Artist Residencies in America's Parks



Resource Library Magazine is pleased to present this September, 1997 review of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's Artist-in-Residence programs. The programs not only allow artists the opportunity to work closely with nature, but also generates interest and appreciation in America's National Park's through the work they produce.


Sleeping Bear Dunes is located in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula and stretches 57 kilometers along Lake Michigan's east coast.

Conrad Bakker, Platte Bay Area, 1993, oil.


The Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional American visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A campsite or park house is provided for the artist rent-free for three weeks. In return the artists is asked to danate to the park a piece of artwork produced during the residency, and to contribute to the advancement of the park's mission.

Some of the artists which have participated in the Artist-in-Residence program at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are Patricia Canelake (1993 resident), Phil Krzeminski (1996 resident), and Barbara Yoshida (1996 resident).


Phil Krzeminski 1996 resident at Sleeping Bear Dunes


There are 17 residency opportunities in America's National Park's, with more being added every year. Melanie Parke has helped start many of these programs, including the one at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Images and text courtesy of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Patricia Canelake, Phil Krzeminski, Barbara Yoshida, and Melanie Parke.


Barbara Yoshida, 1996 Sleeping Bear Dunes resident.


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For further information about the sculptor-in-residence position artists may contact Gregory C. Schwarz, Chief of lnterpretation: at (603) 675-2175. Interested artists should also contact the SCA at (603) 543-1700, to obtain an application form. Information on the site and its programs is also available through the Internet at http://www.valley. net/-stgaud/saga.htmI

Originally published 9/3/97

rev. 11/22/10

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