Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence
Deadline: January 15
Art and artists have played a key role in the history of Maine’s Down East Region, and the founding of Acadia National Park. The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to creating new ways for visitors to experience the park. In exchange for a two-week immersive experience, artists lead one outreach presentation with the public, and donate within one year one work of art that depicts a fresh and innovative new perspective of Acadia for park visitors.
Artists travel to and take part in the program at their own expense at the invitation of the park superintendent. An online application 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 $25 non-refundable application fee benefits program operational costs, such as artist housing, and the display of art maintained in the program collection.
Three categories of applicants are considered at present: Visual Artists; Writers; and At-Large Participants working in such forms as music composition, performing arts, indigenous arts, and emerging technologies. Applications are reviewed by appointed juries including park staff, community members, past program participants, and subject matter experts.
While the program seeks to be fair, consistent, and transparent, the total number of residencies, their timing on the calendar, and the variety of specific park locations where they are hosted may vary significantly from one year to the next. During peak visitation, typically June through August, the quantity and complexity of artist residencies tend to be limited due to scarce park housing and staff capacity.
In their statement of objectives and expectations during the application process, artists are encouraged to express preferences for dates and locations that are necessary to achieve their specific residency goals. Final selections are determined by a combination of jury rankings, and whether program managers are able to accommodate preferred residency dates and locations of top applicants.
While Acadia is pro-family and pet-friendly, the rigors intended for the experience allow for each artist to be accompanied only by one adult companion at any given time. Wheelchair-accessible housing is available. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Local transportation is not provided.