Deadline: 01/06/2015

National Parks Arts Foundation Dry Tortugas National Park Artist-in-Residence at Loggerhead Key, FL, USA

Your Island for Art!

National Parks Arts Foundation in association with Dry Tortugas National Park have just established the most exciting Artist-in-Residence opportunity ever available, in the world…and we mean EVER! Where else in the world are you going to experience paradise, swim in turquoise water, witness rare and beautiful Green Sea Turtles & Loggerheads, weather dramatic tropical storms, appreciate an ancient lighthouse and experience the romance of pirate history...? But first let us ask you…… would you like to arrive by seaplane or boat...? Dry Tortugas National Park at Loggerhead Key is like no other little paradise in the world. Because of its fragile ecosystem, very few people are allowed to step foot -- much less live there -- as an Artist-in-Residence. This is an unique opportunity for a wide range of visual artists, filmmakers, performers and dancers who want to get serious work done without disruptions.

This one-month residency offers:

  • A shared residence on a beautiful, remote Florida islet.
  • A venue for a workshop or public lecture about the artwork or process.
  • A chance to donate Artwork to the National Parks Collection and to become a part of America’s National Heritage.
  • No residency fee.
  • Applications from artist couples are accepted.

Applications Due: June 1st, 2015
Finalist Selection(s) Announcement Date: July. 1st, 2015
Alternate Selection(s) Announcement Date: July. 1st, 2015
Artist in Residence Term: Sept. 1st – Oct.1st, 2015
Public Programming (Lecture/workshop/presentation): TBA

Note: the Artist(s) bears the full cost of travel to and from Loggerhead key, Dry Tortugas National Park which is located 70 miles west of Key West, and must make arrangements and preparations to feed themselves while there. This is a VERY isolated location!

* Artists applying must be totally self-sufficient, you will be entirely “off the grid”.There is no internet, no phone, no television. It is recommended, but not required, that the chosen candidate visit the site before committing to the residency and take a satellite phone during their stay. Artist must have all proper insurance.

For more information on open applications and specific park AIRs, please visit our website at:

Dry Tortugas National Park, Loggerhead Key, Florida: United States. Stats: Loggerhead Key, with Dry Tortugas lighthouse (46 meters high), 250 by 1200 meters in size, with an area of 260,000 square meters. This island has the highest elevation in the Dry Tortugas, at 10 feet (3.0 m). Loggerhead Key is located in Dry Tortugas National Park, and is the Westernmost of 7 islets of the Dry Tortugas. The total area of the islets (some of which are little more than sand bars just above sealevel) is about 580,000 square meters (143 acres). Over many years, some have vanished underwater entirely and their land mass changes over time as wind and waves reshape them.

The Dry Tortugas are a legendary group of islets, located at the end of the Florida Keys, USA, about 67 miles (108 km) west of Key West, and 37 miles (60 km) west of the Marquesas Keys, the closest islands. The first Europeans to discover the islands were the Spanish in 1513, led by explorer Juan Ponce de León. The keys were a pirate hideout and way station for centuries during the golden age of Caribbean piracy. The Carnegie Institute ran an historic Marine Biology Laboratory at Loggerhead Key from the turn of the 20th century to 1939.

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) is the only world-wide non-profit providing Artist-in-Residence Programs (AiR), Workshops and Museum Loans uniquely in cooperation with National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, World Heritage Sites and other park locations. NPAF partners with the National Park Service, State Parks, park partners, schools, under-served organizations, museums, galleries and other entities in promotion of our successful programs. Often the artist-in-residence may be offered even more….. a stipend, a studio, donation of an automobile; all meals from the parks concessionaire, individual grants and scholarships, sizable discounts, a chance to exhibit work and accompany park scientists and rangers along with a place to live, studio, public program venue of workshop, lecture or concert space, interaction with NPS interpretation and other NPS staff. All where applicable.

PLEASE NOTE: These (above) may be available, but the artist should refer to the particular park NPAF AIR program and application to see if these specifics are available. Often we will not have confirmation of donations and other funding or other opportunities in the park until the residency commencement date. Please see the NPAF website for any changes in offers for artist per particular program.

National Parks Arts Foundation  Dry Tortugas National Park Artist-in-Residence at Loggerhead Key, FL, USA

National Parks Arts Foundation Dry Tortugas National Park Artist-in-Residence at Loggerhead Key, FL, USA

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