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.