Deadline: 20/09/2015

National Parks Arts Foundation Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Artist-in Residence Program, Island of Hawai’i, HI, USA

Dramatic, Ever-Changing Volcanic Marvels!

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) in association with Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park of the National Park Service now offers a December residency in Hawai’i. The volcanoes on the island of Hawai’i , Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, sacred to the Hawaiian people, have long attracted artists who were driven to capture the unearthly glows and dangerous beauty of the flows of molten rock that run all around the park boundaries. This residency offers a unique opportunity for the artist to witness at close range and be inspired by the vital creative unpredictable force of nature itself as it chaotically surges and erases and remakes its own work and humbles human endeavor (and a few state highways) by comparison. This park is a endless laboratory of mighty natural forms that will astound you.

This one-month residency (December 2015) offers:

  • On-Site residence in the heart of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, a unique park that contains two active volcanoes inside its boundaries.
  • A venue for a single workshop or public lecture about the artwork or process. If the Artist is interested in additional public interaction or performance, they may propose their ideas in the application.
  • A chance to donate Artwork, through NPAF, to the National Parks Collection and to become a part of America’s National Heritage.
  • No Artist Studio available this term. Artist must work plein air or in their lodging.
  • No residency fee.


Applications Due: September 1st, 2015

Finalist Selection(s) Announcement Date: October. 1st, 2015

Alternate Selection(s) Announcement Date: October. 1st, 2015

Artist in Residence Term: December 1st - December 31st, 2015

Public Programming: (Lecture/workshop/presentation) TBA

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


Founded in 1916, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a United States National Park located in the U.S. State of Hawaiʻi on the Island of Hawai’i. It encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive subaerial volcano. The park gives scientists insight into the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and ongoing studies into the ever changing processes of vulcanism. For visitors, the park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes as well as glimpses of rare and endangered flora and fauna. The park also ranges through lush tropical rainforest as well as desert ecosystems, and is a World Heritage site and Biosphere Reserve.


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, public program venue of workshop, lecture or performance/concert space, interaction with NPS interpretation and other NPS staff. All where applicable.

PLEASE NOTE: These 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 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Artist-in Residence Program, Island of Hawai’i, HI, USA

National Parks Arts Foundation Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Artist-in Residence Program, Island of Hawai’i, HI, USA

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