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Herbert Hoover National Historical Site

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site offers a residency of eight weeks during the months of June, July and August.

The National Historic Site provides lodging and a secure place for equipment and supplies at no cost to the artist. During the residency, the artist interacts informally with the public, presents public interpretive programs, and contributes a piece or pieces of work for the park to use or display.

Visit for more information and how to apply.


West Branch, Iowa: United States

The residency is in West Branch, Iowa (population 2,300). Churches, medical care, and groceries are available in West Branch. Iowa City (population 70,000) located 10 miles west, offers excellent medical care, cultural, and recreational activities.


  • Residency Length: 8 weeks
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 1


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Professional American visual and performing artists, writers, composers, and other artists may apply.

  • Application deadline: January 15
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    E-mail, mail, or deliver applications by the close of business on January 15, 2019.

Past Residents & Quotes

"A residency at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site affords me the opportunity to explore an abundance of subjects of interest to me as an artist, and a unique opportunity to interact with people who visit the site...Art is so many times a solitary experience and I enjoy the casual interactions with people who are interested in the subjects I work with and the artistic process."
— Diane Blair Kunzler, Artist in Residence 2007

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    The artist lodges free in one of the historic homes at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Water, electricity, and gas are included. Free parking is available behind the houses. The house may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. The house is furnished and air-conditioned. It has a basic television and wireless internet. A washer and dryer are included. The kitchen is fully furnished. The park will provide sheets, blankets, and towels. The AIR may want to bring an alarm clock, a fan, a light blanket and DVDs. The house has exterior locks. If park staff needs to enter for maintenance work, they will attempt to contact you 24 hours ahead of time. In case of an emergency, park staff will contact you immediately before entering. Churches, medical care, and groceries are available in West Branch (population 2,100). Iowa City (population 70,000) located 10 miles west, offers excellent medical care, cultural, and recreational activities.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Additional studio information: 
    Aside from lodging, the park does not have a dedicated studio or storage space for artists. The coordinator will work with the artist to find suitable places in the park to work and to store equipment and supplies.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

The AIR works an average of 40 hours of work per week in the park or other approved locations. The coordinator and the AIR will determine days and hours of work before the residency begins. The AIR notifies the coordinator or his designee each morning about their activities and likely whereabouts. The AIR is responsible for all supplies and materials needed for his or her artwork. Reimbursement may be available for some out of pocket expenses incurred during the residency. Within three months after the residency, the AIR will complete and deliver the final products of the residency. Within one year after the residency, the AIR will provide one public presentation in their home community based on the residency.

Contact Information

110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa 52358
United States