Artist-in-Residence Program

Erica Shirk Printmaking
Erica Shirk demonstrates printmaking.


Artist-in-Residence Program Details:

Wanting to apply? Read below on what to include with your application!

2024 Application Deadline : January 15, 2024

What is required of the Artist during the residency:

  • Explore Homestead's historical and natural themes through your work.
  • Present one public program.
  • May have the opportunity to donate one item to the park or Friends of Homestead.

Application Requirements:

1. Completed volunteer form found online here.
2. Statement of Purpose - Please explain what you hope to accomplish during your residency, how you plan to use park themes in your work, and what you hope to contribute as a program and donation.
Also describe how you will:
a) use at least one of the park’s interpretive themes in your work;
b) use the stay to contribute to your artistic development; and
c) what you will contribute to benefit the park. In addition, we desire artists who want to be visible and interact with visitors. Please also include your vision of sharing your art with the public in at least one public program. (no more than one page)

3. List of desired dates - please be specific.
4. List of exhibitions and/or teaching experiences.
5. Samples of artwork (no originals) - Please send prints or digital copies of 6 images.
6. Contact information for 3 professional references

Please submit your application either by email or by hard copy using either address listed below:


ATTN: Arist in Residence Program
8523 W. State Highway 4
Beatrice, NE 68310

Rachel Forrest plein air painting
2014 Artist-in-Residence paints near Cub Creek.


Further Information:

Residency periods are about 2 weeks long, and take place during the months of March through October. Please list date preferences for your residency as part of your application. Housing will be provided at or near the park; we can most easily accommodate artists seeking spring and fall residencies.

(Fine art photopraphy does not include basic documentary work or scenic postcard and calendar type images. Photographs should express a unique creative vision and be fine art in presentation and style.)

Willingness to share your inspiration with others is a central tenet of the Artist-in-Residence Program. Resident artists are asked to present one public program during their residency. These presentations should be based on the artist’s work, experiences, and interests, and may include workshops, discussions, demonstrations, etc. All programs should be developed in consultation with park staff, and should be appropriate for general park audiences.

Painters, potters, sculptors, and other artists, when appropriate, will be encouraged to work daily in view of park visitors.

The artist is requested to donate an original work which embodies Homestead’s interpretive themes. Any donated artwork must be received within one year of the residency. All expenses for materials and for delivery of the artwork to the park is the responsibility of the artist.

Artists will permit park staff to photograph artwork created and programs given during the residency. The artist will sign a photo release to the National Park Service for use of images of the artwork from the residency, and images of activities associated with the residency. Donated artwork and/or associated images will not be used for commercial purposes, but may be used for education or interpretation by the National Park Service or Eastern National, the Park’s cooperating association.

Art in the Parks:

Artists throughout history have evoked emotions, captured moments, and shown us the world through a myriad of mediums. They convey big ideas through a unique lens and allow us to not only soak in beauty, but gain a new perspective.

Artists have been intimately tied to national parks since the 19th century, when painters such as Thomas Moran documented the unbelievable landscapes of the American West. These artists played a crucial role in stimulating the establishment, visitation, and appreciation of these national parks. Today, artists still find inspiration in national parks and continue to help us make meaningful connections to our nation's special places.

The homesteading story is big—sometimes it seems almost too big to comprehend. But art can help convey its powerful scenes, personal stories, and conceptual themes. Through our Artist-in-Residence program, we invite artists of all specialties to spend time living and working at Homestead National Historical Park. These artists channel their individual talent into one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the homestead story and prairie environment. The opportunity to live and work at Homestead National Historical Park benefits the selected professional artist as well as those who will experience their artwork today and in the future.

Luna Moth

Mel Mann, 2010 Homestead Resident Artist

For additional questions about the Artist-in-Residence Program:

Email us! or call (402) 223-3514.

To find other Artist-in-Residence programs in the National Park Service, click here.

Last updated: March 19, 2024

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8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice, NE 68310


402 223-3514

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