NPAF Aztec Ruins
National Monument (New Mexico)

In-Park Artist in Residence

Conditions and Requirements


September Term Applications Due: January 20th, 2017

September Finalist & Alternates Selection(s) Announcement Date: February 13th, 2017

September Artist in Residence Term: September 1st - September 29th, 2017
Public Programming: (Lecture/workshop/presentation),TBD

Please Read Carefully these TERMS and CONDITIONS below, before applying...

Once a year, an artist (or artist couple) are selected as a Aztec Ruins National Monument Artist in Residence at the park for a one month term. This application is ONLY for 2017 residencies. The residency runs for the Month of September, 2016.

The Aztec Ruins National Monument AiR is a residency at a fairly remote New Mexico location. A reliable vehicle is needed for this residency. The park is located in northeastern New Mexico, a half hour from Farmington, NM, and 3 hours from Albuquerque, and consists of smaller set of Chacoan Era Ruins that is part of the larger Chacoan Civilization found at nearby Chaco Culture National Park.

There will be mobile housing provided for a single artist. No one but the Artist in resident(s) will be allowed to share the residence/RV.

The artist in residence will be provided mobile housing at the Monument's RV area, and a venue for at least one Public Presentation of a workshop, lecture or concert.   THERE IS NO STUDIO AT THIS LOCATION. The Artist’s public presentation will take place at the Monument's Visitor’s Center. Please indicate in your application if you would like to give more public presentation(s), while resident at the monument. The artist must commit to the entire month term that they will be applying for and must let us know of any special needs.

All insurance including automobile, health, accidental and insurance to cover all art, supplies, personal items is the sole responsibility of the artist as any and all insurance will not be provided by NPAF or the NPS or concessionaires. Proof of insurances must be provided to NPAF. Any terms herein may change and are subject to the approval of the NPS and NPAF. Any Visas required by the US or any other government will be the responsibility of the participant.

If the program is cancelled by any of the programs major parties (NPS and/or NPAF) before are during commencement, no refunds of any fees, including application fees, stipends or reimbursements will be issued.

It is National Parks Arts Foundation’s hope that works produced during this time will characterize Aztec Ruins National Monument for present and future generations and offer Monument visitors and the general public the opportunity to see the Monument's heritage through the creative vision of artists.

Public Interaction:
Artists must address, in their proposal, how they envision their arts engagement, in plein air and/or during studio time (if applicable), exhibitions, concerts, workshops etc.. Any further ideas for public interaction, exhibitions, concerts readings may be considered, but these must be authorized and approved explicitly by NPAF & NPS. Artists must finalize the details to all of these aspects of their program and their press release details no more than 7 days after their acceptance to the Artist in Residence program. (NPAF funds many programs within the AiR program including AiR projects; encompassing, advertising, invitations, museum partnerships, exhibitions and social media, so we need these details in your initial proposal as detailed as possible with the written descriptions, dates, times and materials.)

Artists will abide by all Monument rules, NPS rules and regulations concerning all aspects of the Monument and its environment. In addition, the Artist is expected to be courteous to all public, visitors and NPS staff during their stay. For further Monument information please visit: or the National Park Service site at:

In addition, any Artwork that the artist intends to display in public spaces needs to be approved by the NPS and NPAF and “museum ready” in other words, displayed with museum and/or archival quality. Consideration will be taken for site specific artwork.

Special Requirements: 

The Artist acknowledges that if their work includes a scientific or cultural component that involves advice or information from Monument Staff or any of the archeological or anthropological research programs around the Aztec Ruins National Monument resources, it is the responsibility of the Artist in Residence to contract separately for such. There are many people that work around the Monument in many capacities and they may be willing to talk informally as an advisor. However, Monument staff are not always available to the resident, and should be treated courteously and with consideration to their time and expertise.

Artists may present, at minimum one, one-hour public program, workshop, concert or lecture during their residency at Aztec Ruins National Monument, which can be presented either at the Monument or another venue as deemed by NPAF and NPS staff. This presentation (above) may be the same program repeated and will reflect artist’s medium, interest, and Monument experience. If Artists wish to do more participatory engagement with the public, that is encouraged. Put forth specific ideas for public interaction in the application. Workshops are open to the both visitors and the public at large.

Artists must provide their own car and liability and all other insurance, supplies and equipment for these presentations. We also encourage artists to give public presentations in their own community about their residency experience in Aztec Ruins National Monument to further broaden the reach of the program’s purpose.

As an introduction and fuller appreciation of Monument resources, each AIR participant may be able to take advantage of the Aztec Ruins National Monument Library, archives, and the natural and cultural collections as part of the Monument’s Museum Program (if applicable). Further, each participant may be able to discuss with Monument staff the diversity of Monument resources, themes and historic culture of the Monument. This process may be inclusive of advice and recommendations of cultural advisors and interpretation rangers. This process is necessary in order to educate and maintain the integrity of the Monument and to honor the cultural riches of New Mexico’s ancient Puebloan heritage.

Artists should be self-sufficient, independent and enjoy working in an isolated environment and able to commit to the full AIR term. The artist is expected to comply with all Monument regulations and policies governing Monument employees, volunteers and visitors. Aztec Ruins National Monument is subject to fire danger and or closure dues to fire or smoke. Artists must comply with Monument directives and be prepared for such an event.

All insurance including automobile, health, accidental and insurance to cover all art, supplies, personal items 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 to NPAF or waiver of liability and responsibility of NPAF or NPS. NPAF is not responsible for any outcome resulting from U.S Govt. (National Park Service) actions, non-acceptance, cancelation or change of any part of the program.Any terms herein may change and are subject on the approval of the United States Government, Federal or Tribal Law, NPS and NPAF.


All AiR participants may be required to accept further conditions and contracts including but not limited to; Gift and/or donation agreements, images releases for their person and/or art work, 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.

For more information on open applications and specific Monument AiRs, please visit our website at:

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