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Grand Canyon Artist in Residence (Fall)
PO Box 399
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

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Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: National
State: Arizona
Entry Deadline: 6/15/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 17
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $45.00

This program is designed to host professional artists working at a high level in their field. We will follow an artist-focused and open-ended model that prioritizes on-site research and exploration in the interest of informing public interactions and understanding. While some visitor contact and outreach will be required, the majority of the artists’ time while on-site will be spent as they best see fit. We hope that the work that comes from this freedom will—through future on- and off-site exhibits, publications, and presentations—advance our fundamental connection with Grand Canyon. It is in this capacity that artists are invited to come and to work.

While no specific requirements will be placed on the content or direction of the artists' proposals, applicants must have an idea of direction, topic, and the project they will work on while during their residency when they apply. Projects may evolve and change during their residency as long as the new direction also has relevance to the canyon or its communities and meets all other program requirements and NPS guidelines.While some art forms are intuitively adaptable to this type of residency program, others will have to interpret their vision to adapt to the program and site constraints.

Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, or national origin. Every reasonable effort within the capacity of GCC will be made to accommodate artists with disabilities or accessibility needs.

Each artist is required to provide publication-quality, digital representation of the work done during the residency, as well as later work created as a direct result of the residency. While there is no exhibition, donation, or artwork requirement, each artist is asked to contribute a one-page two-dimensional expression of their on-site experience.

We welcome applicants from a wide variety of artistic disciplines, including:

  • Visual Art (two and three-dimensional, photography, sculpture, painting, textiles, drawing, or collage)
  • Installation or Land-based Art
  • Printmaking
  • Audio (performance or composition)
  • Film (documentary, fictional, or art)
  • Writing (poetry, fiction, essays, storytelling, or playwriting)
  • Indigenous arts, ethnographic fine art
  • New media
  • Performance art, choreography, dance, or theater
  • Arts Professionals (curatorial arts, or arts writing)
  • Social Practice
  • Interdisciplinary arts

Artists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit, track record of past accomplishments, and the quality and nature of the work samples provided
  • How the work plan is inspired by and will contribute to broadening our understanding of Grand Canyon and/or its surrounding communities
  • How the work plan and public programs foster innovation, diversity, and relevance to National Park visitors

Work Samples

Please select from the following work samples list appropriate to your practice. The category headings are guidelines. Submit whatever type of materials best represent your work. All files each need to be labeled with your name, the title of the work, and the year it was created. For example: JaneDoe_StudyinRed_2021. For multiple images of the same artwork, please add the number at the end of the file name. JaneDoe_StudyinRed_2020_1.

Applicants also supply a worklist in a PDF form that includes title, year, medium, and size/length (as relevant) for each work sample provided. This may also include a brief description of each work of no more than 2-3 sentences. Please do not provide links to websites or cloud storage.


Visual Art (two and three-dimensional, photography, sculpture, painting, textiles, drawing, collage, installation or land-based art, or printmaking). 
Applicants may submit up to 10 work samples (minimum 3), which can be a combination of images, video, or audio files (maximum of 10 minutes of video and audio). 

Writing (poetry, fiction, essays, storytelling, or playwriting). 
Submit up to 5 pages of poetry, 5 pages of prose, or a 5-page excerpt of one full-length play or script. A minimum of 3 pages should be submitted. The entire play/script may be submitted in addition, however, may not be reviewed in totality.

Performance art, choreography, dance, theater
Submit up to 10 minutes of video (minimum five minutes), along with any other material that adequately describes your work. 

Film / Video / New Media
Submit up to 10 minutes of video (minimum five minutes), along with any other material that adequately describes your work. 

Audio (music, singing, composition)
Submit up to 10 minutes of audio and/or video (minimum five minutes) along with any other material that adequately describes your work. 

Arts Professionals (art writers and curators)
Submit sufficient material to evidence the breadth of your work and interests, including reviews, essays, and catalogs. 

Interdisciplinary arts, Indigenous arts, ethnographic fine art, social practice arts
Review other categories above to determine an appropriate quantity of materials that are in keeping with the disciplines listed while giving an accurate representation of your practice.

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