The Hudson River School painters of the mid-1800s were instrumental in the birth of national parks. Until this time, American artists had focused primarily on portraits of people and depictions of historical events. The Hudson River School turned its attention instead to American landscapes, providing the public with its first interpretation of parts of the country most had never seen. Talk of preserving these great places ensued and the national park system was born.

Today, art continues to inspire us to protect these great places, even in post-pandemic 2021. SNP Trust provided the seed funding to launch Shenandoah National Park’s Artist in Residence program in 2013 and we are proud to continue to fund it annually. Artists live and work in the park for three-week sessions and engage park visitors in public programs.

Project Title: Artist-in-Residence Program

Project Purpose: to inspire artists and visitors to think deeply about the value of Shenandoah National Park — to inspire stewardship of the Park

Project Goals:

  • to understand the landscape of Shenandoah in new and unique ways
  • to increase awareness about important concepts, such as climate change and wildlife management, through images and sound
  • to enrich visitor experiences in the Park

Project Impact: By inviting professional artists to interpret the landscape through traditional and contemporary art, we provide programming and inspiration for visitors for 15 weeks every year, encouraging them to think deeply about their connections and experiences with Shenandoah National Park and — hopefully — become good stewards of the Park.

Project Funding: $14,000

2018 Artist-In-Residence, Malia Furtado.

2022 Artist-In-Residence, Jillian Sico.

Former Artists-in-Residence

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