Haleakalā National Park

2021 Summer

Artist in Residence FAQs

What are the housing arrangements? Artists are housed outside the park in a good sized 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. There is no official studio but plenty of room to make a decent workspace for most projects.

Can Couples/Partners Apply? Yes. And Families and Small Groups. All people staying at the residency MUST BE LISTED on the original application.

Is there a stipend available for this residency? Yes. There is a $2000 stipend/reimbursement available for the selected artists. This is payable, in all likelihood, after the residency.

When will I receive the $2000 stipend? Upon completion of your residency. Contact us if this is a problem for you. We will work with you as much as possible.

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.


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.


Where 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 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.

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.

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 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.


Will the NPS require a donated piece of artwork inspired by my residency? No. This residency is supported by the non-profit so will not be working with the staff at this NPS location and definitely not requiring a gifted piece of artwork.

Can I reapply even if I have been accepted previous years? Yes..... we are happy to report that we continue to work with 95% of the artists we have as park AiRs.

Can I apply to other NPAF programs and will participating in them put me “ahead” for the AiR program? Yes, you can apply as often as you like but it doesn’t guarantee you will be accepted into our other NPAF programs such as AiRs, workshops or museum exhibitions.


Are contributions, costs and any monies refundable? No. You will not receive a refund.

Where does NPAF spend its contributions? They go towards supporting AiR programs, partially furnish stipends, 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.

Will there be chances to display my artwork outside of the Artist-in-Residence time period? NPAF has helped support artists at many venues. We will do our best to support these endeavors.

Don’t hesitate to email questions to :


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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