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Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residence Program

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National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF)

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Residencies of $1,000 to USA, Canada, and International artists to reside and create work in a remote location in New Mexico. The program is intended for artists of all genres and media. Artists will be provided with a presentation venue in nearby Las Vegas, NM. when public events resume.

There is no studio available. Artists will work plein air. Artists are housed at the monument in employee housing. For ease of coordination and communication with the Park Service, Artists or Artist couples must schedule their arrival between 10-3 on federal workdays and must have their own transportation for the month of the residency.

The Foundation is interested in artists being inspired by the Monument. A performance artist with good artwork has just as much a chance at being selected as does someone who has been plein-air painting in the park for fifty years. This is not about taste or any agenda, it is about great artwork and giving an artist a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create fine art in a National Park.

Artists may present, at minimum, one 1-hour public program, workshop, concert, or lecture (in person or Virtually depending on COVID-19 practices) during their residency at Fort Union National Monument. This can be presented either the monument or another venue as deemed by NPAF and NPS. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. Artists are encouraged to give more public presentations at the monument and in their own community about their residency experience in Fort Union National Monument, to further broaden the reach of the program’s purpose and the goals of the NPS and NPS Centennial Objectives. The participating artists may donate an original piece of work inspired by their residency in Fort Union National Monument to the NPS at the monument, through the NPAF. 

Old work, new work, experimental work, even previously submitted applications to other NPAF residencies are accepted, as the selection panel changes with every opportunity. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 192551

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The artist(s) in residence will be granted lodging, and a venue for at least one workshop, lecture, or concert, and the possibility of an arts donation.

Term of Contract:

Residency is a one-month term in April and October.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists or Artist couples may apply.

All candidates must have merit and/or experience in at least one of the following areas: two-dimensional artwork, sculpture, music, linguistics, writing, performance art, film, and/or ethnographic fine art, or any other appropriate artist medium.

Admission to the residency program is open to people from all countries. All prospective candidates from outside of the United States must ensure their own proper documentation as it pertains to travel within and to the United States.

Any site-specific work involving reversible changes to the landscape is usually not permitted.

Pre-Application Information:

2 residences a year (April and October). April AiR for US Veterans Only. October AiR open to all.

Application deadline: October 29, 2021
Notification: December 15, 2021
Next Residency Date (s): April 2022, October 2022

If you have specific questions about this residency please submit them to the Foundation by ten days before the deadline.

Applicants will be notified at least, two months prior to the commencement of the AIR term for which they applied.

Only selected artists will be contacted.

The stipend may be used in any way the artist chooses but is paid after the residency. Reimbursement will require an official NPAF reimbursement form and receipts from the artist(s). The chosen resident must be able to cover travel, equipment, and food costs during the period of residency.

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