their residency in the battlefield which will serve to promote and celebrate the Park. Donated artwork must be received no later than six months after an artist's residency. Artists are required to sign a contract to provide the copyright for this artwork to the National Park Service. All submissions and agreements are maintained as part of the park's museum collections. Artwork may be used in exhibits, educational programs, commercial publications, public affairs, fundraising efforts, and by National Park Service Friend’s Groups for their products. Commercial use of the original artwork will be decided upon by the park and selected artist.
Subject to availability and need, the park offers housing at no cost to the artist. Housing is more likely to be available during the winter, spring and fall. Housing is fully furnished with heat and air conditioning. Basic cooking equipment is also provided. No additional studio space is available. Artists need to bring bedding, personal gear, food and art supplies. All transportation is the responsibility of the artist. All artists are enrolled in the park's Volunteers In Parks (VIP) program and are covered under Worker's Compensation for any injuries incurred under the scope of their residency.
Submissions will be reviewed in December of each year with artist notification on or before Janurary 5th. Selections will be based upon artistic integrity, ability to interpret park themes, ability to connect and relate their artwork to visitors, and the willingness to donate a finished, original piece of artwork which was inspired during the artist's residency. All art forms are considered except those that manipulate or disturb the park's environment.