BAR HARBOR — A standup comedian, food writer, art therapist and jazz composer are in the mix of the eight creative professionals who have accepted invitations to visit Acadia National Park as artists-in-residence in 2022. Their professions are firsts for the program this year.
This year’s participants will include include: Lishan AZ, a multidisciplinary artist from Chicago, Ill., New Jersey food writer Casey Barber, Cincinnati comedian Kelly Collette, artist and art therapist Lisa Furman of New Haven, Conn., North Carolina poet Allison Hutchcraft, Pittsburgh fine artist Ben Matthews, Savannah, Ga., fine artist Kristin Myers and jazz composer Jack Wilkins of Tampa, Fla.
This year, the program received 137 applications in three categories: visual art, writing and at-large, which includes such disciplines as music composition, dance, indigenous arts and emerging technologies. Three separate panels with 14 total jurors — drawn from past program participants, community members, subject matter experts and park staff — reviewed applications on behalf of the superintendent.
Nationwide, more than 50 National Park Service sites host artist residency programs. At Acadia, in exchange for 14 nights of park-provided housing, each participant leads one public outreach activity and donates one finished artwork to the program collection. The art created by this group will display publicly for the first time in 2023, during which Acadia will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first artist residency in October 1993.
Acadia National Park’s next open call for applications for residency opportunities in 2023 will be from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2022. Learn more at go.nps.gov/AcadiaArt.