David Hunter is a landscape, nature, and nightscape photographer that moonlights during the day as a kindergarten teacher. David has been selected for several artist-in-residencies including Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Craters of the Moon National Monument, and most recently in Capitol Reef National Park. David has also photographed conservation projects for several National Parks including Yosemite, Sequoia, and Great Basin. David resides in Fresno, CA in California’s great Central Valley where he lives with his wife, two kids, and three cats. You can see more of his art and photo projects at davidhunterphoto.com
A New Aspect of the Artist-in-Residence ProgramThe Department of the Interior Museum, through its Office of the Secretary Art Collection (OSAC), is working to be more representative of the geographic and thematic diversity of the Department of the Interior’s public lands, as well as to better highlight underrepresented communities not previously portrayed in OSAC. With a more comprehensive collection, the museum will have a range of options for the artwork that will be displayed in senior DOI officials’ offices and/or exhibits in the museum.
Artists selected for the residency may be invited to donate one two-dimensional work of art to the OSAC collection. If so, they are asked to produce a piece that aligns with both the Interior Museum’s Scope of Collection and the mission of the Department of the Interior (e.g. in part, to conserve and manage “the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people.”). The donated artwork may be either a) an existing work produced onsite during their residency or b) a new work reflective of the artist’s residency at that site within a year of completion. An artist’s donation of artwork is strictly voluntary and has no bearing on any other aspect of their residency.
The unrestricted donation of the artwork would render it available for the Museum’s OSAC Art-in-Office program (for possible display in the offices of the Secretary of the Interior, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, and other senior staff,); for exhibition in the Interior Museum; for use in the Interior Museum’s educational and interpretive materials, online exhibitions, and social media; or for loan to other qualified museums.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: December 10, 2022