Over the last century, artists have had an enduring connection with national parks. Their paintings and photographic records exposed these natural wonders to a population often unaware of their existence. Today, national parks continue to inspire artists. In turn, those artists create art that excites millions of people about national parks and builds awareness and fosters stewardship of these beautiful public lands and historic sites.
Shenandoah National Park's Artist-in-Residence program offers artists a chance to live and work in this exceptional environment for a period of two weeks. The works completed during the program will serve, through the creativity of the selected artists, to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Shenandoah National Park. The Park's Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.
Shenandoah National Park's Artist-in-Residence program traditionally offers two residencies - one in June and the second in August. A genre is usually selected and applications are then accepted in anticipation of selecting an artist for each of the residences. Details for 2017 have not been announced. Our goal is for these artists to seek and share their artistic inspiration as they explore and experience Shenandoah National Park.Work submitted should be of professional quality.