Landis Artist-In-Residence Program

Landis Artist-In-Residence Program

The Landis Artist in Residence program carries on the long legacy of artistic excellence in the Greater Yellowstone community.

Bob Landis has generously built the residence to honor the legacy of his late wife, artist and educator, Connie Landis.  

The Landis gift to Yellowstone Forever will provide artists and scientists an unparalleled opportunity to live and work in Yellowstone country. The Landis gift will provide quality housing for them as well as an endowed program to take part in. 


When: Year round
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Length: 4-6 weeks per artist
Who can apply: Artists must be 21 with work done in the last two years. Read the full list of requirements below.
Application deadline: Applications are submitted on a bi-annual basis. Applications are due October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020.
Application: Applications will open again on March 1, 2020.

Facility: The Gardiner-based Landis Artist-in-Residence program is located in a duplex home located on a residential street in Gardiner, Montana at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

The residence will house both artists and Landis Scientists-in-Residence simultaneously. The artist will reside on one level of the duplex with shared laundry access and a work space.

The artist’s level has two bedrooms with a queen size bed in one and two twin size beds in the other. The facility can accommodate a limited number of family members. If interested in bringing your family, please indicate this in your application form.

The housing space is fully furnished and includes bedding for the three beds and a kitchen stocked with appliances and utensils.

Collaboration: Collaborative pairs are welcome. Please have one person listed as the main applicant. Each member must supply an individual resume as part of the application.  

Travel: Entry fees into the park will be covered by Yellowstone Forever. Artists are responsible for finding their own transportation to Gardiner, MT. Yellowstone National Park is 2.2 million acres with 466 miles of road and a vehicle is necessary to fully experience all the park has to offer. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

Communication/Internet: Gardiner has cell phone service and wifi is also provided to the artist. Cell service is limited when traveling in the interior of the park.

Food: Artists are required to provide all their own food and meals. The residence has a complete kitchen stocked with cooking essentials. Gardiner has a grocery store and several restaurants.

Materials: Yellowstone Forever provides a studio space in the Landis Residency with basic supplies, hardware, and furniture. The artist must provide all their own materials for their personal projects. A full list of what is supplied can be sent to the artist upon request. All materials required for the residents public programming will be supplied by Yellowstone Forever.

Exhibit and Program Space: Yellowstone Forever’s Gardiner store will be used as a public exhibit space and a space to host art programs.

Art Sales: Artist will have the opportunity to sell their work in the Gardiner Yellowstone Forever Park store and information center.  Yellowstone Forever will retain 40% commission for each work sold; artists will retain 60% for each work sold. 

Weather: Throughout the summer months the weather in Yellowstone can range from 90 degrees during the day to 30 degrees at night. Winters in Yellowstone can be brutal with highs at 32 degrees and dropping below -20 degrees. The resident should be prepared to handle a variety of weather events and should check the forecast before arrival.

Public Programs: We ask Gardiner based artists to develop a plan that will include two direct public engagement programs and can include workshops, open studio sessions, evening programs, and/or lectures. 

Pets: Pets are not allowed in the residence due to allergies and the limited access for pets to be in the park. Service animals are allowed and please disclose this information in your application.

Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the residence or the grounds of the building.

Fees: The application process is free. Residents will be provided with housing in a fully-furnished home overlooking the Yellowstone River for a modest lease rate of $75/week. Those looking for a free residency should apply for the Yellowstone Art and Photography Center Artist in Residence. Residents must submit a $200 cleaning deposit.  

Other: The Heritage and Research Center is also located in Gardiner and houses Yellowstone’s museum collection, archives, herbarium, research library, and archeology lab. The collection is one of the largest in the National Park system with several million items.

The artist will also have access to the Yellowstone Forever Institute’s Library.

Work Sample Requirements: All work submitted should be current work completed within the last 2 years and should relate to the nature of the work the residents plans to produce during their residency.

Visual Art (Mixed Media, Fiber, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Installation, Sculpture, Ceramics, Digital)

  • Submit 10 JPEG images at 1MB and 300dpi.
  • Each image should be labeled using the following convention: LastName_FirstName_Title_Medium_Size_Year.
  • An image list should accompany these images.

Performance (Music, Sound, Film)

  • Submit 3 to 5 separate pieces that total no more than 25 minutes in a video or audio file.
  • A PDF should be uploaded with the artists name, title, year, and a description of the artist’s role in the work.
  • Films will also need to provide a script.


  • Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writers should send 10 pages from a novel, short stories, or poems.
  • Screen writers should submit one complete screenplay
  •  Files should be labeled with the artist’s name, title, and year completed.

Interdisciplinary artists

  • Submit a combination of the above that accurately represents your work.


  • Please email the art center coordinator if your work does not fall clearly into any of the above categories at

Statement of Intent: In your application you will describe your relevant qualifications, what you hope to accomplish in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and how it will benefit your future work. Limit 500 words.

Public Outreach Proposal: The resident will submit a proposal on their plans for public outreach during their stay. Residents are required to provide 2 programs engaging with the public. These can be hands on demonstrations, open studios, or presentations and should last between 2-3 hours. Programs should relate to the resident’s work and help support the mission of Yellowstone Forever. In your proposal please outline your program, necessary supplies, and the length of each session.   

Biography: The resident will submit a short biography. Limit 300 words.

Resume: Your resume should include relevant exhibits, publications, commendations, and/or professional work not to exceed 4 pages.

Preferred Dates:

In your application you will choose the top 3 time periods you will be available.