“William A. White Cabin, Rocky Mountain National Park,” by Mark McDermott, an artist who was awarded a residency by the National Park Service in 2011

The national parks have always welcomed artistic interpretations in support of land advocacy; Thomas Moran’s evocative and astounding paintings directly influenced the establishment of Yellowstone as the first national park in 1872. More than 50 residencies are available throughout the year.

Each of America’s national parks maintains its own residency program, with varying application deadlines and periods of residency. Some expect artists to offer public programs. Most programs are open to writers, composers, and performing artists, as well as visual artists. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.


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