Acadia National Park (ME), Open Call for Applicants: Artist-in-Residence Program 2019

23DD9190-1DD8-B71C-0EF132132F9F9218Acadia National Park (ME), Open Call for Applicants: Artist-in-Residence Program 2019

Deadline: December 31st, 2018

The Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park encourages accomplished, professional artists to create fresh and innovative new ways for visitors to experience the park through the arts. Selected artists travel to and take part in the program at their own expense at the invitation of the park superintendent. There is no stipend or support provided beyond park housing, and the possibility of collaborative opportunties with some park staff. Local transportation is not provided. Participants must possess a valid drivers license and personal vehicle. Paricipants are at liberty to use online fundraising campaigns to help cover travel and other costs associated with their residencies, but they may not brand, promote, or imply endorsement of such activities by the National Park Service, Acadia National Park, or the Artist-in-Residence program.

In exchange for 14 nights in park-provided housing over a residency year, participants are asked to host a public outreach activity with park visitors, and to donate within a year one finished work of art that depicts a new perspective of Acadia for visitors that’s drawn from their own experience. Pieces donated to the program collection are included in a permanent online catalog on the park website, and displayed seasonally in public spaces within the park, surrounding communities, and beyond.

An open call for online applications spans from October 1 through December 31, 2018. The process is open to all, but is highly selective based upon prior professional achievement and broader program goals to foster innovation, diversity, and relevance with new audiences. A required application fee of $25 directly benefits program operational costs, such as participant housing, supplies for public display spaces, and staffing assistance with public outreach activities.

Applications are reviewed by juries consisting of past program participants, subject matter experts, local community members, and park staff. The jury period typically spans from January 1 through March 1 each year. The park superintendent then reviews and extends formal invitations to individual participants. Once all available residencies are accepted, other remaining applicants are notified of the outcome of their submissions via email, preferably before March 31 each year. Once specific housing and residency dates are fully confirmed, park staff will craft a press release announcing the names and qualifications of all selected participants, preferably before May 1.

Currently, the total number of AiR participants at Acadia is capped at eight each year. Some residency opportunities may be left unfilled.

  • Four for Visual Arts in painting, textiles, sculpture, fine art photography, etc
  • Two for Writing in essays, poetry, drama, etc
  • Two for “At-Large” categories including music, dance, indigenous arts, emerging techologies, etc

Link for more detailed information and to apply via CaFE:

Acadia National Park website link:

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