About the Program
The Padre Island National Seashore Artist-in-Residence program offers a glimpse into the beauty of Padre Island to selected artists for a period up to 3 months. Over this time, artists will be surrounded by the natural world and allow it to inspire them and their work. Writers, painters, sculptors, composers, cinematographers, and other visual and performing artists are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. The goals of this program are to allow artists to form a deeper connection to the natural world and support the NPS mission of conservation and preservation.
Benefit to the Artist
- Program provides time and space to develop and exhibit a body of work, as well as opportunities to engage the public through outreach initiatives
- Free campsite at Volunteer-in-Parks Campground with hookups for a period of up to 3 months (RV or housing not provided)
- Opportunity to collaborate with local artists and artist collectives
- Enrollment in National Park Service Volunteer-in-Parks Program
Each selected artist will have the option of camping on the beach where the waves are footsteps away, camping at Malaquite Campground, or RV/tent camping at the park's Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) campground. Tents and RV's are NOT provided and must be supplied by the artist. For those artists who bring their own RV to Padre Island National Seashore, a campsite with free hookups can be provided for a period up to 3 months. Laundry facilities are also available on site.
If the artist is local and not staying in the park, art supply reimbursement can be provided. Cell phone reception will be limited and there will be no internet available at the camping areas. However, there is free, public wifi at the Malaquite Visitor Center. Artists will have to arrange their own transportation to the park and provide all groceries and personal amenities. Applicants should be prepared for insects such as ticks and mosquitoes.
Interviews and Social Media
Park staff will conduct taped interviews with the artist. Staff will also take photos of the artist at work. These will be posted to the park’s social media accounts to increase awareness of the program and promote the artist’s work. Artists may be asked to give presentations open to the local community and may also be interviewed by park staff for use on the park’s social media outlets.
Summer artists should be aware that this program may need to be cancelled on short notice during hurricane season. No expenses can be reimbursed if this should occur.
At the end of the residency, artists are asked to turn in a brief summary of thoughts and experiences that occurred during their time on the island. This summary will be featured at the exhibition as well as park publications.