Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Artist in Residence FAQs

How competitive is the application process? Generally, the seeming popularity of a location is not indicative of the number of applicants. But this is a popular residency destination because of its unique location. But we are absolutely open to ANY Artists so don't hesitate to apply. The work & proposal is what counts.

When will applicants be notified of their acceptance to be the HAVO Resident Artist? Usually, two months prior to the commencement of the AiR term for which they applied, but in the case of this one the response and decision will be faster. You will know if you have been selected before the end of 2019.

What are the housing arrangements? Artists will be staying in a large spacious house within 5 minutes of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit and about 28 miles to the National Park Kilauea Auditorium and Visitor Center, and close to nearby beaches. Occupants are responsible for daily cleaning and final cleaning. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas.

What are the studio arrangements? There is a dedicated workspace for Artists, and there is a sound booth for demoing for Songwriters and Musicians.


Can I bring my family? Yes, this AiR at HAVO has a spacious three bedroom house, so families are welcome.


Are pets allowed? Yes. BUT be aware that Hawaii has strict quarantine regulations for pets visiting the island. It would be unfortunate if the family pet were not allowed to enter the state and thus jeopardize all the arrangements for the residency. In addition, any pets in the park must follow NPS rules and regulations regarding animals in the park. Visit https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/ to learn about how to bring your pet or companion animal to Hawaii. Any pets must be included somewhere in the application (under special needs or requirements)

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. They more we "see" you, the more we become familiar with you for other opportunities.

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? There will be FIVE opportunities in 2019 and 2020. This AiR is unusual in that we've opened it to single artists, artist couples and duos, and ARTS COLLECTIVES.

Do I need to have a car? Yes. The Park is quite isolated and is located around two live volcanoes. In addition, the park itself is quite large. In addition, artists are responsible for their own travel and travel expenses. 

How do I apply? Scroll to your select residency here:

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 volcanoes. 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 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 are not 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 traveling fund for the artists? YES ! $2000.

$2000 USD. This is the TOP TIER of stipend in the country at NPS sites. NPAF is doing the best it can at this time of U.S. economic crisis, in fact, all of the top tier at NPAF board have donated and/or loaned 100% of their salary to make sure artists and the National Parks have this opportunity. We have many donors and grant possibilities, and all funding opportunities are pursued to the best of our ability. So, an all expenses covered AiR is certainly one of our goals because NPAF is committed to artist advocacy. All stipends and reimbursements are subject to fedral laws and the laws of your country of origin.

Do you accept international artists? Yes, but they must have all of the proper paperwork for the program of their own accord. We are able to put you in touch with the NPS International Office to complete required permits and documents. Special regulations apply to international artists so please read all the information of the Terms and Conditions page closely.


(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.)

Is there more funding for my project?   YES !


We have pursued many grants, sponsors and the like. However, it is the artist's responsibility to pursue all opportunities, not the responsibility of NPAF. NPAF will help as much as possible. NPAF artists have been granted everything from tens of thousands of dollars to art materials to scuba equipment to high dollar cameras to assistants to huge commissions and exhibitions in museums to painting supplies to fellowships to international travel. The list is endless.


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 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 art.

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 agreement. In that case, you are classified and registered as a volunteer.

What if I am accepted to the program but my availability changes? Because of this AiR funding and Federal commitments to your program, the NPS and NPAF, we can not change the dates or any part of the AiR program. Having said that, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

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

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

There was a problem with the upload of the application or my payment. What do I do? Contact the application portal website.

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? Yes. However, the NPS guidelines state: “Any medium that involves the 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 the 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. All approval of Artworks placement is subject to NPS approval.

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 may be automatically included in that park museum collections and archived. This AiR may present many opportunities.

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