2017 Artist-In-Residence

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. 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.


The Artist-in-Residence program requires the selected artist to donate original pieces of art, representative of the artist's style and reflecting the artist's residency within six months of the artist's stay. Artists must provide their own supplies during their residency. Selected artist will also be required to present one public program during their residency. The Park will work with the artist on the program, which can be a demonstration, workshop, or public presentation.

The selected artist will be provided lodging in concessions facilities located at Skyland Resort within Shenandoah National Park. This facility is located approximately 20 miles from the town of Luray, VA, and approximately 18 miles from the town of Sperryville, VA. Artists will be required to bring personal gear and supplies.

June Residency Period: June 12-23, 2017
August Residency Period: August 7-18, 2017

Selection Process
A panel of Park staff will select the artist. Selection is based on artistic merit, the submitted Statement of Purpose, and the relevancy of the artwork. Selection factors will include relevancy to Shenandoah National park and environmental awareness.

How to Apply
Artists must submit application materials and art samples exactly as indicated on the application form. Insufficient, or excess materials, are causes for application rejection, as is an artist's proposed use of a work already in progress as a residency project.

Entries will be accepted for the 2017 program in two phases. Applications for the June residency will be accepted until Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Applications for the August residency will be accepted from Monday, May 15, 2017 through Monday, June 5, 2017.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.Please be sure that your application reflects the correct media. Notifications of the selected artist will be made by Wednesday, May 17, 2017 for the June residency. Notifications of the selected artist for August will be made by Friday, June 16, 2017.

Download the 2017 application here. Read for full program details.

For additional program information, contact Shenandoah National Park by phone (540) 999-3500 ext. 3481 or by e-mail

Shenandoah’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.


"Perhaps nowhere in the National Park [Service] is the intersection between people and nature so rich and vivid as it is in Shenandoah National Park". Kim O'Connell, 2015 Artist-in-Residence.

Becoming Quiet - Finding strength in solitude at Shenandoah National Park. NPS written work by 2015 Artist-in-Residence Kim O'Connell

The Boys of the Ghost Forest - Two young men fight against inner demons and the forces of nature in the Civilian Conservation Corps, as they work to build a new national park in the Shenandoah mountains. NPS written work by 2015 Artist-in-Residence Kim O'Connell

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This short showcases one of the many interpretive programs.

Last updated: September 27, 2017

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