Artists have created art in national parks since the late 19th century when famed Hudson River painters captured the majestic views of our nation’s western parks. Today, the sights and sounds in national parks continue to inspire artists in more than 50 residency programs across the country.

Whether staying in a remote wilderness cabin at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, or contemplating history at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa, or working in a contemporary studio overlooking the stone-lined fields at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, these programs provide artists with unique opportunities to create works of art in varied natural and cultural settings.

There are programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically 2-4 weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public.

Each park in this directory has its own application process and timeline so visit the park’s website for further information.

Acadia National Park, ME
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, NE
Badlands National Park, SD
Big Cypress National Preserve, FL
Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Congaree National Park, SC
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Denali National Park, AK
Devils Tower National Monument, WY
Ellis Island National Monument, NY
Everglades National Park, FL
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, AK
Glacier National Park, MT
Golden Gate National Recreation Area / Headlands Center for the Arts, CA
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Great Basin National Park, NV
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, IA
Homestead National Monument of America, NE
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, AZ
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, IN
Isle Royale National Park, MI
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, AK
Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park, VT
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
North Cascades National Park Complex, WA
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, NH
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI
Weir Farm National Historic Site, CT
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, CA
Zion National Park, UT

The Broward Cultural Council Public Art and Design Program is seeking to commission a professional artist or team of artists to create a suspended artwork for the high volume ceiling spaces in the Concourse area of Terminal 2.

The selected artist or team of artists must design, fabricate and install an original and innovative suspended artwork that is functionally-integrated.  The artwork, which will be installed in the high volume ceiling spaces above the main circulation areas of the concourse, shall provide a beautiful, welcoming experience for airport visitors.  In addition to enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the space, the functionally-integrated artwork shall serve as a lighting feature or as a way finding device.  The artwork must be constructed of durable materials that are easy to clean and maintain.

The total budget established for the project is $430,000.

To see a full version of this Call, including the project description and submittal requirements, please visit:  http://www.broward.org/Arts/PublicArt/Pages/Calls.aspx.

An opportunity to RESPOND: Smack Mellon Open Call 


After hearing about the grand jury’s decision to not indict Daniel Pantaleo, Smack Mellon has postponed a planned exhibition* in order to respond to the continued failure of the United States to protect its black citizens from police discrimination and violence. In order to channel our outrage into actions that can facilitate systemic change, Smack Mellon’s gallery space will be used to present events, performances and artworks that address the institutional racism that allows for the police to murder black members of the community.

The exhibition dates for RESPOND are January 17- February 22, 2015.

Smack Mellon’s current Studio Artists Esteban del Valle, Molly Dilworth, Oasa DuVerney, Ira Eduardovna, Steffani Jemison, and Dread Scott will work with Smack Mellon staff as lead organizers.

We hope you will join us in sending this important message about injustice from the artistic community out to a broader public.


RESPOND: Exhibition information:

RESPOND is a powerful and diverse collection of curated artworks, artifacts, objects, performances, and public programs that respond to the context of police violence. Artists working at all levels and in all media are invited to apply for inclusion in the group exhibition. We hope to provide an exhibition opportunity that enables emerging artists, established artists, and young people to share their work side-by-side.

All submissions will be reviewed in the order that they are received. The submission deadline is Sunday, December 28, but artists are encouraged to submit as soon as possible for full consideration.

Artists selected for inclusion in the group exhibition will be notified Friday, January 2. Artwork must be received at the gallery between January 3 and January 7. We recommend that artists hand-deliver the work between 12-6pm, January 3-7. Artwork can be shipped to the gallery, but Smack Mellon is unable to cover shipping or return shipping costs.


Artwork Guidelines:

Two-dimensional work will be hung salon-style. Artwork may be in any size and any medium. Artwork must be exhibition-ready with hanging hardware. Smack Mellon is unable to frame any artworks for the exhibition.

Three-dimensional works, including sculptures, artifacts, objects, and artist books, will be accepted.

Video submissions will be accepted. Video works by multiple artists will be looped on a single monitor.

Performance submissions are accepted. Performances must be submitted as video documentation of past work. In the image script, clarify that the video is meant as a performance proposal (and not a self-contained video artwork).

This is a large exhibition with limited space, and our goal is to include a large and diverse group of artists. Accordingly, size will be considered when evaluating your work. Video works that are shorter than 8 minutes will receive the strongest consideration.

Due to time and space limitations, we are only able to consider a single submission from each artist. Because this is an unusual exhibition with many public events, we are unable to insure artworks exhibited in the gallery.


Event Proposal Guidelines

We would like to provide Smack Mellon’s 5,000 square foot gallery space to be used by community organizers, activists, artists, and communities to organize, collaborate, and act.

We invite members of the community to submit proposals that will:

  • provide concrete resources to help adults and youth to participate in the community and political response to the epidemic of police violence against black men
  • empower young people to engage in the political process through conversation, creation, and protest
  • create cross-generational and cross-community connections that extend beyond the art world and facilitate enduring collaborations


To submit a still image click here.

To submit a video click here.

To submit an event proposal click here.


*Special thanks to Erica Bailey and Michael Kukla for postponing
their shows in support of this exhibition.

Erica Bailey’s exhibition is now slated for March 14-April 19, 2015 and
Michael Kukla’s exhibition is now slated for September 2015.

The Broward Cultural Council Public Art and Design Program is seeking to commission a professional artist or team of artists to create an original functionally-integrated Glass Art Wall in Terminal 1.

The total budget established for the project is $430,000.  The budget includes all costs:  i.e., research, community and agency meeting costs, design, materials, fabrication, permits, installation, insurance, proposals, travel, sales tax, and transportation.

To view the full call and apply:   http://www.broward.org/Arts/PublicArt/Pages/Calls.aspx


The City of Denver has a new Call for Art posted on CallforEntry.org<https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2348&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes>.

This RFQ is for the soon-to-be-built Central Denver Recreation Center, the largest urban rec center in Colorado! The call is open nationally and the deadline is Monday, January 5th, 2015, with a budget for a $165,000 public art project.

The City of Denver Public Art Program and the Central Denver Recreation Center Art Selection Panel has released a Request for Qualifications for artists who wish to work on a public art project for the soon-to-be-built Central Denver Recreation Center. The Central Denver Recreation Center will be the first urban recreation Center in the state of Colorado, located on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street in central Denver. This unique location provides an opportunity to connect to and extend City Park into the urban environment along Colfax Avenue, the longest continuous street in the nation. The City Park Esplanade which extends south from City Park along the eastern portion of the Recreation Center’s site provides opportunities to restore the historic connections to East High School and the historic Esplanade. This pivotal location also provides an opportunity to strengthen connections between the renewed energy of a quickly redeveloping Colfax and the adjacent historic residential neighborhoods to the north and the south. In coordination with Denver Public Schools, Denver Parks and Recreation is working to build a facility that provides greatly needed recreation opportunities to a currently underserved population in the surrounding areas. The 68,000 SF facility will include swimming pools, a gymnasium, fitness areas, community gathering spaces, classrooms and outdoor amenities. The site will be designed in a way to create a new venue for community gathering. The selection panel is interested in commissioning an artist or group of artists to collaborate with the design team to integrate artwork that can successfully connect the exterior/facade of the center with the interior space.