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NPAF Gettysburg National Military Park Artist In Residence

2019 Artist in Residence Type and Application Deadlines

U.S. Military Veteran AiR (January-Feb 2019 Term): April 20th, 2018
ALL ARTS MEDIA (February-March Term): April 20th, 2018
ALL ARTS MEDIA (March-April Term): April 20th, 2018
U.S. Military Veteran AiR (April-May Term): April 20th, 2018
ALL ARTS MEDIA AiR (May-June Term): April 20th, 2018
ALL ARTS MEDIA AiR (June-July Term): April 20th, 2018
ALL ARTS MEDIA AiR (July-August Term): April 20th, 2018
U.S. Military Veteran AiR (August-September Term): April 20th, 2018
(Poetry/LiterAudioArts) September-October: April 20th, 2018
U.S. Military Veteran AiR (October-November Term): Filled by Invitation

Announcement Dates:
January through June Terms: June 20th, 2018
July through November Terms: July 20th, 2018

Duration of residency

The residency lasts for 1 month. Residencies usually begin on the 15th of each month, and end on the 12th of the following month.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

The residencies vary according to category, but within the category rules, almost anything goes. There is no special arts facilities at the park, but there are a number of buildings that may be available for use.


Our residents stay at the Klingel House, which is a farmhouse that dates from before the era of the battle in 1863. The house serves as a residency and studio. There is high-speed internet, phone and cable TV at the house.

Studio/ workspace

There is no separate studio, however there is space in the house for a studio.

Fees and support

There is a $1000 stipend provided by the Gettysburg Foundation. There is an application fee, however. Artists are responsible for travel costs and their food while at the residency.

Expectations towards the artists

The artist will do at least one public presentation, lecture, or performance relating to their art or the work they have done at the park. There are more details about park rules etc, on our main Gettysburg page.

TEN Residencies Happening in 2019!

We are very excited to continue an extensive artist-in-residence program in 2019 at Gettysburg National Military Park. With the cooperation of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation we are looking for Artists who want to broaden their art practice while spending a full month at this historic battlefield.

NPAF is looking for any sort of artwork, from traditional landscapes, photographers, to performers, installations, films/video, as well as as writers, poets, sound artists, and new arts media. Virtually any approach can find a place at Gettysburg -- what matters is vision and talent.

For the next few years we have introduced programmatic themes to our residencies (and our FOCUS ARTS series) in order to diversify the interconnection of the arts with broader demographics and further inclusion. These programs will alternate with each other. With this in mind we have set up these programmatic themes:

U.S. Military Veteran AiRs (MVA) : You must be a U.S. Military Veteran to apply for these specific AiR programs (beginning in Jan., Jul. & Nov. 2017).

ALL ARTS MEDIA (AAM) : The months of these AiRs are open to any and all artistic media including cross-overs or hybrids with any of the other programmatic themes represented in the other months of Gettysburg Artist Residencies.

​LiterAudiArts (LAA): This is one our most fascinating AiR programmatic themes. This category focuses on many and all Linguistic, words, sounds, song and music. A few examples of this are POETRY, screenplays, spoken word, environmental recordings, sound art, wall of sound experimentation, Gettysburg and heritage archive appropriation and period piece instruments. The list is endless but must be at least in part words or/and sound.

​The park consists of the main battlefields, memorials, cemeteries, and historic buildings, support areas of the most famous battle of the American Civil War. A lovely, idyllic Pennsylvania pastoral setting that is starkly evocative of the living history of the bitterest American conflict, but also a potent symbol of reconciliation. Let it inspire and nurture your next art project at our residencies.

NPAF’s Fine Art curator, along with our select judges and panelists will consider solicited proposals through a competitive application process to identify artists deserving of a residency at Gettysburg National Military Park. National Parks Arts Foundation, through many generous partner donations, provides lodging and a venue for workshops and lectures and a possibility of donating art to National Collections.

In addition to their residency, the selected artist(s) will have the opportunity to present lectures and workshops, exhibit their art and will donate art inspired by their stay in the park to Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Collections, through the NPAF. This program aims to fulfill and exceed goals for Park Arts Programs as indicated in the NPS guiding document issued for the Centennial of the National Park Service.

NPAF will also be partnering with the Gettysburg Foundation, National Park Service, Poetry Foundation, park partners, recognized museums, galleries, schools and underserved peoples organizations to promote Gettysburg National Military Park Artist in Residence Program.


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: United States

Our 2019 residencies at Gettysburg National Military Park are the most extensive and varied we offer. The residency includes the beautiful landscapes of the battlefield and the Pennsylvania farm country, as well as one thousand memorial sculptures, as well as many buildings that may be used (with permission from the Park Service) for performances or art works. INCLUDING RESIDENCIES FOR US VETERAN ARTISTS. $1000 stipends for each residency and category. PLUS a dedicated residency for poets/songwriters with NATIONAL EVENTS. All deadlines for 2019 on 4/20/18, notification on January through June Terms: June 20th, 2018 July through November Terms: July 20th, 2018 THERE IS A $1000 stipend per residency. At Gettysburg, NPAF offers ten residencies in three categories: ALL ARTS MEDIA (Open to Any Media, any career phase) U.S. VETERANS (Artists who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces) LITERAUDIOARTS (Poetry, Spoken Word, Song, Music, Sound Art)


  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 10
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 200


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: April 20
  • Additional deadline info:
    Deadlines for EVERY 2019 GETTYSBURG RESIDENCE: 4/20/2018 Notification Dates: January through June Terms: June 20th, 2018 July through November Terms: July 20th, 2018

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Paul Kaloper, Chantelle Dinkel, Ted Walsh, Sean McGraw, Jeff Beekman, Marlene Alt, Robert Beech, Leigh Rydberg

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Residents Stay in the heart of the Park, in an historic farmhouse, the Klingel House that dates before the battle in 1863.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Additional studio information: 
    There is no separate studio, but there is ample space in the Klingel House for most work.
  • Other facilities and services: The artist in residence will be granted lodging, a studio, employee dining meals, and a venue for at least one workshop, lecture or concert. There are other buildings at the park which may be used for works or performances but this needs to be arranged directly with the Park Service after arrival.

Residency Fees

application fee: $35/$70 and No Cost for Veterans Applications in category. No fee for residency

Stipends / other support

The artist in residence will be granted lodging, a studio, employee dining meals, and a venue for at least one workshop, lecture or concert. Each residency has a $1000 stipend provided by NPAF and the Gettysburg Foundation.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists may present, at minimum, one, one-hour public program, workshop, concert or lecture during their residency at Gettysburg National Military Park, this can be presented either at the Park or at the Adams County Arts Center or another venue as deemed by NPAF and NPS. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. We also encourage artists to give public presentations in their own community about their residency experience in Gettysburg National Military Park, to further broaden the reach of the program’s purpose and the goals of the park. Artists need to provide their own insurance, art supplies, equipment, personal items and reliable transportation. Artists should be self-sufficient, independent and enjoy working in an isolated environment and able to commit to the full AIR term. The AIR artist must remain accommodating to inquiring park visitors because of the thoroughfare location of their studio and/or workspace. The artist is expected to comply with all park regulations and policies governing park employees, volunteers and visitors. The participating artists can donate an original piece of work inspired by their residency in Death Valley National Park to the NPS at Gettysburg through the NPAF. Donated work must be received no later than a year after the artist’s residency. Artists are required to provide rights of donated artwork to NPAF and Gettysburg National Military Park NPS.

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