When the Statue of Liberty re-opens this summer after a year of renovations, she won’t be the only one living on the island. The National Park Service just rolled out its first-ever artist residency program, giving three to six artists the chance to have their work seen by the some three million visitors who swarm the monument annually.
Winners can choose a two, three, or four-week residency, which is a collaboration with New Jersey City University (who’ll offer free studio space and housing for the lucky victors). The guidelines for proposals, however, aren’t as lenient as one might imagine. According to the terms of the residency, all projects “must promote and celebrate the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty to visitors late in 2012.” There’s also no stipend provided.
But access to the Ellis Island museum and library and parts of the park that are normally off-limits to the public is a pretty sweet prize. Also, a jury of artists will select a few pieces produced during the residency to become part of the park’s permanent collection. Interested? Applications from sculptors, painters, and photographers are being accepted through May 21.