Apply to the AIR Program

The Great Basin National Park Foundation - University of Nevada, Reno Artist-in-Residence Program is currently open to artists living in the western US including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. 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 and will include a $500 artist honorarium. Campsite will be provided, and general camping equipment is provided, if needed.

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, the artist will 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 will be asked to provide a digital portfolio of visual art, writing, music, or performance created during the residency for the residency archive and for use in future Great Basin National Park Foundation and GBNPF-UNR Artist-in-Residence publicity.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2023. The selection of the 2023 Artist-in-Residence will be announced in April 2023.

Please direct questions to Tamara Scronce, Emerita Professor of Art, School of the Arts, at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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, however limited access to park staff wifi will be made available upon request
  • 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.