About the Program

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY Selected artists for the Artist-in-Residence Program may stay for a residency term of 3 weeks during the months of March, April, October or November at the Lost Horse Ranger Station inside Joshua Tree National Park. No stipend is provided. Artists are responsible for their own expenses, such as travel, meals, transportation, and insurance coverage.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND WORKING CONDITIONS In addition to the accommodations of the Lost Horse Ranger Station – approximately 600 sq. ft. – and the overall park itself, artists may utilize an indoor studio and outdoor patio workspace for the production of their projects. Although conditions inside the Lost Horse Ranger Station are more temperate, artists must be prepared for more extreme conditions outside in the high desert that include high winds, low relative humidity and temperatures that can range from 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to as low as 30 degrees at night. Visiting artists are subject to the same Park Service regulations as all visitors – permanent or temporary alterations or manipulations of the landscape are strictly prohibited. Artists will be provided a park pass to allow free access to the park during the residency, and need transportation for access to the remote location of the Lost Horse cabin. Due to space limitations at the cabin, the residency is limited to one occupant at a time and unfortunately cannot accommodate collaborators or companions. Park policy prohibits bringing pets to the cabin.

DONATION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK COLLECTION As per agreement with acceptance into the residency programs, selected artists are asked to donate to the park an original piece of artwork and/or appropriate professional documentation of their writing, music, or performance from their residency in Joshua Tree National Park. Donated artwork must be received no later than one year after an artist’s residency. Artwork from visual artists should be framed with Plexiglas and prepared for hanging before donation. Artists are also required to provide the copyright for this artwork to the National Park Service. Artwork becomes the unrestricted property of Joshua Tree National Park and may be used in exhibits, educational programs, fundraising efforts, and by Joshua Tree National Park’s nonprofit association for their products. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art. The National Park Service owns the artwork and the rights to reproduce it. Under those rights, the artist has a license to make use of the artwork’s image for his or her purposes.  When artists reproduce artwork for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: “This artwork was produced under the Artist-in-Residence Program at Joshua Tree National Park.”

THE SELECTION PROCESS A panel of prominent artists, arts professionals, community representatives and National Park Service personnel will choose finalists. Final selections are based on artistic merit, professional résumé  the Statement of Project/Purpose, public presentation proposal(s), and relevance to the JTNP Artist-in-Residence Program mission.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT Joshua Tree National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program is exclusively owned and operated by the National Park Service, and managed in partnership with the JTNPA and other organizations. Additional partnerships with arts, cultural, and community organizations will be utilized to support specific collaborations, projects, exhibitions, performances, and/or opportunities for selected artists.

For further information:

Caryn Davidson, Park Liaison, AIR Program
(760) 367-3012

Meg Foley, Executive Director, Joshua Tree National Park Association
(760) 367-5530