Zuleica and portrait sculpture
Interpretive Ranger Zuleica Gerardo poses with a bust of her created by Sculptor-In-Residence Amanda J. Sisk National Park Service (NPS photo)

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site hosts the oldest artist residency program in the National Park Service. Begun in 1969 by the park's cooperating association, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, the position plays an important role in the park's interpretive programs.

The sculptor-in-residence program is open to figurative sculptors who spend the open season from June-October working on their art and interacting with park visitors. The artist works in the historic Ravine Studio, located at the forest edge overlooking Blow-Me-Up Ravine.

Park visitors are able to interact with the sculptor, asking questions and thus learning about how Saint-Gaudens created the artwork they see at the site.

During the season, the sculptor also conducts a series of sculpture workshops, teaching the basics of figurative sculpture, mold making and casting.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and Weir Farm National Historic Site recently initiated a project to better understand the current status and opportunities of the National Park Service Artist-in-Residence programs. As the only two National Park Service site dedicated to visual artists, both with active Artist-in-Residence (A-I-R) programs, we often find ourselves being consulted by other parks and offices in and outside the agency as sources of current A-I-R program information. The report on artist residency programs in the National Park Service was released in 2009, and is available in a pdf format.


Dan Willig - 2018 Sculptor in Residence

Dan Willig is the 2018 Sculptor in Residence at Saint-Gaudens NHS. He is a representational figurative sculptor. Learn about his sculptural process from clay to bronze. Dan will be at the Saint-Gaudens NHS through late September (participating in Sculptural Visions on 9/22) and will be working and demonstrating in the Ravine Studio as follows: Fridays: 9-4:30, Saturdays: 9-12, Sundays: 9-4:30.

Sculpture Workshop Classes @ Saint-Gaudens NHS
2018 Sculptor-in-Residence, Dan Willig - Instructor

• Times: All classes will be held on SATURDAYS from 1:00-4:00 (dates listed below).
• Materials: All needed materials will be provided.
• Location: Classes will take place in the Caretakers Garage.
• Fees: $40 per class, payable with check only to Saint-Gaudens Memorial.
• To Register: Call 603-675-2175 ext. 106 (Limit of 10 students per class.)

July 14 - Sketching at Saint-Gaudens - Still-life drawing: Learning the basics
July 21 - Sculpting Drapery - Introduction to Sculpture
July 28 - Portrait Drawing - Understanding the construction of portraiture
August 4 - Portrait Sculpture: Part One - Learning how to sculpt portraiture from life
August 11 - Portrait Sculpture: Part Two - Continuation of how to sculpt portraiture from life
August 18 - Relief Sculpture: Part One - Learning how to sculpt in relief from life
August 25 - Relief Sculpture: Part Two - Continuation of how to sculpt in relief from life
September 1 - Casting: Casting previous relief work in plaster.

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Last updated: June 29, 2018

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