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Hot Springs National Park


Artists have been part of national parks since the 1870s when painters played a vital role in documenting the majestic landscapes of the West. It was through their works of art that the public came to see these as special places in America – places destined to become the first national parks. Today, artists are working in more than 40 units of the National Park Service (NPS) through Artist-In-Residence (AIR) programs – using their talents to bring the sights and stories of the parks to life for the public. National Park Service AIR programs began in 1969; the Hot Springs National Park AIR program was initiated in 2004.

Hot Springs National Park offers a furnished cabin (rent-free) for a scheduled residence to an artist chosen for the Hot Springs National Park Artist-In-Residence program. In return, the national park asks every artist to provide a minimum of one (1) public program per week during their stay and donate to the national park’s permanent collection an original work of art that is representative of their style and reflective of their residency. The artist must interact informally with national park visitors when contacts are made in the field while working.


Hot Springs, Arkansas: United States