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Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program

Residencies to USA Artists, Musicians, Writers, and
Photographers to Create Artwork on a Wyoming Nature Reserve

Agency Type:

Federal

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National Park Service - Bighorn Canyon

Deadline Date:

01/31/20

Description:

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Residencies to USA sculptors, composers, painters, musicians, writers, photographers, culinary and performing artists to create artistic work on a nature reserve in Wyoming. This program is intended to increase the public's appreciation for and understanding of national parks. Housing at the site is limited and artists in this program should be comfortable living and working in remote settings.

This residency will take place at Bighorn Canyon National Park in Lovell, Wyoming.

Artistic Themes

To ensure the Artist-in-Residence program helps to promote the fundamental ideas, concepts, and inherent meanings of Bighorn Canyon, it is important that the artists understand the park themes and that their work and programs reflect those themes.

  • Theme 1: The vast, wild landscape of BICA offers modern visitors unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world and experience the wonders of this extraordinary place.
  • Theme 2: The 120,000 acres of land and water in BICA display an astounding diversity of ecosystems supporting hundreds of species of plant life, birds, fish, and other wildlife.
  • Theme 3: Bighorn Canyon, the river, and the surrounding environment are a vital part of the ancient and living culture of American Indians, including the Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Shoshone, Blackfeet, Arapaho, Lakota, and other tribes of the region.
  • Theme 4: The lives and stories of the 19th and early 20th century settlers of European descent in this region illustrate the challenges, changes, perils, and personalities of America’s “wild west” frontier, with legacies that live on in the lifeways of their 21st century descendants.
  • Theme 5: Through the ages and into present day, the water resources of the Bighorn River, lake and watershed represent a vital, life-giving force in a tough, challenging environment.
  • Theme 6: The ancient cliffs and exposed rocks of Bighorn Canyon provide a fascinating geological record of earth’s changes over many millions of years, as well as significant opportunities for archeological and paleontological discoveries.

The Artist must agree to present a minimum of one public program and must be willing to informally discuss their work with visitors at their work site. Opportunities for presentations and the type of presentations vary. Interpretive staff will work with artists to provide presentation opportunities that fit with the artists’ interests.

After they complete their residency, artists may donate one piece of original work to Bighorn Canyon. Artwork that can be displayed should be provided in display-ready format.

Artists will not be allowed to sell their artwork to the public during or after public presentations, but may be able to sell at the visitors centers through consignment. Sales for the consigned work will be split in the following ways: 60% to the artist, 20% to Bighorn Canyon AIR program, and 20% to Western National Park Association. Artists are encouraged to share their website and contact information during or after public presentations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187270

Estimated Size of Grant:

No living stipend is given for this position.

Term of Contract:

Residencies last for two weeks. The exact dates for the residency are flexible and could occur during any time of the year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Writers, sculptors, musicians, composers, photographers, painters, culinary and performing artists are all welcome to apply for this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open: November 15, 2019
Application deadline: January 31, 2020.
Park staff will review the applications in February.
Selections are made and announced in March.

-Available housing dates on the South District are: April 1 to May 9, and September 14 to October 31.
-Available housing dates on the North District are: May 9 to September 14 depending on seasonal staffing.

During the summer months, artists may bring their own RV and a camping site will be provided.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online, submit a LOI and Resume to: https://www.nps.gov/common/utilities/sendmail/sendemail.cfm?o=488DC9B28EC7B68392B716A2F019AC8D488D55C15BB99A&r=/bica/getinvolved/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence.htm

For more information, call Christy Fleming at (307) 548-5406 or email at Christy_Fleming@nps.gov.

Mailing Address:
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area South District Visitor Center
20 US Hwy 14A
Lovell, WY 82435

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