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Residencies to USA Artists to Create Original Artistic Work on a Nature Reserve in Wyoming

Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program

GrantWatch ID# 187270
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
National Park Service - Bighorn Canyon
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/23 Save

Grant Description
Residencies to USA artists to create original artistic work on a nature reserve in Wyoming. The goal of the program is to increase the public's appreciation for and understanding of national parks. Applicants are welcome from a variety of creative individuals, including writers, sculptors, musicians, composers, photographers, culinary and performing artists, and painters. This residency will take place at Bighorn Canyon National Park in Lovell, Wyoming.

The creation of this program is a directive of the National Park Service’s Call to Action, Bighorn Canyon’s Long Range Interpretive Plan, and a way to creatively increase public awareness and to inspire the continued preservation of Bighorn Canyon’s resources. But more importantly, it is a time for artists to slow down, experience the canyon and make a lasting connection with the place. Artists in this program will be able to discover and interpret Bighorn Canyon through their own creative projects.

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.

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

Pre-Application Information
Submit applications by January 31, 2023.

Park staff will review the applications in February. Selections are made and announced in March. Specific dates for residences are dependent on housing availability and will be discussed with the artists once they are selected.

No living stipend is given for this position.

Number of Grants
The park is looking for four artists to participate in 2023.

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. However, extreme weather in the winter months could prohibit artists from being in the field.

Available housing dates are: March 27 to May 13, and September 18 to November 4. During the summer months, artists may bring their own RV and a camping site will be provided.

Contact Information
To apply, artists must submit a resume and a letter of intent via email to Christy Fleming, Interpretation and Education Division Lead (

For more information, call Christy Fleming at (307) 548-5406 or at the email address above.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area South District Visitor Center
20 US Hwy 14A
Lovell , WY 82431

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