A sculpture of a Catfish made from trash taken from Walnut Creek

Artist Call: Artist in Residence at Nature Preserves

A Public Art Project in collaboration with Raleigh Arts, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and Natural Resources

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Image Above: Nyssa Collins, Jaclyn Bowie, and Anna Wagner, Carolina Madtom, sculpture from objects that were cleaned out of local creeks and wetlands, temporary project at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center

Project Overview


  • A one year Artist Residency focused on City of Raleigh Nature Preserves: Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve, and Durant Nature Preserve.
  • Artists interested in environmental art, land art, environmental stewardship, working with natural materials, and sustainable practices are encouraged to apply.
  • Create semi-permanent artworks at the Nature Preserves.
  • Organize a minimum of 6 community events/classes.
  • Meet every other week with City Nature Preserve staff.
  • On site studio space provided by the city with the possibility of open studio hours. (This residency does NOT include housing.)
  • Opportunities to engage with Raleigh Coopera ng Colleges and the North Carolina Museum of Art for additonal compensation. (For example, workshops or teaching studio classes at local colleges.)
  • $55,000 budget for artwork fabrication, supplies for community events, and artist stipend.
  • Up to three semi-finalists will be selected to interview and paid a $100 honorarium.
  • Deadline to apply: February 19, 2023
  • Read the complete artist call document
  • Apply Online


  1. This opportunity is open to individuals and teams who live or work in North Carolina.
  2. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and have unexpired documents that establish employment eligibility. 
  3. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 
  4. Applicants must have at least a three-year history of professional practice. 
  5. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in design through the creation of high-quality work. 
  6. Lead applicant cannot be enrolled in an undergraduate course of study in visual arts as of January 1, 2020.

Project Details

The City of Raleigh parks system includes four nature preserves, Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park, Durant Nature Preserve, and Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve. Learn more about the Nature Parks, Preserves, and Programs.

Parks staff and directors would like to incorporate art elements that enhance the natural beauty of the parks and promote the mission of preserving wild flora and fauna. The Nature Preserves Artist in Residence is encouraged to explore ecologically focused art forms. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, environmental art, land art, environmental stewardship, working with natural materials, and sustainable practices.

Public Art Goals & Opportunities

Artwork should inspire residents to visit the nature preserves and continue the mission of the nature preserves as sites to connect people and nature through experiences, education, and conservation.

Responsibilities of the artist in residence include:
  • Meet every other week with a dedicated staff member from the Nature Preserves.
  • Create semi-permanent artworks at the Nature Preserves.
  • Possibility to create interpretive signage and exhibits at nature preserves.
  • Plan and hold a minimum of 6 events or classes at the nature preserves. These can include workshops, community artwork construction, teaching about nature through art, and/or additional opportunities.
  • Spend about 10 hours per week on residency duties.
  • The Artist will be expected within the first two months to prepare a plan with a budget for creating artworks, workshops, engagement opportunities, and artist stipend. The Artist proposal for residency funding and milestones will be approved by the Public Art and Design board.
  • There are opportunities to engage with Raleigh Cooperating Colleages and the North Carolina Museum of Art for additional compensation. (For example, workshops or teaching studio classes at local colleges.)
The City will provide: 
  • A dedicated staff member from Raleigh Arts and from Nature preserves to meet with the artist once per week.
  • $1,500 per month s pend with additional funds provided as residency milestones are met.
  • There is the potential for studio space at the Nature Preserves.
  • The Artist is invited to gather artmaking materials at the preserves- as long as the gathering of materials is not disruptive to native flora and fauna. (For example, gathering invasive species to use in an art exhibit would be okay).
  • This residency does NOT include housing.

Read the complete artist call document to learn about the timeline, selection process, and more. 


All materials must be received by February 19, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST Incomplete or late submittals will not be considered. 


$55,000 one-year residency budget includes the following:

Artwork Fabrication and Events

  • Fabrication of semi-permanent artworks at the Nature Preserves
  • Supplies and costs for community events/classes
  • Permittng, travel, taxes, and fees.

Artist Stipend

  • $1,500 per month stipend with additional funds provided as residency milestones met
  • Approximately 10 hours of work per week
  • Artwork concept and final designs
  • Meeting every other week with city staff
  • Possible open-studio hours on site
  • Community engagement events planning and implementation
  • Travel, taxes and fees.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials online:

  1. Statement of Interest
    A statement outlining your interest in this residency and your experience working on public art projects or relevant art experience. Include how your work and experience will complement this residency.
    1. You can submit this information as either a 500-word (or less) statement outlining your project idea or a two-minute or less audio or video clip. We will only play the first two minutes of audio for the panel.
  2. Biography
    A biography of no more than one page that includes information regarding your practice, experience, and education. If applying as a team, submit a single file containing separate biographies for each team member.
  3. Three Professional References
    Contact information for three references should be submitted, including name, title and affiliation, phone number, and email address. References should be able to speak to your ability to provide services for a public art project or artwork of similar scope.
  4. Previous Work, Digital Images
    Eight digital images of recent previous work (created within the past ten years). Each image should include the image number, artist’s name, title, year, media, location, project budget, dimensions, commissioning agency, and collaborators or design professionals (if applicable).

Fill out the online application


Read the complete artist call document or contact Jenn Hales, Public Art Coordinator, Raleigh Arts, at jenn.hales@raleighnc.gov.



Jenn Hales
Public Art Coordinator, Raleigh Arts

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