Applications Due: June 1, 2018
Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical wilderness in North America. It is known for its rich wildlife, particularly large wading birds, and it is the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles coexist.
The Everglades National Park artist-in-residence program offers artists the opportunity to live and work in this unique environment for one calendar month. The works completed during or following the residency, will contribute to public understanding and appreciation of Everglades National Park. These works will represent and resonate with the Everglades for present and future generations, giving Park visitors and the general public an opportunity to see our heritage through the filter of the artists. Each AIRIE Fellow thus becomes an “ambassador” of the Everglades in the world.
Artists have been an important part of the National Park System for over a century. In fact, the writings, paintings, photographs, and public outreach of artists have not only created a permanent record of, but also in many instances, helped preserve National Parks. From landscape architect Jens Jensen to painter Frank V. Dudley to poet Carl Sandburg, many have understood the connection between unspoiled natural settings and artistic pursuit.
AIRIE invites visual artists, composers, scholars and writers to seek both solitude and solidarity in the inspiring environment of Everglades National Park. Artists are provided a furnished apartment for the length of the residency, usually four weeks. Visual arts include painting, sculpture, photography, installation and video. Writers include poets and authors of fiction, creative non-fiction and creative journalism. Composers, dancers and performance artists are welcome to apply. Work submitted should be of professional quality. No student work will be eligible.
A National Park residency isn't for everybody. It is for professionals who wish to work alone and unfettered in the challenge and beauty of the American wilderness. It is for those who deeply care about the environment and wish to contribute to it as well as benefit from it. The park can accommodate one resident per month.
Proposals that incorporate the following will be preferred:
· environmental awareness
· resonance with AIRIE and the Park’s missions
What is expected of the resident during the residency?
Artists are expected to spend time exploring, learning about and responding to the dynamic qualities of Everglades National Park.
Artists are required to respect Park RESTRICTIONS: they should not bring natural, organic materials to the Park, should not use organic materials from the Park in creating work, and should not remove any natural materials from the Park. Their work must not involve ground disturbances. It is the resident’s responsibility to be informed of Park rules and to follow them.
Interaction with Visitors: Each AIRIE resident is asked to volunteer a few hours to interact with interested Park visitors and staff during the residency. These interactions may take the form of slide lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, "art walks" equipped with cameras or sketchbooks, or mini-workshops.
What is expected of the resident following the residency?
Each AIRIE Fellow is expected to make an art donation to the Park.
Visual Art Donation: Each artist is required to donate an art work (framed, when applicable) to the Park Collection, no later than SIX months after the residency is completed. The art work should grow out of and reflect the residency and should be representative of the artist’s style. AIRIE is committed to showing artists’ work in The AIRIE Nest and at high level venues and therefore requests a museum-quality donation, in order to better represent the artist in future AIRIE exhibitions. The artist is expected to provide a high resolution digital image of the donated work and grant the Park the right to reproduce the work on the mandatory deed of gift form emailed to the selected fellows.
Literary Donation: The Park requires non-exclusive publication rights to a literary work produced during or following the residency. This work should grow out of and reflect the residency experience. The donation is required within 6 months from the last day of the residency.
Performance Donation: Usually in the form of video or recording, details of the donation will be negotiated with AIRIE and the Park.
Credits for AIRIE: When exhibiting, performing or publishing any work generated during or as a result of an AIRIE residency, it is strongly requested that residents offer press and/or event-based acknowledgment of the role of the residency in generating the work. The credit line should read: “This work was produced following [or during] a residency at Everglades National Park, YEAR, AIRIE.” AIRIE works hard to support and promote its artists in high profile events and exhibitions, and we ask that this effort be reciprocated.
Where you'll live and what to bring
A furnished (dishes, linens, books) live/work apartment is available in the Royal Palm area which is near Park Headquarters, the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, the Anhinga Trail. You will be approximately 15 minutes (by car) from the nearest towns of Florida City and Homestead, FL. At present there is no wifi in the Airielab, so a personal hotspot helps internet access.
Accepted residents will need to bring personal gear, food and supplies. The artist is expected to leave the accommodations neat and clean and to comply with all regulations and standards governing park employees and visitors. The artist should be self-sufficient and also willing to work closely with Park staff and the local community to achieve program goals. Accepted residents qualify for micro-grants to offset expenses related to the residency, such as travel, food, and equipment rental. Presently, there is no wifi in the AirieLab, therefore a personal hotspot is recommended for emails and online research.
The Everglades has two seasons. The dry winter season begins in November and ends in April. The hot, wet summer season also brings high levels of mosquitoes.
AIRIE Selection Process
A prominent panel drawn from varying fields of expertise as professional artists, curators or educators in the designated disciplines, along with Everglades National Park personnel, will review materials submitted. Selections will be made on the basis of merit and how a candidate's work can advance the mission of Everglades National Park and the National Park Service while enhancing the growth of the artist's work. Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age or national origin.
A USEFUL TIP: Although quality and suitability are always the primary criteria for selection, AIRIE is a small and highly competitive program. The most competition is for the prime months of winter for comfort in the Glades. Therefore, applicants have a better chance of selection if they indicate a willingness to come during the warmer months. The warmer months do have their charms with high water levels, blossoms, bright light and a particular quietness with fewer visitors in the Park. AIRIE does not host fellows in August or September.
For Further Information contact:
For more general information about Everglades National Park visit: http://www.nps.gov/ever/home.htm