Dry Tortugas National Park

Artist in Residence

at Loggerhead Key FAQs


Can couples apply? Yes. That is the only way to get this residency. We insist that only a pair of artists (either a couple and/or artist duo) apply at this location. This is for reasons of caution and safety.  Even if you were the strongest and most capable person alive, we would still insist on at least two people. Because of the isolated location, in case of an accident, a single person could lie there for an unacceptable amount of time before rescue.

How competitive is the application process? It varies from year to year and depends on the residency. This is one of the most popular of NPAF's residencies. Dry Tortugas, because of its unique nature, draws a larger number of applicants internationally each year.

When will applicants be notified of their acceptance to be the Dry Tortugas national Park Artist in Residence? In this case, March 28th, 2021. Because of the high volume of applications, if you have not received a notice of acceptance or alternate status, then unfortunately you have not been selected this year. On the occasion that the decision has been delayed, we will email our applicants to give notice of this.
What are the housing arrangements?
Artists housing is in Loggerhead Key and is shared housing, as follows: there is a good sized house with a master bedroom and shared large living room which past artists have used as a studio. You may on  rare occasion share the house with a visiting NPS employee, scientist or anyone the park approves. However, the last artists have not had to share the house except when the NPAF Founder and film crew for a documentary on the artists came to visit for a few nights. There are no housekeeping services, obviously.  Occupants are responsible for daily cleaning and final cleaning. This house is OFF THE GRID. However, there is solar power and you will have most modern amenities including washer and dryer, hot water and power.


Is there a preferred time to arrive at the AiR? Yes. 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.


Question: Is a vehicle required for this residency? No. This is a tiny key and there are no drivable roads, and the frigate birds would laugh at you. However,  Artists must have their own transportation to Fort Jefferson, and be responsible for any stay on Key West in the days prior or after the residency. You will, however, have to make arrangements to get to-from the residency and this includes scheduling with the NPS and/or concessioner when to transfer you from the islands. We will notify you if the concessioner(s) can participate in transportation.

 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 adapted for a different park or monument- who knows it may work better in other parks.


May an applicant apply 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 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.


Does NPAF only select artists whose work is specifically about the park? No. We are interested in artists being inspired by the park and, like our past artists, it is impossible not to be inspired in some way by the majestic beauty of the park. 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. 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.


Are the artists selected judged strictly on a scoring scale ? Our curators, judges and panelists are at the top of their profession in the arts and their names may be posted on the website. 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.

Is there a stipend or other incentive for this AiR? Yes we're able to give a $2000 stipend to cover costs associated with the residence. This will occur AFTER the residency.


Do you accept international artists? Yes, but they must have all of the proper paperwork for the program of their own accord, though we will help them as much as possible.



Can I bring my pet or my family? No, on Loggerhead Key they would not be able to be accommodated or even visit.



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.

Dry Tortugas Light on Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA. Photo Courtesy Anna Glynn, NPAF Artist in Residence

I want to include more pieces of art because I feel like only a few works doesn’t represent my body of work. 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 can consider presenting an under three minute video if you so choose. Whatever you do, please present a cohesive body of work that represents your excellence in style.


Why can’t you 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 negatively by the anti-aesthetic platforms and social media contextualized artwork. Certainly, they can be viewed there but placement in social media or obscure curation is an influential factor, and we would like to see it standing on its own.


Will I be considered an employee of the National Park service while I am there? The NPAF works on a Partnership Model for it’s 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? Unfortunately, because the NPS and NPAF have scheduled other dependent things around an artist committing to the AiR,(including funding and news/media) we will not be able to change our schedule and will have to ask one of the alternate selected artists to be the Dry Tortugas Artist in Residence.


Can I reapply even if I have been accepted previous years? Yes.


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? The application fee is for artist couples or for two artists who can live in close quarters, and is $110. 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? Yes.


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? No. This residency has too many ecologically sensitive areas to chance it.


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. The work you donate to the park will be automatically included in that park museum collections and archived. This AiR may present many opportunities.


Don’t hesitate to email questions to : info@nationalparksartsfoundation.org



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