The Zion National Park Artist in Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic desert environment of southern Utah for a period of one month. All visual (painters, photographers, sculptures, etc.), performing (drama, dance, music, composition, etc.) and literary artists are welcome to apply. International applicants are not being accepted at this time.
Meet Zion National Park's 2023 Artists-in-Residence
Three artists have been selected to serve as Artists-in-Residence in Zion National Park in 2023. These artists were selected from a large pool of applicants representing a broad spectrum of art forms. Please look for the following artists during their residency dates.
Painter. Providence, Rhode Island
Author. Durham, North Carolina
Painter. Springdale, Utah
Zion National Park Artist in Residence Program
Upon conclusion of the Residency, participating artists are given up to six months to finish work inspired by the Residency. An original piece representative of the Residency will then be donated to Zion National Park. The work may be placed in the Park's permanent museum collection, interpretive collection, or, in partnership with the Zion Natl Park Forever Project, may be used in other ways to financially support the park's Artist in Residence programming. You can view some of the donated artwork on our website.
Art and Landscape Preservation
Zion National Park's Artist-in-Residence Program continues the tradition of these early artists. Inspired by the natural and cultural features that make these preserved landscapes unique, artists use traditional and modern artistic techniques to express their interpretation of the park. Their work provides enjoyment and inspiration to park visitors and contributes to the ongoing conversation about the value of wild places and nature.
A jury of representatives from Zion National Park, park partners, and community arts leaders will review submitted materials and interview the top candidates. Selections will be made on the basis of merit and understanding of the mission of the National Park Service. Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, disability, marital status, or age. International applicants cannot be considered at this time.
The application period for Zion National Park’s Artist-in-Residence is generally open from May to July. Please check the website for updates or call the program coordinator at the number below.
Musician Rachel Panitch looking out from the Canyon Overlook Trail during her time in residence in the park, 2014.
Last updated: September 11, 2023