Artist demonstrates with punches, pigment and pieces of leather for visitors
Artists-in-Residence Jim Weaver demonstrates his technique in Contemporary Leather design, 10-22-2021



Art has been inspired by the national parks since the late 19th century when famed Hudson River School painters captured the majestic views of our nation's western wilds. Art has been integral to the preservation of many parks. The national parks continue to inspire artists in more than fifty residency programs across the country. The artist-in-residence program started in 2006—part of the park’s centennial anniversary—in Petrified Forest National Park.

Who is an Artist?

Are you an artist? In the past, the program has accepted composers, dancers, performance artist, painters, musicians, sculptors, photographers, felters, quilters, poets—the list goes on. An artist creates art, and an artist-in-residence creates art inspired by the park. Artists-in-residence are volunteers.

2024 Artists-in-Residence

Dimitrios Papavasileiou
Emma Aylor
Paul Atkinson

Brad Bachmeier demonstrating making a pot on a wheel
Artist Brad Bachmeier gives a pottery demonstration at the Historic Navajo County Courthouse in Holbrook, Arizona.


How to Apply

The application period for Artist-in-Residence 2024 has ended. The next time to apply for 2025 will be next fall. We will announce the accepted applicants next month!

To get ready for applying next year, create an online gallery (or video channel) of your work for our judges to peruse when the time comes. We will also need an artist statement, proposal, idea for public presentation, and CV.

For more information contact the Artist-in-Residence coordinator at (928) 524-6228 x274 or

Artist-in-Residence Cathy Clark demonstrating dyeing
2021 Artist-in-Residence Cathy Clark demonstrating ice dyeing.


Public Presentations

Artists will present at least one at least 30-minute public program during their residencies. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, walks, workshops, or performances. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. Local Scouts are also interested in interacting with the artists. In addition, artists are requested to give public presentations in their communities and/or write an article for the National Park website about their residency experiences. The Artist-In-Residence Program aspires to share with the public the scenic beauty and stories of Petrified Forest National Park through the world of art and creativity.

Painted Desert Inn Casita traditional Puebloan style cabin
Painted Desert Inn Casita


The Residence

Housing for the artist is located at the rim of the Painted Desert, two miles into the park from the north entrance. The casita may be small, but it is historic and charming, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the Painted Desert Inn complex. The masonry cabin has a bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom/living room. Residents must bring their own linens (bedding and towels). There will be kitchen ware for cooking and dining. Wi-Fi service is limited due to the isolated location of the park. Selected artists stay in the historic cabin for two-week period. No stipend is provided. The nearest stores are in Holbrook, Arizona, about a half hour drive. A vehicle is a must for this area. There is no public transportation.

Artist-in-Residence Rhonda Rider cellist at Blue Mesa
Artist-in-Residence Rhonda Rider cellist at Blue Mesa


The Donation

Selected artists-in-residence donate an original piece of work from and representative of their residency. Donated artwork must be received no later than one year after an artist's residency. Artwork from visual artists should be framed with UV protective glass and prepared for hanging before donation. The donated artwork becomes property of the National Park Service, Friends of Petrified Forest, or the Petrified Forest Museum Association. Artwork may be accessioned into the park's permanent museum collection, used in exhibits, used for educational purposes, and/or auctioned by partner entities. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art.

01-07-2023_102842 2021 Artists-in-Residence AiR Cathy Clark Exhibition Quilts, Fiber Artist
2021 Artists-in-Residence Cathy Clark displaying her donation in front of the Painted Desert Inn.

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2021 Artists-in-Residence

Jim Weaver - Contemporary Leather & Print Maker

Cathy Clark - Exhibition Quilts & Fiber Artist

Maureen Moll - Lithography & Print Maker

2022 Artists-in-Residence AiR Alissa Eberle neon artist
2022 Artists-in-Residence Alissa Eberle neon artist photographing "pools of water" in neon next to Agate House.

Alissa Eberle

2022 Artists-in-Residence

Alissa Eberle – neon artist

Claire Giordano – painter, writer, videographer

Patricia Pauchnick – multimedia


2023 Artists-in-Residence

June 12-25, 2023 David Hunter
Sept. 12-26, 2023 Lisa Flowers Ross
October 16-27, 2023 Nancy Hershberger
TBA Larry Hughes

Last updated: December 21, 2023

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Petrified Forest National Park
P.O. Box 2217

Petrified Forest, AZ 86028-2217


928 524-6228

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