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National Parks Arts Foundation | Artist Residencies

We are very excited to continue an extensive artist-in-residence program in 2018 at Gettysburg National Military Park. THIS IS OUR MOST VARIED AND EXTENSIVE PROGRAM NATIONWIDE! With the cooperation of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation we are looking for Artists who want to broaden their art practice while spending a full month at this historic battlefield.

NPAF is looking for any sort of artwork, from traditional landscapes, photographers, to performers, installations, films/video, as well as as writers, poets, sound artists, and new arts media. Virtually any approach can find a place at Gettysburg -- what matters is vision and talent.

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For the next few years we have introduced programmatic themes to our residencies (and our FOCUS ARTS series) in order to diversify the interconnection of the arts with broader demographics and further inclusion. These programs will alternate with each other. With this in mind we have set up these programmatic themes:

Alembic Arts (New Media) (AAM)

This programmatic theme speaks to many varied and mixed media including film image, technologies, augmented Realities, Virtual Realities and any and all combinations with these in themselves of combining classic art media with such "new media".

Arts Revolver (ARV)
The months of these AiRs are open to any and all artistic media including cross-overs or hybrids with any of the other programmatic themes represented in the other months of Gettysburg Artist Residencies.

LiterAudiArts (LAA)

This is one our most fascinating AiR programmatic themes. This category focuses on many and all Linguistic, words, sounds, song and music. A few examples of this are POETRY, spoken word, environmental recordings, sound art, wall of sound experimentation, Gettysburg and heritage archive appropriation and period piece instruments. The list is endless but must be at least in part words or/and sound and POETRY.

U.S. Military Veteran AiRs (MVA)

The park consists of the main battlefields, memorials, cemeteries, and historic buildings, support areas of the most famous battle of the American Civil War. A lovely, idyllic Pennsylvania pastoral setting that is starkly evocative of the living history of the bitterest American conflict, but also a potent symbol of reconciliation. Let it inspire and nurture your next art project at our residencies.

NPAF’s Fine Art curator, along with our select judges and panelists will consider solicited proposals through a competitive application process to identify artists deserving of a residency at Gettysburg National Military Park. National Parks Arts Foundation, through many generous partner donations, provides lodging and a venue for workshops and lectures and a possibility of donating art to National Collections.

In addition to their residency, the selected artist(s) will have the opportunity to present lectures and workshops, exhibit their art and will donate art inspired by their stay in the park to Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Collections, through the NPAF. This program aims to fulfill and exceed goals for Park Arts Programs as indicated in the NPS guiding document issued for the Centennial of the National Park Service.

NPAF will also be partnering with the Gettysburg Foundation, National Park Service, Poetry Foundation, park partners, recognized museums, galleries, schools and underserved peoples organizations to promote Gettysburg National Military Park Artist in Residence Program.


National Parks, National Monuments and World Heritage Sites: United States

We are seeking proposals for ambitious and exciting art projects at the following parks: 2018 GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK (Pennsylvania)24 Residencies in 4 Categories INCLUDING RESIDENCIES FOR POETS


  • Residency Length: 1 - 3 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 20
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 300


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

    2017 Deadlines
    DRY TORTUGAS @ LOGGERHEAD KEY Applications Due: January 20th, 2017
    BIG BEND OPEN CATEGORY Applications Due: January 20th, 2017
    BIG BEND U.S. VETERANS Applications Due: January 20th, 2017
    HALEAKALA Applications Due: January 20th, 2017 (Includes $2000 Stipend)
    CHACO CULTURE (2 RESIDENCIES, APRIL/OCTOBER Both applications Due: January 20th, 2017
    AZTEC RUINS Applications Due: January 20th, 2017
    FORT UNION Applications Due: January 6th, 2017
    PECOS NHP (2 RESIDENCIES AUGUST/OCTOBER) Applications Due: January 20th, 2017

  • Application deadline: April 20
  • Application Ongoing: No

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Dominick Paul Miller Jeannine Bardo Rick Makanaaloha Kia'imeaokekanaka San Nicolas

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    A studio may also be available at each park where National Parks Arts Foundation is available. Please check website for specific program details.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Meal options differ per National Park location where National Parks Arts Foundation is available. Please check website for specific program details.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    In accordance with specific National Park Service rules and requirements and NPS concessionaire rules and requirements.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Film / Digital editing, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Theater, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    A studio usage differs per National Park location where National Parks Arts Foundation is available. Please check website for specific program details.
  • Other facilities and services: Specific as per National Park location where National Parks Arts Foundation AIR is available. Please check website for specific program details.

Residency Fees

$1000 + Stipend for Artist(s).No Residency Fees, low cost application fee.

Stipends / other support

All Gettysburg Residencies include $1000 stipend. You will be given housing and depending on the program a stipend, vehicle, restaurant and other privileges. Please refer to specific program on the NPAF website :

Additional expectations / opportunities

The artist may be able to present a public lecture or workshop, and may donate a piece of artwork to the National Parks Arts Foundation.

Contact Information