National Park Service Selects Artist-in-Residence Participants at Acadia National Park for 2023

2018 Artist in Residence Sue Charles plein air paints on the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park (Photo by Will Newton/Friends of Acadia)

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Thirteen artists will visit Acadia National Park during the 30th anniversary of its Artist-in-Residence program in 2023. Highlights among the selections this year include a trio of singers and composers, a producer of digital animations, and artists who create pigments from local soils and paper from invasive plants.

Nationwide, more than 50 National Park Service sites host artist residency programs. At Acadia, most residencies span 14 nights of park-provided housing. Year round “Resident Artist” opportunities are also available for participants who have a home or seasonal residence within commuting distance of the park. All participants are asked to lead one public outreach activity and to donate one finished artwork to the program collection for public display in gallery spaces and an online catalog on the park website.

The program’s operating costs are covered fully by donations from the sales proceeds at America’s National Parks® stores throughout the park. This year the program received 169 applications in three categories: visual art, writing, and at-large, which includes such disciplines as music composition, dance, indigenous arts, and emerging technologies. Three panels with a total of 12 jurors–drawn from past program participants, community members, subject matter experts, and park staff–reviewed the applications.

The Artist-in-Residence participants for 2023 are:

Resident Artists

Visual Art: Mischa Ostberg, Ellsworth, ME
Writing: Hollie Adams, Bangor, ME
Visual Art

Jacqueline Weaver and Michael Cunningham, Forest Park, IL
Rachel Singel, Louisville, KY
Natalia Torres del Valle, Hillsborough, NC
Mallory Zondag, Schenectady, NY

Adelheid Fischer, Phoenix, AZ
Jason Myers, Houston, TX

C. Sweet-Coll, Los Angeles, CA
Heartwood, Minneapolis, MN

The call for applications to participate in the Artist-in-Residence program in 2024 will be open from July 1 to September 30, 2023.

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