Gettysburg National Military Park

Artist in Residence



All year long in 2020 we will be doing residencies at America's most iconic battlefield memorial park.

When will applicants be notified of their acceptance to be the GNMP Resident Artist? Usually, at least two months prior to the commencement of the AiR term for which they applied. In this case, on September 15th, 2019.

What are the housing arrangements? Artists are housed at the Park in a house with an included studio space, provided by Park Partners. 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, ample air-conditioning and wifi.

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 park or park. 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 many artists are selected each year? 1 artist per term or an established artist couple, plus 3 alternates per term, for each of the three terms, are selected each year.

What is the application fee for U.S. Veterans applying in the U.S. Veteran Artists Category? The fee is waived for these applicants due to sponsorship.

Question: 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.

Question: Is a vehicle required for this residency? Yes. Artists must have their own transportation for the month of the residency. Some of the parks are large in and of themselves, and others quite isolated. Though the town of Gettysburg is just outside the Military Park, you won’t be able to rely on public transit. In addition, the  park itself is quite large. Also, artists are responsible for their own travel and travel expenses. Often times we will have a donation of a vehicle, but will notify the participant if such is the case, and when it becomes available.

How do I apply ?


First read and understand the description

and terms and conditions and then go here :

Of course any "Apply" button will route you there too.

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 and like our past artists, it is impossible not to be inspired in some way by the majestic beauty of our parks. 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 top of their profession in the arts and their names may eventually 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 for this residency? Yes! Thanks to the Gettysburg Foundation, each residency comes with a $1000 stipend.

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? Yes, to families, as the house can accommodate them, but no pets.

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 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 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.

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, we will not be able to accomodate a schedule change and will have to ask one of the alternate selected artists to be the Gettysburg AiR.

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, including applying for NPAF AiR opportunities.


There was a problem with the upload of the application or files. What do I do? Email us at the address below.

Is the application fee non-refundable? Yes.

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

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

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