Artist-in-Residence Program

The National Park Service, California State Parks and Redwood Parks Conservancy coordinates and delivers the parks’ Artist-in-Residence program. The program provides an opportunity for eligible artists to spend up two to four weeks at Redwood National and State Parks to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscape of the parks. The program provides access to work on projects in one of the most inspirational places on Earth.

Writers, sculptors, photographers, painters, dancers, cinematographers, musicians, composers, and other visual and performing artists may apply for this opportunity to draw upon the multifaceted qualities of the park for inspiration. All of these artists translate the national park’s purpose–as a place of pleasure and preservation–into creations that bring others enjoyment and deeper understanding.

A person's hand is holding an open, well-used watercolor paint palette with a variety of vivid colors. Some of the colors are stained into the mixing area, suggesting frequent use. In the soft-focus background, there is a large redwood tree, providing a natural and inspiring setting for creating art.

NPS / A. Gran

 During the residency, the artist will be given ample time and opportunities to find inspiration throughout the park. There will be also be opporunities to interact with park staff and the public. As part of the program, the artist will be expected to provide at least one public presentation. This is to help the next generation of artists see the parks through new perspectives.

Fall 2024 AIR Dates

Application Window: June 15th-30th, 2024
Selected Artist Announcement: August 30th, 2024
Dates of Residency: November 1st–30th, 2024
Deadline to Donate Artwork: May 31st, 2025

Eligibility

  • The Artists-In-Residence program at Redwood National and State Parks offers both established and emerging writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to participate.
  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • International artists may apply, but the park is not able to facilitate visas at this time.
  • Artists must pass a federal background check to access some NPS facilities.
  • Artists must apply as an individual, not on behalf of a group.

Expectations

  • The Artist In Residence program requires the selected artist to donate an original piece of art, representative of the artist’s style and reflecting the artist’s residency, within six months of the artist’s stay. This donation will be directly to Redwood Parks Conservancy for their use in fund-raising. Work is not being accessioned into the NPS museum collection at Redwood.
  • Selected artist(s) will also be required to present a public program during their residency.
  • Artists must provide their own supplies and transportation during their residency. Limited indoor space for storage or work may be available.
  • Artists must abide by all rules and regulations of the park. This includes prohibitions against collecting items in the park (with a few exceptions), not installing anything in the park, and not attaching to or climbing trees.

Stipend

Selected artists will be provided a stipend of up to $5,000 to facilitate their logistical needs. Half of the amount will be awarded upon arrival at Redwood National and State Park. The second half will be awarded upon receipt of the donated artwork to Redwood Parks Conservancy.

Selection Process

A committee of park partners and community arts leaders will review application materials and select the artist.

  • The selection criteria include:
    • Degree of integrity, artistic maturity, and professionalism
    • Quality of work
    • Appropriateness to the residency as illustrated by the particular art form and its connection to the park resources. Art should address the park’s primary themes of:
      • The ancient redwood forest evokes a near-universal experience that provokes the human spirit, but challenges human description.
      • As icons of and inspiration for the modern conservation movement, the coastal redwood forest represents a living example of our changing (and sometimes competing) cultural and social values over time.
      • These rare forests, watersheds, and marine environments are home to an interrelated biotic community of plants and animals and provide increasingly important refuges for a number of rare and endangered species. The restoration of these ecosystems offers hope for the future of these irreplaceable species and the human capacity for inspiration, stewardship, and sustainability.
      • The journeys of Tolowa, Yurok, Chilula, and Hupa peoples, who continue to inhabit these rich and diverse lands, reveal cultural clashes of sometimes horrific proportion and stories of human resilience that provide enduring lessons about human rights, resourcefulness, interdependence, and respect for life.
      • One of the most geologically active areas in the world, the dynamic landscapes of Redwood National and State Parks are shaped by powerful earth movements, dramatic water events, and a changing climate. These same forces continue to shape the entire Earth, and instill in us an awareness of the interconnectedness, overwhelming power, and resilience of nature.
      • Redwood National and State Parks is a place of hope and restoration. Amplifying traditional voices, restoring forests, and the reintroduction of the California condor are some of the pieces needed to restore the puzzle of the north-coast redwoods.
    • Artist’s personal statement of desire to participate in the residency, viewing the stay as a serious opportunity for enrichment and personal development as an artist

Meet the 2024 Artists-in-Residence

Lauren Godla

Lauren Godla is a dance artist, director and educator based out of Gasquet, CA. She graduated with a BA in Exercise Biology and a Minor in Dance from UC Davis in 2012 and spent the better part of the following decade living and working in the Bay Area. She co-directed and performed for FloorPlay Dance Comedy, choreographed for Theater Bay Area award-winning productions, and toured and performed nationally with BANDALOOP during her time in the Bay. In 2020 she moved home to Del Norte County and in 2021 she founded DiRT & Glitter, an environmental art organization that produces site-specific productions. Her dance film “Drop” was included in the 2021 San Francisco Exhibition Showcase “Three Turns” and her dance film “Two Suns” debuted in the 2022 San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She is currently serving as the Artistic Director for DiRT & Glitter and working on a collaborative dance film project to celebrate the Klamath Dam Removal process through funding awarded by the Upstate California Creative Corps. Her work aims to inspire connections, honor the body as part of our living planet, and explore our inner and outer wilderness.

Learn more about Lauren Godla and her work on Instagram @laurengodla @dirtandglitterco or visit dirtandglitter.org.

Lauren Godla Portrait
Jenny Hersh Portrait

Jenny Hersh

Jenny Hersh is an artist and educator with roots in the East Coast but always on the move to wherever art, community and teaching take her. While she has a background in sculpture and printmaking, she is currently deepening her practice of hand cut paper works. She is excited to explore parallels between the delicate and striking medium of cut paper and the fragile and awe inspiring ecosystems in the Redwoods National and State Parks. Jenny is looking forward to connecting with the land and learning from the communities that protect, revere and intertwine their lives with the natural world.

Learn more about Jenny Hersh and her work on Instagram @hershjenny or visit jennyhersh.com.

Application Guide – Artist-in-Residence Fall 2024

Application Process

The Fall 2024 application window is June 15th–30th. Selected Artist Announcement will take place August 15th. Residency will take place November 1st–30th, 2024.   

Applications or questions can be sent to events@redwoodparks.org. Applications may also be mailed or hand delivered to:
Artist in Residence Program
1111 2nd Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

 

1. Contact Information

Include first and last name, mailing address, email address, and phone number

2. Cover Letter

Your cover letter must include the following three parts:

  1. A description of your practice and how you view the stay as an opportunity for enrichment and personal development as an artist.
  2. A statement that you understand and agree to the following: 1) one piece of art created during the residency will be donated to Redwood Parks Conservancy for use at their discretion, 2) RPC will also have joint copyright of the donated item to use at their discetion, and 3) that you will abide by all park rules and regulations.
  3. A note about how you intend to interpret Redwood National and State Parks, as well as your proposal to meet the park’s AIR program themes of:
  • The ancient redwood forest evokes a near-universal experience that provokes the human spirit, but challenges human description.
  • As icons of and inspiration for the modern conservation movement, the coastal redwood forest represents a living example of our changing (and sometimes competing) cultural and social values over time.
  • These rare forests, watersheds, and marine environments are home to an interrelated biotic community of plants and animals and provide increasingly important refuges for a number of rare and endangered species. The restoration of these ecosystems offers hope for the future of these irreplaceable species and the human capacity for inspiration, stewardship, and sustainability.
  • The journeys of Tolowa, Yurok, Chilula, and Hupa peoples, who continue to inhabit these rich and diverse lands, reveal cultural clashes of sometimes horrific proportion and stories of human resilience that provide enduring lessons about human rights, resourcefulness, interdependence, and respect for life.
  • One of the most geologically active areas in the world, the dynamic landscapes of Redwood National and State Parks are shaped by powerful earth movements, dramatic water events, and a changing climate. These same forces continue to shape the entire Earth, and instill in us an awareness of the interconnectedness, overwhelming power, and resilience of nature.
  • Redwood National and State Parks is a place of hope and restoration. Amplifying traditional voices, restoring forests, and the reintroduction of the California condor are some of the pieces needed to restore the puzzle of the north-coast redwoods.

3. Resume

Include a brief (no more than two pages) resume explaining your background, past exhibitions, education, and experience.

4. References

Include one to three references who can speak to your creative work.

5. Sample of Work

  • Visual artists: At least three but no more than 10 images, each image no more than 5MB in jpeg format.
  • Writers: Any number of samples not to exceed a total length of 5 pages. Excerpts from longer pieces, with a general explanation of the original piece will be accepted
  • Musicians: Audio or Digital media: No more than three examples, not to exceed a total duration of 15 minutes. Excerpts from longer works, with a brief written explanation of the original piece will be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will I have for the residency program?

We want you to be as successful as possible and are willing to negotiate your length of time here, but generally the residencies last 2-4 weeks.

Where do I stay?

Generally, Park housing is provided to artists.  The unit is typically a private bedroom within a shared house of other park staff.  While in park housing, guests or additional family members are not permitted to stay in the park provided housing.  

Are pets allowed?

Yes – in certain areas only – but not on trails, in housing, or in offices. Pets are required to be on leash at all times and you must pick up after your pet. Generally, it would be challenging to bring a pet as part of the Artist in Residence Program. 

Is there a deadline for completing the presentation? Does the location matter?

The presentation is to be conducted during the residency and park staff will help you coordinate the details. It may be in the park, at a local school, or a campground.

How flexible are the dates that I choose?

Redwood will work with selected artists as much as possible to give them their ideal residency dates, but generally the residendencies take place in spring and fall.

What kind of art do I need to produce?

Whatever your preferred medium is! 

If I produce more than one work, how is the work shared?

Artists will donate one piece of work from their time as AIR to the Redwood Parks Conservancy. The format for the donated piece will vary depending on the medium and will be agreed upon before the Residency begins. The piece may be donated up to 6 months after the completion of the residency.

Any additional pieces of art belong solely to the artist, however the park would love to have a record of pieces created as part of the residency. 

Will artists have access to any storage or interior space to work or keep materials?

There is some interior space in the park to store and safeguard materials. The area is an storage space adjoining an NPS office.  The space has no climate control and cannot house volatile supplies. 

How much time will I have to work each day?

Your time here will largely be on your own schedule. We will help coordinate a few logistics such as the public program, but day to day you will set your own schedule.

Will transportation be provided?

You will need to provide your own transportation to the park and around the park. While a vehicle is strongly recommended, there may be alternatives including biking and public transportation.