N a t i o n a l   P a r k s   A r t s   F o u n d a t i o n

Fort Union

National Monument

Artist in Residence

Terms and Conditions

Applications, Art, & Proposals Due: October 11th, 2019
Winner Notification: November 27th, 2019
Artist in Residence Term: October 1st - October 30th, 2020 Public Programming (Lecture/workshop/presentation): TBA

All artists and artist couples are encouraged to apply, as the Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residence program is designed for all artists to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape and history of Fort Union National Monument. The prospective candidate(s) must present a cohesive body of work, a complete application including their resume, biography and proposal of their residency project and how it reflects and may be inspired park resources. 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.

We will notify the winners and alternates ONLY on November 27th, 2019.

Once a year, an artist or artists will be selected to work in Fort Union National Monument for a one month term in October. 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.

This is a no studio residency, so artists will have to work in their lodging or plein air. A vehicle is required to get around and explore beautiful northern New Mexico. PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO WIFI AT THIS LOCATION.


Artists may present, at minimum, one 1-hour public program, workshop, concert or lecture 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. We also encourage artists 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.


Artists need to provide all of their own insurance for liability, health, covering, but not limited to art supplies, equipment, personal items, reliable transportation and any insurances governing commercial permiting for required park permits. NPAF nor NPS will provide any insurance for any part of the artist in residence program. Artists should be self-sufficient, independent and enjoy working in an isolated environment and able to commit to the full Artist in Residence (AIR) term. The AIR artist must remain accommodating to inquiring park visitors because of the thoroughfare of their location and/or workspace. The artist is expected to comply with all park regulations and policies governing park employees, volunteers and visitors.


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. Donated work must be received no later than a year after the artist’s residency. Artists are required to provide copyright of donated artwork to NPAF and Fort Union National Monument, NPS.

If you have specific questions about this residency please submit them to info@nationalparksartsfoundation.org by TEN DAYS before the deadline of October 11th, 2019.

For ease of coordination and communication with the Park Service, Artists or Artist couples must schedule their arrival between 10-3 on federal work days, and must have their own transportation for the month of the residency.


We have hosted a number of international artists successfully in the past. We encourage you to apply. However, depending on the visa that is required of you for your stay by the relevant federal agency, NPAF may not be allowed under U.S. law to convey donated, travel, or other funds to you before the residency. We may be able to reimburse you up to the total amount (if any) stated in the park application. NOT ALL residencies have funds for residents. So if this is crucial, please check with us and with the U.S. embassy/consulate in your country.

Admission to the residency program will take place once yearly, and 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.


Only selected artists will be contacted. It is the artists' own initiative to check the status of their proposal submission through accessing their proposal submission through the URL for which they applied. At request, through the URL, we will allow edits and additions up to ten days before deadline.


The artist(s)-in-residence program may be canceled or interrupted due to a government shutdown, artist non participation, or during any hazardous weather conditions, including, but not limited to, fire danger, environmental concerns, or any unforeseen circumstances, natural or otherwise, to which NPAF and any affiliates will NOT be held accountable or responsible, no refunds will be issued.


NPAF is NOT responsible for and will not return any application donation fees, contributions, monies spent, monies owed or any funding if there is a natural occurrence, or any thing that interrupts, changes, delays or cancels the program in any way. NPAF cannot guarantee or be held responsible for AIR interruptions, non acceptance of AIR program, artists, artwork or cancelations or delays because of Government decisions or natural causes. The accepted artist will owe any funds spent or owed by/to NPS or NPAF as it pertains to the program if they (the artist(s)) cancels, delays or changes any part of the program. If the AiR program is terminated or interrupted, the artist(s) in residence may be directed to relocate from the park or hazardous area. The remainder residency term may be made up at a later date at the discretion of the NPS and NPAF.


All insurance is required of the selected artist(s) including automobile, health, accidental and insurance to cover all art, supplies, personal items and is the sole responsibility of the artist as any and all insurance will not be provided by NPAF or the NPS or NPS concessionaires or park Friends groups. Proof of insurances must be provided. Artist(s) will be responsible for all costs affiliated with the program if they are the selected artists(s) to the program, and then cancel, change or delay the program in any way, prior, during or post the residency term. Fees are donations/contributions and on par with NPS comparable fees, to contribute a higher or unpublished amount, contact NPAF. Applicants grant use of any and all pieces of their submitted application proposal materials to further the purpose of the program (and/or promoting the selected artist(s)) through television, radio, interviews, magazines, books, internet, newspapers, grants or endowment applications, presentations and any and all media.


Any terms herein may change without notice and are subject to the approval of the NPS and/or NPAF, or any governing entity. All AiR participants may be required to accept further conditions and contracts including but not limited to; Back-ground checks, codes of conduct, Gift and/or donation agreements, images releases for their person and/or artwork, codes of conduct, special use permits, rules and regulations, housing agreements, volunteer in the parks contracts, J-1 visa application and acceptance (for international artists) and any other apparent and unforeseen agreements required of any governing entity, namely the NPS, NPAF and/or NPS concessionaires, and all pertaining laws. All funding and acceptance to programs are subject to U.S and international laws. Any terms herein may change without notice and are subject to the approval of the NPS and/or NPAF or any lawful governing entity.





N a t i o n a l   P a r k S   A r t s   F o u n d a t i o n

" A Non-Profit Foundation offering Artist in Residence Programs, Museum In-Loan Programs, and Workshops

inspired by our National Parks, National Monuments, World Heritage Sites and other parks "

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