Open season for the Spring Artist-In-Residence program will be announced this September 2019.

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Hikers on the Bigelow Meadow Overlook along trail to Mt. Elijah
Hikers on the Bigelow Meadow Overlook along the trail to Mt. Elijah.


Be an Oregon Caves Artist-in-Residence

The Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve invites established artists to pursue their particular art form surrounded by the beauty of the Siskiyou Mountains and the unique environs of the park. Artists are provided housing in the rustic Oregon Caves Chalet to live and to work on projects. Writers, sculptors, photographers, painters, cinematographers, musicians, sculptors, and composers are invited to apply for this opportunity to draw upon the many aspects of the park for inspiration.

The park is located in rural southwestern Oregon, deep within the rugged Siskiyou Mountains, 20 miles south of the small town of Cave Junction. Over 4,000 acres in size, the park features over 9-miles of trails through old growth forest situated in an area of tremendous geological complexity and bio-diversity. The cave offers an opportunity to experience all of this from the inside out. Housing is in an historic chalet, which is just one feature of a National Historic District that includes the Oregon Caves Chateau, a National Historic Landmark. The chalet can serve as a base from which to experience the historic district, hike the trails, and the cave.

Paradise Lost formation in the Ghost Room of the cave.
Calcite formations of Paradise Lost.


Goals of the Artist-In-Residence Program:

We look to the artist to capture some aspect of the park’s unique beauty with high quality art that interprets the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve experience. The intent is for the artist to translate the park’s purpose as a place of pleasure and preservation through creations that bring enjoyment and a deeper understanding of national parks for the public.

View of the breezeway of the Oregon Caves Chalet
Oregon Caves Chalet


Living Arrangments:

The artist would be housed in a rustic apartment within an historic three-story structure built in 1948. The apartment is on the third floor. It features a small living room, bedroom, and bathroom. A communal kitchen is located on the second floor. Much of the building serves as a dorm and workspace for seasonal ranger staff. The ground floor is the Oregon Caves Visitor Center.


Eligibility and Selection Process:

The Artist-in-Residence program is open to both established and emerging artists, including writers, composers, sculptors and visual artists. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. A committee of park staff will review application materials. All projects must abide by National Park Service policies.


The Artist-in-Residence dates will be between March 18 through May 25 and
September 6 through November 2. Artists are invited to stay up to three weeks.


Expectations of the Artist:

In return for their stay, the artist is asked to provide high quality digital Images of work within one year of the residency and the right to use those digital images in park media and presentations for education, outreach and marketing activities. The artist’s name will be cited in any use. Also, present a public educational program within the park during their residency and/or participate in other activities as agreed upon mutually with park staff. Artists are encouraged to showcase their work. Artists are not required to donate work to the park or to park partners. Should they choose to, the park cannot guarantee that the work will be displayed or stored in park facilities.

Artists will be evaluated based on:

  • Artistic quality and merit of the work submitted for review.
  • Statement of Intent, including importance of an Oregon Caves NMP experience to creating the artist’s work.
  • The artist’s proposed plans to ‘give back’ to the park and community through the sharing of artistic creation.
View of the trail and mossy cliffs of Cliff Nature Trail
Lichen covered marble and trees of Cliff Nature Trail.


How to Apply:

Plans for the 2020 Artist in Residence will be announced at this site mid-fall.

Please provide the following application materials:

  1. Fill out Artist-in-Residence application form.
  2. Resume and exhibition record.
  3. Statement of intent for residency, not to exceed one page in length.
  4. Four to six samples of artistic works in electronic format.
  5. Indication of preferred residency dates.

Mail application materials to:
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve
Artist-in-Residence Program
19000 Caves Highway
Cave Junction, OR 97523

For more information, contact George Herring at (541) 592-2100 x2225, or e-mail us.


Last updated: August 14, 2019

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