Artist in Residence Program at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Applications Period is Open

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The National Park Service, in partnership with the Friends of Whiskeytown, is pleased to announce the 15th year of hosting an Artist-in-Residence program. The park is seeking established professional Plein Air artists with a history of exhibiting work to apply for this year’s residencies. The 2017 program theme is to paint scenes of people either enjoying or working at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. This would include visitors enjoying the beach or hiking to one of the park’s waterfalls to park rangers and maintenance workers conducting their daily work. The theme is a suggestion and not a requirement to participate in this year’s program.

Artists selected are offered a rustic two bedroom cabin tucked in the forest of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area to use as a studio and base camp. Residencies are scheduled through the spring, summer and fall for stays from one to three weeks. In return, the artists donate one painting created at Whiskeytown during their stay. The donated art becomes part of the art collection at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Artist must supply their own meals and transportation to Whiskeytown; however, there is no charge for rent or utilities while staying at the cabin.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000 acre forested park with a large lake in a mountain setting with four waterfalls, and peaks over 6,000 feet high. Over the past fifteen years, the park has hosted artists from all over the United States. We believe that through art comes appreciation for the place, and by developing a collection of art from the artist-in-residence program, the public will grow to appreciate and value Whiskeytown National Recreation Area even more.

We ask each applicant to submit the following:
1. Artist resume and exhibition record.
2. Statement of intent for the residency.
3. Sample CD with 5 to 8 images of artistic works (please also include a printed version of the images).
4. Preferred residency dates.

Applications will be juried by Dr. Lauren Palmor, Acting Assistant Curator for American Art at San Francisco’s de Young Museum of Fine Art. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2017. Artists will be notified by mid-March 2017, whether or not they have been accepted. Please contact Jim Milestone at 530-242-3460 for questions regarding this program or email at Jim_Milestone@nps.gov.. Mail applications to: Whiskeytown Artist-in-Residence Program, P.O. Box 188, Whiskeytown, CA 96095. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located in Northern California, ten miles from Redding, CA.

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