An artist's plein air painting supplies and easel on a rocky overlook.


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. 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.



Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Our goal is for these artists to seek and share their artistic inspiration as they explore and experience Shenandoah National Park.


The Artist-in-Residence program requires the selected artist to donate an original pieces of art, representative of the artist's style and reflecting the artist's residency within six months of the artist's stay. Selected artist will also be required to present two public programs during their residency. Artists must provide their own supplies during their residency.


The artist will be housed in a furnished room at Skyland Lodge in the park. The housing is only for the artists. Family members, friends and significant others may not stay in the housing.

Dates for the Residency

May 1 - 22, 2024
July 8 - July 29, 2024
August 5 - August 26, 2024
September 9 - September 30, 2024
October 3 - October 24, 2024


Application and Selection Process

Applications are closed for the 2024 Artist-in-Residence program. The deadline to submit an application for the 2024 Artist-in-Residence program was January 23, 2024. Applications for the 2025 Artist-in-Residence program will be available in December, 2024.

For additional program information, contact Shenandoah National Park by phone (540) 999-3500 ext. 3182 or by e-mail

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

Previous Artists

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Learn how Artist-in-Residence Nancy Hershberger makes art quilts that inspire others to get out and explore Shenandoah National Park!

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Last updated: January 29, 2024

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3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


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