Landis Artist-In-Residence Program

Landis Artist-In-Residence Program

Openings October 1, 2020 – May 30, 2021

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: May 1, 2020 for residencies running October 1, 2020 – May 30, 2021.
Application: Applications will open on March 1, 2020.


  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  • International applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and have the ability to provide work documents (i.e. SSN).
  • Applicants must be currently active with work done in the last two years
  • Applicants must pass a background check once selected.
  • Emerging and professional artists of all disciplines are welcome to apply including painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, and others. Cross-disciplinary artists are also encouraged to apply, particularly those who integrate science into their process.

Selections and terms: Each residency will last from four to six weeks in length, and the residencies run year round. Those looking for a shorter, two-week time period should consider applying to the residency at the Yellowstone Art & Photography Center.

A board of working artists, National Park Service employees, and Yellowstone Forever staff will review and make the final artist selections.

The program seeks artists whose works are related to the park’s interpretative themes and support the mission of the National Park Service.

Yellowstone National Park’s Primary Interpretive Themes:

  • Geology: Yellowstone lies on a restless part of the earth. Physical evidence of the park’s geologic history spans at least 2.7 billion years, and geologic forces continue to shape the land and the patterns of life on the landscape today.
  • Geothermal Features: Yellowstone has more active geothermal features (geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles) than the rest of the world combined; they are a product of underlying  geologic activity, and their heated waters are habitat for diverse thermophilic life forms that we are only beginning to understand.
  • Natural Resource Preservation: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem preserves a world-renowned biological reserve that includes relatively intact wildlife communities and rare and endangered species.
  • Wildlife: Yellowstone is home to abundant, diverse, and free -ranging wildlife in a largely undisturbed setting. Their survival depends on sufficient and healthy habitats, the preservation of biological diversity, and minimal human interference and impact. Yellowstone’s wildlife provides outstanding opportunities to experience and appreciate the diversity of life.
  • Ecosystem: The greater Yellowstone area is one of the largest and most intact temperate ecosystems in North America. It supports an exceptional concentration and diversity of terrestrial and aquatic life.
  • Human Culture and History: Yellowstone preserves resources associated with more than 11,000 years of human history, which provide insights into a variety of cultures, values, and perceptions, including those of Native Americans, trappers, explorers, miners, Army personnel, National Park Service and private sector concession staffs, neighboring communities, and, for more than 140 years, park visitors.
  • First National Park: Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, and it continues to be a model for the preservation and enjoyment of park resources.
  • Wildness: Yellowstone is an extraordinary place in which to experience wildness.
  • Laboratory: Yellowstone’s diverse resources, ecological processes, and cultural history provide important opportunities for research and education.
  • Climate Change & Sustainability: As Yellowstone’s climate changes, habitats are already changing, affecting continued survival of native species. Engaging in sustainable practices decreases human contributions to climate change.
  • Management: Effective park management requires the protection of resources, promotion of sustainable public use, involvement by and cooperation among interested individuals and groups, and the support of the American people for their National Park System.

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 up to two artists and two scientists simultaneously. The artists will reside on one level of the duplex and share laundry and work space with the scientists. Each level has two bedrooms.

The resident will have their own bedroom but share the rest of the space with another artist. The facility can accommodate a limited number of family members for an additional fee. If interested in bringing your family, please indicate this in your application form.

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

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. More information can be found at their website:

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

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 Public Program Space: Yellowstone Forever’s Gardiner store will be used as a public exhibit space and a space to host art programs, open studio sessions, evening programs, and receptions.

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.

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. Selected residents will be provided with housing in a fully-furnished home overlooking the Yellowstone River for a modest lease rate of $100/week. A partner or spouse is allowed to accompany them. If an artist wishes to have the entire level to themselves, the fee is $200 weekly for both bedrooms and the artist is allowed 2 additional family members. Those looking for a free residency should apply for the Yellowstone Art and Photography Center Artist in Residence. Residents must submit a $100 cleaning deposit.

Application deadlines and link:

All applications must be submitted through the Yellowstone Forever application which will become available on March 1, 2020.

The call for applications opens on March 1, 2020 and must be submitted by May 1, 2020 with notifications by June 1, 2020.

Questions can be directed to

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 may be required to provide 1-2 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.