The Crater Lake Science & Learning Center, in collaboration with the Crater Lake Natural History Association and the Friends of Crater Lake National Park, coordinates and delivers the park's Artist-in-Residence program.The program provides an opportunity for two eligible artists to spend up to two weeks of the fall, and another two artists for up to two weeks in the spring, at Crater Lake National Park to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscape of the park. The residency provides housing in the park to work on projects in one of the most beautiful places on Earth! Writers, sculptors, photographers, painters, dancers, cinematographers, musicians, composers, and other visual and performing artists are invited to apply for this opportunity to draw upon the multifaceted qualities of the park for inspiration. All of these artists translate the national park's purpose--as a place of pleasure and preservation--into creations that bring others enjoyment and deeper understanding.
Artist in Residence
Eligibility and Selection Process
- The Artists-In-Residence program at Crater Lake National Park offers both established and emerging writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to participate.
- The program will support one established artist and one emerging or student artist.
- All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- A committee of park staff, park partners, and community arts leaders will review application materials. All projects must abide by National Park Service policies.
Goals of the Artist-In-Residenc Program
- Capture the beauty of the park by encouraging the creation of high quality art that interprets the Crater Lake National Park experience.
- Inspire visitors, students, and teachers, enhancing public enjoyment and understanding of Crater Lake National Park through artistic expressions.
- Celebrate student and emerging artists! While the program is designed to appeal to artists at any stage, we encourage applications from interested college students including those enrolled in Crater Lake National Park's partner institutions, Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology.
Artists will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- Artistic quality and merit of the artist. Importance of the Crater Lake National Park experience to the artist's work.
- The historic and cultural relevance of the artist's work to Crater Lake National Park.
- The artist's proposed plans to 'give back' to the park and community. Proposals that feature efforts to artistically interpret science and the scientific discoveries of the park are encouraged.
- Proposals that honor the Native American culture and tradition at the park are particularly encouraged.
Meet 2017's Artists-in-Residence
Spring Emerging Artist
Madisen Hilligoss is a 20-year-old student and artist from Vancouver, Washington. She has loved drawing her entire life, and during her adolescence turned to nature as a source of comfort and inspiration. She seeks to understand how art can be used to communicate about the environment, as well as how it can help us to maintain a personal and societal connection with the natural world. She expresses these ideas through a variety of mediums, from watercolor to woodburning, and is currently learning how to incorporate natural materials in her art. Madisen Hilligoss currently attends Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia, a university that affords her the opportunity to combine her loves of the visual arts, ecology, and geology into an interdisciplinary program. Outside of making art, she loves to hike, read, travel, and learn new languages.
Spring Established Artist
Sue McNally is a painter living in Newport, RI, working in both Rhode Island and southeast Utah. She makes large scale landscape paintings, small abstract paintings and self-portraits with a focus on the formal aspects of painting and drawing, balanced between traditional and contemporary languages. Sue has been traveling the United States by car two months of each year, since 1990, developing a direct and personal relationship with the American landscape. She is currently working on This Land Is My Land, 50 large scale paintings, each representing one of the 50 United States. Sue holds an M.F.A. from The Savannah College of Art and Design and has been a resident artist for Two Coats of Paint, Ucross Foundation, Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center. Collections include The Worcester Art Museum, The RISD Museum of Art, The Newport Art Museum, Fidelity Investment Corporate Collection and Wellington Management Corporate Collection.
Fall Emerging Artist
"Nature and the great outdoors are my greatest loves, and advocating for them is my life's work. Advocacy takes many forms in my work, but the most important to me is education. With a background in Landscape Architecture and graphic translation of scientific information I find my work ranges from a simple tree illustration to complex graphics translating science to the public. Each graphic I create works to illustrate an ecological form, element, or relationship hoping to teach people about the natural world around them and create art that is functional."
Fall Established Artist
Jeremy is an award winning watercolor artist from Phoenix who uses realistic and abstract images to help people understand the enduring values of their environment. Around the world he has taken a handful of paints and a pad of paper and hiked to find subjects that are not only dramatic but that also tell a story about that location. At Crater Lake, he will paint a variety of images including landscapes of areas just a foot or two across in sensitive areas that will be the first places we will see the effects of climate change.
Meet Crater Lake's 2016 Artists-in-Residence!
Matt Witt is a photographer from Talent, Oregon who specializes in images that encourage the viewer to observe and value nature by focusing in on specific details in an unusual way. He has photographed while hiking or backpacking in mountain, desert, and coastal environments throughout the western states. His work has been featured in many national and local publications and in galleries in Oregon and California, and may be seen at MattWittPhotography.com.
Tara is a student at Johns Hopkins University. When she isn't writing, you might find her reading a favorite 20th century American novel (The Grapes of Wrath, A Farewell to Arms, and To Kill a Mockingbird come to mind), taking long walks, thinking about graph theory, or planning her next meal. She is fond of pursuing items on her bucket list, including visiting every National Park, driving across the country, going to a Kodaline concert, owning a telescope, and becoming a vegetable farmer. Tara is incredibly excited for her experience in residency at Crater Lake;she's looking forward to writing and learning in the beautiful park.
As Dan moves into the second half of his career he desires to visit and paint as many of the National Parks as he is physically able to. With five parks painted he realizes that this is a lofty goal, but a challenge he is inspired to take on. John Muir speaks to Dan's core when he said "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." Dan is impressed by our country's commitment to protect and preserve natural and historic objects and wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. His hope is to leave a legacy of paintings that when people look at them say "I remember when I was there" or "I have to go see that with my own eyes". Dan and his wife Julia live in Central Oregon where they own The Clearwater Gallery and The Open Door Wine Bar. They enjoy working and playing together in the beautiful Northwest.
Katrina Hays was an opera singer and river guide before finding her way to writing. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Psycholgical Perspectives, Bellingham Review, Apalachee Review, Crab Creek Review, Sea Stories, Classical Singer, and Cruising World. In 2011 her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the founding editor of Soundings: The Journal of the Rainier Writing Workshop, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University (2012). She lives in Bend, Oregon.
Steven McBurnett worked as a physicist for the US Navy and for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) before retiring to Bend, Oregon. His passion is photography: black & white, color, and panoramic. He shoots with a variety of medium format, large format, and digital cameras. His time is divided between wandering Central Oregon and the rest of the world with cameras in tow, and volunteering with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team.
Last updated: June 28, 2017