Artist-in-Residence Program

AIR at Acadia National Park

Artist-In-Residence Program at Acadia

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. In the spring and fall, the park provides housing to participants for two-week to four-week periods. No additional stipend is available. Artists are responsible for providing for their own travel and travel expenses.

In return, participating artists are asked to donate to the park collection a piece of work representative of their style and their stay. These creative works will be displayed on a rotating schedule or shared with the public through other appropriate means during the upcoming seasons. Artists are also asked to participate in one public program per week of their residency such as demonstrations, talks, exploratory hikes, or performances. In the fall, artists will be working with fifth and sixth grade students. Programs can be tailored to your medium, interests, and experiences, and only consume a few hours of your stay.

Schoodic Point by Michael Vermette, Artist-in-Residence

2014-2015 Season
Acadia National Park will celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its Artist-in-Residence program this year. The following artists were selected for residencies from July 2014 through June 2015. Artist are listed in order of their residency dates.

Landscape Painter – Robert Dorlac, July 6-19
Painter – Bridget Sullivan, August 3-18
Plein Air Painter – Jason Travers, August 10-23
Calotype Process Photography – Laura Hartford, August 18-30
Night Sky Photography – Jim Nickelson, September 1-19
Artist Converting Sketches into Monotypes -Rachel Burgess, October 1-18
Sculptor – Sally Gierke, October 1-19
Writer – Jen Dempsey, October 17 – November 13
Photographer – Benjamin Schedler, October 22- November 19

Writer – John Bubar, January 18 – February 14
Writer – Laura Madeline Wiseman, February 21 – March 21
Writer – Hannah Rogers, March 12-29
Plein Air Painter & Woodcuts – Nancy Haver, April 13-30
Night Sky Photography – Kit Frost, May 1-30
Writer – James Christianson, May 1-30
Collage Artist – Maria Franti, May 17-31
Children’s Book Authors & Mixed Media – Emily & Monte Yellowbird, May 10 – June 11
Photography – Barbara Southworth, June 1-29

Please note: Any medium that involves collecting or altering park resources would be in conflict with national park preservation goals and would be deemed inappropriate for a residency.

Applications for 2016 will be accepted in mid September.  Application is by electronic application only.  After completing this online application, artists are also asked to send the following:

For visual artists: Send 6 different digital images in jpg or pdf format. File size not to exceed 3MB.  Larger files will not be forwarded to the judges – there will be NO exceptions.

  • For all other mediums: An appropriate sample of your recent work (e.g., a brief manuscript excerpt, short story, article, poetry, etc. – maximum of six pages – from writers and poets; one uploaded video or audio from dancers & other performing artists), plus the following materials as email attachments:
    • 1 – 2 page résumé and summary of creative works.
    • 1 page statement about what you hope to accomplish and achieve during a term as an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park.
    • Description of public /school presentation.
    • Names and contact information of two references who know your work.

Please send info by EMAIL ONLY and all together in 1 email to with the subject line ‘Your name, Artist in Residence Program’ to

        Please do not send to any other email address

  • For additional information or if you have questions about your application, please contact: the Artist-In-Residence Program Coordinator, Kate Petrie at Acadia National Park:   or phone:  207-288-1312

Selection Process
A panel composed of professionals from various related disciplines and a park representative will choose the finalists for the upcoming season. Selections are made solely on the basis of submitted material.

Frequently Asked Questions
How many artists are selected each year? Between 12 – 20 artists, plus 5 alternates, are selected each year.

Do I need to have a car? Yes. There is no public transportation to the park or towns during the residency period. Artists are responsible for their own travel and travel expenses.

What are the housing arrangements? Artists are housed in a fully furnished, one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen outfitted with pots, pans, dishes, and silverware. The park supplies linens and bedding. There is a laundry facility in the apartment complex. Occupants supply personal items such as clocks and audiovisual equipment. Occupants are responsible for cleaning the apartment prior to their departure. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Wheelchair-accessible housing is available.

Can I bring my family or pet? Family members may join the artist for the residency as long as the number of occupants does not exceed the occupancy limits of the apartment. Pets are not permitted.

We look forward to your participation!

Thank you for your interest in the Artist in Residence program at Acadia National Park.