Artist-in-Residence

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The first Great Basin National Park Foundation - University of Nevada, Reno Artist-in-Residence Program is currently open to artists living in the Nevada/Utah Great Basin region. The two-to-four week residency, occurring between June and September, is open to visual artists, literary artists, musicians and other creative activity media artists (performance, theatre, dance, composers, etc.)

Artists will be surrounded by the natural beauty of the park from the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak to the depths of Lehman Caves. The park offers the solitude of the wilderness and provides expansive and renowned dark-sky stargazing. The sights, sounds, and textures of the environment, along with uninterrupted time, offer a respite from typical daily life and provide inspiration for creative work.

The unique camping residency experience is free of charge; however, no other stipend will be offered. Campsite and camping equipment will be provided.

The Artist-in-Residence must agree to present at least one public program in the park during their residency. The AIR public program will be available to park visitors and the general public and will be interactive in nature. Upon returning home from the residency, artists must agree to present/engage in one public outreach program in their own community to share Great Basin National Park and the residency program with audiences beyond the park’s borders.

Artists-in-Residence must also agree to donate to Great Basin National Park Foundation an original piece of artwork and/or appropriate professional documentation of writings, music, or performance created during the residency.

The deadline for submission is March 15th, 2021. The selection of the 2021 Artist-in-Residence will be announced in April 2021.

Please direct questions to Tamara Scronce, Director, School of the Arts, at the University of Nevada, Reno at (775) 784-1733.

What's included?

  • Great Basin National Park campsite
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
  • Potable water
  • Vault toilets
  • Camping equipment provided (if needed)
    • Sizable canvas tent
    • Cots (2)
    • Sleeping pads (2)
    • Yeti cooler
    • Camp kitchen (pots, pans, plates, bowls, utensils)
    • Camp stove
    • Camp lanterns
    • Small work table and stool (inside/outside)

What is not included

  • Artist-in-residence must provide their own sleeping bag, pillow, camp chairs, food and other personal items
  • Showers available in nearby Baker, NV (five miles east of the main entrance of Great Basin National Park)
  • Limited groceries in Baker, NV. Full shopping in Ely, NV (68 miles west of the main entrance of Great Basin National Park)
  • Public wifi not available in the park
  • Cellular access is possible but spotty
  • Please be aware that collecting and/or utilizing natural or cultural resources for the creation of art is prohibited in Great Basin National Park.

Apply to the AIR Program

Submission guidelines

All applications must be submitted through our Formstack.

All applications must include the following individual files:

  1. A personal statement/Artist Statement
  2. Résumé
  3. Three professional references – (contact information only)
  4. Digital Portfolio: Examples of Your Artwork (All examples of creative work should be submitted through a file sharing service such as Drop Box, and/or via publicly accessible links on the internet such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Provide all links in the application form. Please see below for specifics).
  5. List of works in portfolio: A corresponding numbered image/works inventory

Please note: If the application does not include the five items listed, it will not be considered.

  • Personal statement

    Please explain your medium, why you are interested in Great Basin National Park Foundation and its Artist-in-Residence Program, and what you hope to achieve by your residency. Emphasis should be on what type of programs you plan to offer while in residence. Please upload the personal statement to the Formstack AIR application.

  • Résumé and personal references

    Along with a detailed résumé of your work and professional experience, please list three references and their contact information. These references should be persons you have worked with, who know you and your work habits, and who know your creative work. Please upload your résumé to the Formstack AIR application.

  • Examples of portfolio: visual artists

    Please provide a link(s) to 5-10 examples of your work. All images should be saved in .jpeg format. An image size should not exceed 2,000 pixels on its longest side. For installation, performance, video and interactive media please see below under Performing Arts.

    List of works in portfolio: A corresponding numbered works inventory including title, medium, scale, and date completed (.docx or PDF) uploaded via application form.

  • Examples of portfolio: authors/poets

    Please send no more than five examples. Each example should be no longer than four pages. Excerpts from longer pieces, with a general explanation of the original piece, will be accepted. All written material should be saved in .docx or PDF format.

    List of works in portfolio: A corresponding numbered works inventory including title and date completed (.docx or PDF) uploaded via application form.

  • Examples of portfolio: music/theatre

    Please send no more than five performance examples, (audio only and/or audio + visual) each no longer than 5 minutes in duration via publicly accessible links on the internet such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and/or WAV files.

    For performance, installation art, video and interactive media, submit files and/or links with clips clearly labeled. For web-specific artwork, provide the URL.

    List of works in portfolio: A corresponding numbered works inventory including title and date performed (.docx or PDF) uploaded via application form.