National Parks Arts Foundation
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Artist-in Residence Program (New Mexico)
October Artist in Residence Term: October 1st - October 30th, 2018
Notification: July 30th, 2018
Application Deadline July 10th, 2018
ARTS RESIDENCY IN THE LEGENDARY CHACO COMPLEX
This residence is open to artists of all types and media, but is particularly well suited to Astrophotography and Low Light Cinematography.
IMPORTANT 2018 DATES:
October 2018 AiR Applications Due: July 10th, 2018
October 2018 AiR Selection Announcement Date: July 30th, 2018
October 2018 AiR Artist in Residence Term: October 1st - October 30th, 2018
Public Programming: (Lecture/workshop/presentation) TBD
Artwork Donation Due : May 1st, 2019
The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) in association with Chaco Culture National Historical Park of the National Park Service now offers RESIDENCIES in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Open to all Classic & New Media Artists. So, Video Art, Installation, Collage, Photo-manipulation, Sound Sculpture, Performance, Dance, Screendance are definitely encouraged, anything that can free the mind, widen experience and still connect people to the Park experience in tangible and intangible ways.Please Read Carefully the TERMS and CONDITIONS below, before applying...
An artist (or artist couple) are
selected as the Chaco Culture National Historic Park Artist in Residence at the
park for a one month term. This application is ONLY for 2017 October Residency.
The Chaco Culture AiR is an
in-park residency at a fairly remote and isolated location. A reliable vehicle
is crucial for this residency. The park is located in northeastern New Mexico,
an hour and a half from Farmington, NM, 3 hours from Santa Fe, and consists of
an extensive complex of pre-columbian pueblos or ceremonial structures (at
least 11) and a number of other sacred and or preserved sites. The Park is also
an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The artist in residence may be
granted a studio (location TBD), and a venue for at least one Public
Presentation of a workshop, lecture or concert. A large Yurt at the park may be
used for presentations or workshops. The Artist may also use this location as a
studio (again, if this does not conflict with other prior scheduled usage.) The
Artist’s public presentation will take place in the Auditorium at the Park’s
Visitor’s Center. Please indicate in your application if you would like to give
more public presentation(s), while resident at the park. The artist must commit
to the entire month term that they will be applying for.
All insurance including
automobile, health, accidental and insurance to cover all art, supplies,
personal items is the sole responsibility of the artist as any and all insurance
will not be provided by NPAF or the NPS or concessionaires. Proof of insurances
must be provided to NPAF. Any terms herein may change and are subject to the
approval of the NPS and NPAF. Any Visas required by the US or any other
government will be the responsibility of the participant.
If the program is cancelled
before commencement, no refunds of any fees, including application fees, will
An ‘Artist Couple’ is defined as
creative partnership -- not necessarily spousal or legal -- between two people
for the purpose of making artwork at the park. Artists may not consider any
additional party a part of the AiR program unless they were included as an
“artist couple” in the artist’s original application and proposal. Residency,
housing and other park amenities are exclusively for the artist use only.
It is National Parks Arts
Foundation’s hope that works produced during this time will characterize
Chaco Culture National Historic Park for present and future generations
and offer park visitors and the general public the opportunity to see the
park's heritage through the creative vision of artists.
Artists must address, in their
proposal, how they plan to engage visitors daily, in plein air and/or during
studio time. Any ideas for public interaction may be considered but these must
be authorized explicitly by NPS.
The Artist should expect and
welcome visitors to the studio and the public inquiring about them during
studio hours or when they are doing art en plein aire.
NPAF must be able to contact the
artist at all times prior to the residency, unless otherwise arranged. If
response is not received from artists within 48 hours, NPAF will assume that
the artist is not obligated to the program and NPAF must make alternate
Artists will abide by all park
rules, NPS rules and regulations concerning all aspects of the park and its
environment. In addition, the Artist is expected to be courteous to all public,
visitors and NPS staff during their stay. For further park information please
visit: http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm or the National Park Service site at: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm
In addition, any Artwork that the
artist intends to display in the studio or other public spaces needs to be
“museum ready” in other words, displayed with museum and/or archival quality.
Special Requirements: The Artist acknowledges that if their work includes a scientific
or cultural component that involves advice or information from Park Staff or
any of the archeological or anthropological research programs around the Chaco
Culture park resources, it is their responsibility to contract separately for
such. There are many people that work around the park in many capacities and
they may be willing to talk informally as an advisor. However, Park staff are
not generally available to the resident, and should be treated courteously and
with consideration to their time and expertise.
Artists may present, at minimum
one, one-hour public program, workshop, concert or lecture during their
residency at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, which can be presented
either at the park or another venue as deemed by NPAF and NPS staff. This presentation
(above) may be the same program repeated and will reflect artist’s medium,
interest, and park experience. If Artists wish to do more participatory
engagement with the public, that is encouraged. Put forth specific ideas for
public interaction in the application. Workshops are open to the both visitors
and the public at large. Artists must provide their own car and liability
insurance, supplies and equipment for these presentations. We also encourage
artists to give public presentations in their own community about their
residency experience in Chaco Culture NHP to further broaden the reach of the
As an introduction and fuller
appreciation of park resources, each AIR participant may be able to take
advantage of the Chaco Culture National Historic Park Library, archives, and
the natural and cultural collections as part of the park’s Museum Program.
Further, each participant may be able to discuss with park staff the diversity
of park resources, themes and historic culture of the park. This process may be
inclusive of advice and recommendations of cultural advisors and interpretation
rangers. This process is necessary in order to educate and maintain the
integrity of the park and to honor the cultural riches of New Mexico’s ancient
Artists need to provide their own
art supplies, equipment, personal items and reliable transportation. Artists
should be self-sufficient, independent and enjoy working in an isolated
environment and able to commit to the full AIR term. The artist is expected to
comply with all park regulations and policies governing park employees,
volunteers and visitors. Chaco Culture National Historic Park is very close to
the Navajo Nation and is subject to fire danger and or closure dues to fire or
smoke. Artists must comply with park directives and be prepared for such an
All AIR participants may be
required to accept further conditions and contracts including but not limited
to; Gift and/or donation agreements, images releases for their person and/or
art work, codes of conduct, special use permits, J-1 visas,rules and
regulations, housing agreements, volunteer in the parks contracts and any other
apparent and unforeseen agreements required of any governing entity, namely the
NPS, NPAF and/or NPS concessionaires.
J-1 visa applications may be
required for participation. NPAF will be able to direct you to the
International office and guide you through this simple process.
For more information on open
applications and specific park AiRs, please visit our website at: