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 would be 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 99% of the artists we have as park AiRs.......Yes, out of 100 + artists there was one bad apple, empathy for that fellow.

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 or $110 for a couple/collaborator. 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.


There was a problem with the upload of the application or my payment. What do I do? Just email us at info@nationalparksartsfoundation.org

Is the application fee 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 (or other funding... yes, we have procured a lot of artists funding) 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? Yes. However, the NPS guidelines state: “Any medium that involves collection or permanent altering of park resources would be in conflict with NPS preservation goals and would be deemed inappropriate." So, you may install something at a location that does not effect above, off-site, or does not have a disturbing or permanent impact on park resources. In your project proposal please be specific about your earthwork, site specific or installation concept and that you intend to work in conceptual development of said project while you are the artist in residence. Likely, the impact of your work outside of its region of impetus will have a profound impact on the audience. We have accepted these works in the past.

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.

Don’t hesitate to email questions to :


Haleakalā National Park

Artist in Residence FAQs


August 2019 Residency

How competitive is the application process? Haleakala is one of our most popular programs. We really encourage you to apply -- this could be a great chance to expand your artwork and your profile.

What are the housing arrangements? Artists are housed at the Park in living quarters provided through the Park Service. These may be shared with  Park Personnel, but the living quarters will be separate and private. Occupants are responsible for daily cleaning and final cleaning. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas. There is a full kitchen.


Can Couples/Partners Apply ? Yes but there will be additional artist expenses.

Is there a stipend available for this reisdency? Yes. There is a $2000 stipend available for the selected artist(s). This is payable after the residency.

What are the "outback cabin" arrangements? 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, FOR A MAXIMUM OF 7 DAYS. Once there, artists will have to work in their living space or plein-air. Once you are accepted, you must reserve these ASAP. This is a once in a lifetime chance and can be booked years in advance and are not necessarily public !

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.

How many artists are selected each year? So far 0 because this is the FIRST HALEAKALA ARTIST(s) IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM ! However, it looks like though we put the call out for 1 .... an entire music ensemble may come !

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.

How 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. (We have helped artists with this).

Can I bring my family or pets? No, except as they fall into normal daily visitor guidelines.

(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.)

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