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
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
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
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
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
For more general information
about Everglades National Park visit: http://www.nps.gov/ever/home.htm