Artist In Residence

Artists impacted the formation, expansion, and direction of our national parks. They gave glimpses of the American landscape to people that may never visit those lands, creating connections through photography and painting. Still today, artists using a wide variety of media to draw inspiration from park lands. Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments’ Artist-in-Residence Program continues the tradition of arts in the parks. Founded in 2018, the program brings artists to the park in order to share their inspirations, ideas, and artwork with the public.

The Artist-In-Residence Program offers artists the opportunity to pursue their discipline while immersed in the park landscape. Selected artists stay in park housing for a selected period of time. A modest stipend is provided to assist with travel and food expenses.


Artists will live in a 1-bedroom (queen) fully furnished manufactured home built in 2014. Artist must bring their own linens and personal items, max occupancy: 2, no pets, no smoking. Housing is located at Montezuma Well National Monument. Cell phone service is limited due to the isolated location of the park and location of housing within the park. No WiFi is available. Artists-in-Residence are required to have their own mode of transportation to, from, and within the park. Public transportation is not available.


Upon completion of the residency, participating artists will donate to the park one original piece of artwork from, and representative of, their residency in Montezuma Castle or Tuzigoot National Monument. Artwork from visual artists should be framed with glass or prepared for hanging before donation. The donated artwork becomes property of the National Park Service. Artwork may be accessioned into the park's permanent museum collection, used in exhibits, used for educational purposes, and/or auctioned by partner entities. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art.


Artist makes themselves available in our parks for 20 hours each week, with a formal performance/demonstration or talk at least once a week. Those 20 hours can be spent working on your medium, talking with visitors and answering questions they have about your art, preferably scheduled in advance for advertising. Artists are responsible for providing their own supplies and equipment for this residency and all public presentations.
Depending on the medium, artists may work outside at Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well or Tuzigoot in a variety of climatic conditions, including but not limited to direct sun, rain, monsoon thunderstorms, snow, and temperatures between 20°F and 105°F, or artists may work inside the Visitor Centers at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot. The park will provide a table and chairs, and a shade structure upon request.

How to Apply

The application process is closed for this season. We anticipate hosting artists during the winter of 2019/2020. Please check back for program updates. Should you have any questions about the program, please email Laura Varon-Burkhart. Thank you!

Last updated: October 8, 2019

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