SNP Seeking Resident Artist

Posted: August 25, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Shenandoah National Park, in an effort to create a link between art, the community and nature, is seeking an artist-in-residence to fulfill a two-week residency at the park in September.

“This is the first time Shenandoah National Park will offer a residency,” said Kathy Cupper, spokeswoman for the National Park Service.

The NPS program seeks applicants from all creative backgrounds to spend residencies in more than 40 national parks across the country.

“Over the last century, artists have had an enduring connection with national parks,” according to a statement from the Shenandoah National Park. “Their paintings and photographic records exposed these natural wonders to a population often unaware of their existence.”

The selected artist will live and work in the park for two weeks. Work created during the residency should “serve to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Shenandoah National Park.”

The winner will be housed at Skyland Resort, located at mile 42.5 on Skyline Drive, about 20 miles north of Luray.

The program requires the artist to donate an original piece of art, representative of his or her style and reflecting the artist’s stay at the park.

Visual artists are encouraged to apply for this year’s program and work submitted is requested to be of professional quality.

Park staff will select the winner based on artistic merit, a statement of purpose submitted by the artist, and relevancy of the artwork and the artist’s project proposal.

Applications are due Friday and winners will be notified no later than Sept. 5. For more information, visit

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