Artist-in-Residence Program

A man seated at an easel paints and displays finished paintings.
2012 Artist-in-Residence Steven S. Walker at work on one of his landscape paintings

NPS Photo

The National Park Artist-in-Residence Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site promotes creative means of communicating the park's national significance and its relevance to park visitors.

A woman in a sweater and scarf smiles in a wooded setting.
Visual artist and animator Erin Anfinson

Photo courtesy of Erin Anfinson

2017 Artist-in-Residence

Erin Anfinson will be the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. She will be in residence during June and the early part of July. Anfinson will lead a free public presentation on Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center.

Anfinson is a visual artist and animator based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001 and her MFA from the University of Connecticut in 2003. Anfinson is an associate professor of art at Middle Tennessee State University. She also teaches mixed media encaustic, or hot wax painting, workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Anfinson's encaustic works, paintings, and animations have been exhibited in a variety of solo, group and juried exhibitions across the United States.
A woman photographs yellow flowers in the prairie.
Photographer Linda Staats at work in the prairie in 2008

Linda Staats

About The Residency

Herbert Hoover NHS offers a residency of eight weeks during the months of June, July and August. The National Historic Site provides lodging and a secure place for equipment and supplies at no cost to the artist. During the residency, the artist interacts informally with the public, presents public interpretive programs, and contributes a piece or pieces of work for the site to utilize.

Who May Apply

Professional American visual and performing artists, writers, composers, and other artists may apply.

How To Apply

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is not accepting applications now.


Selections will be made based on merit and how the artists' work can communicate the park's national significance and its relevance to park visitors.

Responsibilities & Duties

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) will be enrolled in the Volunteer-in-Parks (VIP) program after reading and signing form OF-301A, Volunteer Services Agreement. The agreement will outline the artist's duties related to the goals of the residency. It may be terminated by either the AIR or the National Park Service at any time.

The artist works an average of 40 hours of work per week in the park or other approved locations. Days and hours of work will be worked out before the residency begins. The artist provides park staff notice each morning about his or her activities and likely whereabouts.

The artist is responsible for all supplies and materials needed for his or her artwork. Reimbursement may be available for some out of pocket expenses incurred during the residency.

Within three months after the residency, the AIR will complete and deliver the final products of the residency.

Within one year after the residency, the AIR will provide one public presentation in the artist's home community on the artist's experience and of the artwork produced as a result of the residency, along with some form of documentation to the park.

Lodging & Area Information

The artist will be lodged for free in one of the historic homes at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Water, electricity, and gas are included. Free parking is available either behind the houses or on the street. The house may not be accessible to persons with disabilities.

The house is furnished and air-conditioned. It has a telephone line for local calling. A washer and dryer are in the basement. The kitchen is fully equipped. The park will provide sheets, blankets, and towels. The AIR may want to bring an alarm clock, a fan, a light blanket and DVDs.

The house has exterior locks and an alarm system. If park staff needs to enter for maintenance work, they will contact you 24 hours ahead of time. In case of an emergency, park staff will contact you immediately before entering.

Churches, medical care, and groceries are available in West Branch (population 2,100). Iowa City (population 70,000) located 10 miles west, offers excellent medical care, cultural and recreational activities.

Working With The Public

The artist is encouraged to interact with park visitors as they interpret the variety of cultural and natural resources of the park, including its historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscape, creek, and tallgrass prairie.

Identifiable portraits of persons are not permitted without their written permission. The park will provide the artist with a model release form to obtain permission.

The artist will present at least one 60-minute public program during their residencies. The programs may suit the artists medium, interest, and experience, but must be approved by the AIR coordinator.

Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations.

Studio Space, Storage, & Access

Aside from lodging, the park does not have a dedicated studio or storage space for artists. The AIR coordinator will work with the artist to find suitable places in the park to work and to store equipment and supplies.

The artist will be given a key and an alarm code only to his or her quarters. The AIR will not have access to the park's computer network.

The AIR may have access, with permission from the Chief Ranger, to public historic structures during park operating hours. He or she may work behind barriers if there is no apparent risk of damage to the structures and museum collection, and no safety hazard for visitors. Furnishings and museum objects may not be rearranged or touched without the permission of the Chief Ranger.

Access to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the administrative office of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, a private not-for-profit organization, is excluded from this arrangement. The park or the artist may make additional arrangements with NARA as needed.


Artists-in-Residence At Herbert Hoover National Historic Site


Patricia McInroy


Vivian Hyelim Kim

Emily Melhorn


Steven S. Walker

Missy Gaido Allen


Gaynell Gavin

M.S. Coe


Laura Madeline Wiseman

Patricia Rottino Cummins


Linda Staats

Will Anderson


Diane Blair Kunzler

Billie Davids


Karen Page Crislip


Caren Hackman

Gabriel Sokoloff


Matt Moyer


Thomas Linn

Mary Stieglitz


Coleen Kobe

Stephen Longmire


Kristi Carlson

Judy Sanchez


Catherine Jones-Davies

Christine Lohr

Julie Townsend

Last updated: June 9, 2017

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