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Herbert Hoover National Historical Site

Herbert Hoover NHS offers one residency of eight weeks during the months of June, July, and August.

The National Historic Site provides lodging and a secure place for equipment and supplies at no cost to the artist. During the residencies, the artists interact informally with the public, present public interpretive programs, and contribute a work of art for display in the park.

Contact us for more information about the program.


West Branch, Iowa: United States

The residency is in West Branch, Iowa (population 2,300). Churches, medical care, and groceries are available in West Branch. Iowa City (population 70,000) located 10 miles west, offers excellent medical care, cultural, and recreational activities.


  • Residency Length: 8 weeks
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 1


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Professional American visual and performing artists, writers, composers, and other artists may apply.

  • Application deadline: March 26

Past Residents & Quotes

"A residency at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site affords me the opportunity to explore an abundance of subjects of interest to me as an artist, and a unique opportunity to interact with people who visit the site...Art is so many times a solitary experience and I enjoy the casual interactions with people who are interested in the subjects I work with and the artistic process."
— Diane Blair Kunzler, Artist in Residence 2007

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    The artist will be lodged for free in the David Mackey House, one of the historic homes at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Water, electricity, and gas are included. Free parking is available either behind the houses or on the street. The house may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. The house is furnished and air-conditioned. It has a telephone line for local calling. A washer and dryer are in the basement. The kitchen is fully equipped. The park will provide sheets, blankets, and towels. The AIR may want to bring an alarm clock, a fan, and a light blanket. The house has exterior locks and an alarm system. If park staff needs to enter for maintenance work, they will contact you 24 hours ahead of time. In case of an emergency, park staff will contact you immediately before entering.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no
  • Additional studio information: 
    Aside from lodging, the park does not have a dedicated studio or storage space for artists. The coordinator will work with the artist to find suitable places in the park to work and to store equipment and supplies.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) will be enrolled in the Volunteer-in-Parks (VIP) program after reading and signing form OF-301A, Volunteer Services Agreement. The agreement will outline the artist's duties related to the goals of the residency. It may be terminated by either the AIR or the National Park Service at any time. The artist works an average of 40 hours of work per week in the park or other approved locations. Days and hours of work will be worked out before the residency begins. The artist provides park staff notice each morning about his or her activities and likely whereabouts. The artist is responsible for all supplies and materials needed for his or her artwork. Reimbursement may be available for some out of pocket expenses incurred during the residency. Within three months after the residency, the AIR will complete and deliver the final products of the residency. Within one year after the residency, the AIR will provide one public presentation in the artist's home community on the artist's experience and of the artwork produced as a result of the residency, along with some form of documentation to the park.

Contact Information

110 Parkside Drive, P.O. Box 607
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa 52358
United States