Grand Canyon Conservancy's Artist in Residence program hosts individual artists from around the world who wish to engage with Grand Canyon National Park and its people during an eight-week residency* at the South Rim in Arizona. The program is designed to support artists with a well-developed body of work that engages contemporary themes, especially those tied to conservation, cultural identity, and community. (*a shorter residency period may be considered)
The residency embraces an artist-focused, open-ended model that prioritizes on-site research and exploration in the interest of informing public relationships with Grand Canyon National Park. While community outreach is of core importance to the engagement, most of the artists' time may be spent on-site as they wish. We hope that the work that comes from this freedom will—through future on- and off-site exhibits, publications, and presentations—advance our fundamental connection with Grand Canyon.
Residency Experience Summary
GCC seeks contemporary artists from around the world with an enthusiasm for contributing to the cultural legacy of Grand Canyon National Park and its surrounding community.
Proposals should include:
- Brief BIO
- Current CV or resume
- Artist Statement (optional)
- Work Samples: 3-9 images, pages, and/or minutes of media that show the depth and breadth of your current creative practice with titles, dates, medium, and descriptions.
- Press / Media
- Residency Plan addressing each of the following outcomes:
- Self-guided research and development: What questions will guide your research at the Canyon?
- Community engagement (through presentations, performances, and/or workshops): Please provide a brief description of 2-3 events you’ll facilitate with the community. Who are the participants? What will you need to deliver each event successfully? (Consider location, duration, staffing needs, and supplies.)
- Creative Contribution: Beyond documentation of your residency and a visual representation of your experience*, is there any specific body of work you hope to make as a result of your residency?
While in residence, artists are encouraged to work collaboratively with NPS staff and to make use of the many resources available to them, including but not limited to access to park staff and researchers, access to park collections, access to park library, access to trails, and backcountry opportunities as possible at the time of residency.
*As a required part of each residency, an artist must provide: 1) a one-page two-dimensional expression of their on-site experience; and 2) publication-quality, digital representations of the artist’s process in residency.
$2500 for eight-weeks, pro-rated at ($312.50 per week) for shorter residency periods.
A limited number of hardship grants are available to those for whom the application fee would present a challenge. Send a statement of need a request for a reduced app fee to Clover Morell at email@example.com.