Call for Entry Details• Bar Harbor, Maine
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence Open Call for 2020
The Artist-in-Residence program encourages accomplished, professional artists to create fresh and innovative new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts.
In exchange for 14 nights in park-provided housing over a residency year, participants are asked to host a public outreach activity with park visitors, and to donate within another calendar year one finished work of art that depicts a new perspective of Acadia for visitors that's drawn from their own experience. Pieces donated to the program collection are included in a permanent online catalog on the park website, and displayed seasonally in public spaces within the park, surrounding communities, and beyond.
The number of AiR participants at Acadia tends to be about eight each year. Some residency opportunities may be left unfilled.
- Four for Visual Arts in painting, textiles, sculpture, fine art photography, etc
- Two for Writing in essays, poetry, drama, etc
- Two for "At-Large" categories including music, dance, indigenous arts, emerging techologies, etc.
Program limitations include:
- Selected artists travel to and take part in the program at their own expense at the invitation of the park superintendent.
- There is no stipend or support provided beyond park housing, and the possibility of collaborative opportunities with some park staff. Participants are at liberty to use online fundraising campaigns to help cover travel and other costs associated with their residencies, but they may not brand, promote, or imply endorsement of such activities by the National Park Service, Acadia National Park, or the Artist-in-Residence program.
- Local transportation is not provided. Participants must possess a valid drivers license and personal vehicle. While the total acreage of the park is modest, it spans upwards of 60 miles of Atlantic coastline. From park headquarters on Mount Desert Island, it typically takes at least 75 minutes to drive 45 miles to reach the Schoodic peninsula, and about 90 minutes to drive 56 miles to Stonington to catch the mailboat to Isle au Haut.
Each residency lasts for a total of 14 nights, which participants may choose to break up over multiple visits and seasons. Each may take a turn at a few nights at a time –
- in a rustic and remote ranger cabin on Isle au Haut (typically available from June through September)
- in a room in a historic carriage road gatehouse on Mount Desert Island (typically available from November into March)
- in an apartment on the campus of the Schoodic Institute (available year round).
A studio work space is available at Schoodic in a building with shared uses, including classrooms, and overnight housing for school groups, so hours of access may be limited at certain times of the year. Please consult staff about rules concerning the use and disposal of flammable materials.
In many instances, participants may be accompanied for the duration of their stay by one spouse, adult companion, or one of their own children age 16 or older. These individuals must also complete paperwork to become a formal park volunteer, with a stipulation of contributing 32 hours of work each week to receive free park housing.
- Wheelchair-accessible housing is available.
- Pets and smoking are not allowed in park housing.
If participants happen to have a home or vacation property within commuting distance of the park, they may be eligible for further distinction as a "Resident Artist" with the program. These residencies are not limited to a 14-day period and are intended to be an opportunity for artists who happen to live here to take a longer and deeper dive into their relationship with the park. These participants receive a vehicle sticker to drive and park on the park road system year round. They may also take a turn at staying a few nights at Isle au Haut or in a carriage road gatehouse during available seasons.
Acadia National Park