Haleakalā National Park

2019-2020 Winter Holidays

Artist in Residence FAQs

How competitive is the application process? Competitive. Haleakalā National Park, because of its unique location on the Island of Maui is one of the more highly sought AiR’s that NPAF offers. 
What are the housing arrangements? Artists are housed outside the park in a good sized 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. There is no official studio but plenty of room to make a decent workspace for most projects.

Can Couples/Partners Apply? Yes. And Families and Small Groups. All people staying at the residency MUST BE LISTED on the original application.

Is there a stipend available for this residency? Yes. There is a $2000 stipend/reimbursement available for the selected artists. This is payable, in all likelihood, after the residency.


What are the "outback cabin" arrangements? There are wilderness cabins available in the crater at Haleakalā. There is an amazing opportunity to stay up to HALF of your AiR term in the beautiful crater landscape of these volcanoes in the "out back" accommodations. Once there, artists will have to work in their living space or plein-air. Once you are accepted, we will let you know the further details of this opportunity. This is a once in a lifetime chance!


Can an applicant apply for other NPAF Artist-in-Residence programs and workshops simultaneously? Yes. You can even apply with the exact same proposal but fitted for a different opportunity or park. Who knows, it may work better in other parks.


May an applicant apply just with their Nom-de-Plume, pseudonym, faux-nom or exhibit name? No. The name on the application must be the individual’s legal name. However, please include above on your application if you prefer to be addressed and credited by them/it.


Do I need to have a car? Yes. The Park is quite isolated and is located around a dormant volcano. There are limited roads on the island of Maui and everything takes a while to get to. In addition, the park itself is quite large. In addition, artists are responsible for their own travel and travel expenses.... except for the $2000.


Where do I apply?



What are the guidelines for submitting my digital images? We basically accept most file types and are looking for files no more than a resolution of 72 PPI, no more than 3mb, and no less than 1920 pixels. We basically need to see them clearly on a full screen.


Do we select artists whose work is specifically about the Park and its environs? We are interested in artists being inspired by the Park, its science, history, heritage..... and like our past artists, it is impossible not to be inspired in some way by the majestic beauty of these sacred volcanic areas. 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 or someone who does Augmented reality Art as does a cultural practitioner. We have a full panel of judges, who are at the top of the arts professions looking at the portfolios. 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 and visitors and future generations to experience the artist interpretation of park resources.


Are the artists selected judged strictly on a scoring scale? Our curators, judges and panelists are top of their profession in the arts and their names may be posted on the website eventually but it has been prudent to keep them anonymous. We may also consider input from cultural experts and the NPS. So, the answer is, no, because knowing and judging what art is and choosing appropriate candidates, goes far beyond just knowing a numbers scoring system.


Do you accept international artists? Yes, but they must have all of the proper paperwork for the program of their own accord. They may have to obtain a visa, and likely a J-1 visa.

(All terms herein may change and are subject on the approval of the NPS, NPAF and other governing entities. All AiR participants may be required to accept further conditions contracts and agreements including but not limited to; codes of conduct, special use permits, rules and regulations, housing agreements, volunteer in the parks contract and any other apparent and unforeseen agreements required of any governing entity, namely the NPS, NPAF and/or NPS concessionaires.)

I want to include more pieces of art because I feel like only a few works won't adequately represent my body of work. Can I do this? If you were to submit only one fabulous piece of work, its greatness would be recognized and not overlooked. You are not judged on volume. On the other hand, you may consider presenting a professionally made video or audio clip (3 minutes or less only) if you so choose. Whatever you do, please present a cohesive body of work that represents your excellence in style.

Why can’t the Judges just go to my website, pinterest, instagram or facebook page, instead of my having to do all of this? Good point, but we don’t like to be influenced by anti-aesthetic platforms or how the framing of social media presents artwork. Sure, they can be viewed there but placement in social media or obscure curation is an influential factor, and we would like to see your work stand on its own. Also, we must present a full "package" to interested parties.

Will I be considered an employee of the National Park service while I am there? The NPAF works on a Partnership Model for its AiR programs and the park may ask you to sign a “VIP” or Volunteer in the Park paperwork. In that case, you are classified and registered as a volunteer.

What if I am accepted to the program but my availability changes? We will do our best to accommodate your schedule but, unfortunately, because the NPS and NPAF have scheduled other dependent things around an artist committing to the AiR, we may not be able to and will have to ask one of the alternate selected artists to be the NPAF Haleakala Artist in Residence.

Can I reapply even if I have been accepted previous years? Yes..... we are happy to report that we continue to work with 95% of the artists we have as park AiRs.

Can I apply to other NPAF programs and will participating in them put me “ahead” for the AiR program? Yes, you can apply and though it doesn’t guarantee you will be accepted into our other NPAF programs such as AiRs, workshops or museum exhibitions, our teachers are top of their field in showing you how to present your most cohesive body of work and be successful at it.

What is the application fee and what form of payment do you accept? Unless you have a special promotion.... The application fee is $55 for single $110 for double, and $150 for collectives or groups. Our application portal accepts major credit cards and paypal. If you have extenuating circumstances and can only pay by check or another payment form, please email us and we will try to make sure you are not excluded because of this.​

Is the application fee non-refundable? No. Not at all, even if the NPS decides not to accept the program at all from the onset or continue the program. Also, the $2000 will NOT be given until your term is complete, and then some. Contact us if this is a problem for you. We will work with you as much as possible.

Where do our application fees go? They go to support AiR programs and fulfill the NPAF mission to promote arts in our National Parks and Monuments and our other programs. NPAF is a non-profit 501(c)3. 

Are earthworks, installation or site specific artwork appropriate to the Artist-in-Residence Program? In this case, because of the culturally sensitive and sacred nature of the area, as well as the large number of protected flora and fauna, IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY.

Will there be chances to display my artwork outside of the Artist-in-Residence time period? Yes, we are planning exhibits at many parks through the NPS and NPS concessionaires. This AiR may present many opportunities for your future career.

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