ND State Parks seeking artist in residency program program applicants

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts are once again partnering on an Artist in Residency program within the North Dakota State Parks. The Artist in Residency program offers artists the opportunity to stay and work in unique environments where they’ll have the opportunity to draw inspiration from a park, demonstrate their skills and assist park visitors of all ages in discovering their artistic side.

This year three artists will be invited to stay one week at either Lake Metigoshe State Park (July 14-21), Fort Ransom State Park (August 4-11) or Fort Stevenson State Park (August 11-18) as a collaborative effort to incorporate arts into the educational programming presented by the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department.

The program’s goal is to continue creating works of art that showcase, document and celebrate our North Dakota State Parks while providing opportunities for visitors to become stewards, with a deeper appreciation of artistic works inspired by the state parks. It is hoped the artworks generated from this program will characterize the state’s beauty for present and future generations, giving park visitors an opportunity to see North Dakota through the eyes and ears of contributing artists. The Artist in Residency program recruits a wide variety of local artists including performing, literary, and visual artists.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Participating artists are required to provide a minimum of two onsite presentations, one of them being a hands-on workshop providing park visitors of all ages an opportunity to try out the artist’s skills, methods and/or tools. Artists are provided with either a cabin or modern campsite for the duration of their residency, depending upon the state park and/or availability.

A $1,750 stipend will be awarded to the selected artists upon the completion of the residency program to compensate participating artists for their time and expenses. Participating artists are required to donate a piece of art representing their style and reflecting their residency to the park’s collection. Applicants must be current North Dakota residents. Interested artists can obtain applications via www. Please submit applications via email to on or before April 19, 2019.

Those interested in attending the Artist in Residency events at Lake Metigoshe, Fort Ransom or Fort Stevenson State Park can find event listings on the individual parks’ in addition to the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department’s Facebook pages later this spring, after the participating artists have had a chance to work out the details with their host park.

The mission of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is to offer a diversity of recreation opportunities and sustainably manage resources.

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