Acadia National Park, Artist-In-Residence - August 2014

The Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers artists the opportunity to create work in the park’s northern annex of the Schoodic Peninsula. The program is run in conjunction with the Schoodic Institute for Research and Education on Schoodic Point. Selected artists participate in lectures and workshops at the Institute and are required to donate one piece of art created during the residency.

I was selected as Artist-in-Residence for August 2014, and my stay featured work completed on both Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula. During the three week experience, I created nearly forty new works ranging from small-scale travel sketches to ink and graphite washes and paintings in water-based media.

Though I was provided a fully-furnished studio, all work created during the duration of the residency was completed on-site giving me the opportunity to explore the numerous trails spanning the mountains, islands and endless miles of shoreline of Acadia. As an ambassador of the park, I engaged many travelers and provided information about the program and the institute while also speaking about my own work.

In the first week of the residency, the Schoodic Institute hosted a “Celebrating Partnership” event, lead by the Director of the National Parks, Jon Jarvis and featured U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell as the keynote speaker. The artist-in-residence studio was one of the stops on the group tour, and I provided a comprehensive display of my work to promote the program.

The residency also included a workshop entitled “Introduction to Landscape Drawing for the Beginner.” The public workshop began with a studio visit and discussion and concluded with a short hike along the Institute’s Sundew Trail for a two-hour drawing session on the Schoodic Point shoreline.

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