Yellowstone Artist-in-Residence Program

Yellowstone Art & Photography Center Artist in Residence Program

AIR Agnes Ma

Yellowstone Forever’s Art & Photography Center Artists-in-Residence live and work in Yellowstone and engage with park visitors and gateway communities.

They enjoy the opportunity to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of one of America’s most awe-inspiring landscape, and inspire the next generation of artists in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Learn about the 2019 Artists in Residence.


When: June 1 – Sept. 30
Length: 2 weeks per artist
Location: Old Faithful area, Yellowstone National Park
Who can apply: Artists must be 21 and submit work completed in the last 2 years. Read the full list of requirements below.
Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2020

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The Yellowstone Art and Photography Center Residency is located in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park. While being centrally located in a national park can be a life changing experience, it can also have its challenges. Artist’s applying for the residency program should be prepared for the following:

Location: When applying please keep in mind that you will be residing and working in a national park. Artwork is not allowed to interfere, harm, or use the environment in any way without express permission from the National Park Service. The artist must follow and obey all rules outlined by the park service. While beautiful, Yellowstone is also a dangerous place with wild animals and a hazardous landscape. Please be respectful during your residency.

Travel: Entry fees into the park will be covered by Yellowstone Forever. Artists are responsible for finding their own transportation to Old Faithful. 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: Cell phone service is limited and sporadic in the interior of the park. Verizon works the best within the park boundary. A phone is located in the art center for emergencies. Limited wifi is also provided to the artist.

Privacy: The artist will be residing in the Art and Photography Center. They will be in the back portion of the building with a private room and bath. However, they are located in one of the busiest sections of the park and should be aware that while we take every measure to insure your privacy, visitors will be walking continually past your space during our 10am-6pm open hours.

Food: Artists are required to provide all their own food and meals. The residence has a complete kitchen stocked with cooking essentials. It is recommended the artist pick up food from a nearby town before entering the park as the general stores gear more toward camping items.

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

Weather: Throughout the summer months the weather in Yellowstone can range from 90 degrees during the day to 30 degrees at night. Snow in the summer does occur. Rain storms happen on a daily basis. The artist should be prepared to handle a variety of weather events and should check the forecast before arrival. The artist space has both heating and air conditioning.

Visitors: Please inquire directly if you plan to have visitors during your stay. One partner can accompany the artist, but must also pass a background check. If you would like your family to join you during your stay, please see the Landis Artist-In-Residence.

Collaboration: Collaborative pairs are welcome, however, the residence space is small and only has one full size bed. Only one application is necessary for a collaborative pair, with one artist listed as the main applicant, but each member should still submit an individual resume. Collaborative pairs or groups looking for larger accommodation should apply for the Landis Artist Residency.

Public Programs: The artist is required to provide 6 hours a week of public programming to be described in the proposal and scheduled with the Art Center Coordinator. The rest of the time is the artists to do with as they please.

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

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

Fees: The residency and application process are free. As an artist with Yellowstone Forever you will also receive a 30% off in all Yellowstone Forever bookstores, general stores, and hotel gift shops. This discount excludes gas, tobacco, alcohol, and dine in food. Artists must submit a $100 cleaning deposit. 

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 artist 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

Describe your relevant qualifications, what you will accomplish in Yellowstone, and how it will benefit your future work. Limit 500 words.

Public Outreach Proposal

The artist must submit a proposal on their plans for public outreach during their stay. Artists are required to provide 6 hours a week of art programming and interaction with the public. These can be hands on demonstrations, open studios, or presentations. Programs should relate to the artist’s work and help support the mission of the National Park Service. In your proposal please outline your program, necessary supplies, and the length of each session.


The artist must submit a short biography. Limit 300 words.  


The resume must include exhibits, publications, and/or performances, not to exceed 4 pages.

Preferred Dates

Each artist is in residence for a two week period. In your application you will rank the top 3 time periods you will be available and if you are flexible. Two week periods (13 days) all begin on a Monday and end on a Saturday.