Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence Program

Now Taking Applications For 2020 Residency - All Department of Cultural Affairs museums and historic sites, including this facility, are temporarily closed to the public as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). These closures are part of the larger effort by state government to minimize public exposure. Please continue to visit this website for updates and to explore online resources and collections.


To partner with local and regional artists/scholars who are interested in sharing their ancestral connection with or contributing to the history of Fort Sumner Historic Site.


  • Artist/scholar will informally display art or scholarly work at the site during and at the conclusion of their stay.
  • Artist/scholar will be available to visitors and staff to talk about their work.
  • The site will announce these residencies and exhibits to the community.
  • A minimum of 1 public presentation a week is required that may include a demonstration, a talk, or a performance.
  • Artist/scholar is responsible for their own food, transportation, housekeeping, and telephone.
  • Cell service is dependent upon carrier: Verizon Wireless has full reception and AT&T and T-Mobile have limited reception.
  • Internet access is available at the nearby memorial.
  • Firearms control: Possession and use of firearms at the site is prohibited.
  • Pets are not allowed with artists while in residency unless they are service animals.
  • Unless authorized, field collecting of historical and/or archaeological artifacts at the site is prohibited.
  • Tools and equipment: historic site tools and equipment will not be loaned to the artist.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.
  • Ambulance and clinic services are available 4 miles from the site.
  • Artist may not sell their work while on-site, but may distribute contact information.


  • Artist/scholar lives at Fort Sumner Historic Site for up to two weeks and works on their composition(s) while at the site.
  • Program runs throughout the year.
  • Periods of residence will not exceed two weeks and must be scheduled in advance and at the convenience of the site schedule.  Residencies are for either one week or two week.

  • Artist’s/scholar’s work while in residence will have an emphasis on Fort Sumner Historic Site, but may include other themes/subjects such as their ancestral connection to the site, the “Long Walk” (to and from Fort Sumner), Churro Sheep, the Navajo culture, the Mescalero Apache culture, archaeology, genealogy, history, etc.
  • The artist/scholar and his/her work created on-site may be photographed by historic site staff for publicity and files and also by the public.  News media will also be permitted to photograph and interview the artist/scholar.
  • Artists/scholars are requested to donate one mutually agreed upon work created during their residency at Fort Sumner Historic Site.
  • Artists/scholars are expected to participate in one public event/activity for visitors, students, or community members during each week of residency and coordinated by Fort Sumner Historic Site staff.
  • The accepted art/scholarly work, will be catalogued into the site’s museum exhibits and/or archives.
  • Public display of the donated art/scholarly works from the Residency Program will be exhibited on a rotating schedule and shared with the public through various other means.


In return for the site-provided accommodations, participating artists/scholars are asked to donate to Fort Sumner Historic Site an original piece of art or scholarly work representative of their residency at the site.

Artists are also required to provide the copyright for this art/scholarly work to New Mexico Historic Sites.  New Mexico Historic Sites will accession and catalog the selected work into the site’s permanent museum collection/archives.  Art/scholarly work may be used in exhibits and for educational purposes by New Mexico Historic Sites, Fort Sumner Historic Site, and the Friends of the Bosque Redondo Memorial.

The artist/scholar retains a royalty-free, non-exclusive use license under the copyright of the art/scholarly work.  New Mexico Historic Sites owns the art/scholarly work and the rights to reproduce it.  Under those rights, the artist/scholar has a license to make use of the artwork for his or her purposes.  When the artist/scholar reproduces the art/scholarly work for his or her own purposes, publication information will include the language: “This art/scholarly work was produced under the Residency Program at Fort Sumner Historic Site.”

These creative works may be exhibited as frequently as possible and are shared with the public through other appropriate means.


Your accommodations will be in the adobe style brick home that was renovated in 2015. There are four rooms that include a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom/shower. There is ample storage for clothing. The building has gas heat, air conditioning, laundry services (a wahser/dryer combo) and electricity, the kitchen includes a full size oven, a microwave oven, a toaster oven, a refrigerator, a coffee pot, hot and cold running water, as well as basic amenities (plates, silverware, paper towels, etc.). Sleeping accommodations include a queen size bed (linens included). The bathroom includes a shower, sink, and toilet.

There is no television available and radio reception is limited. Groceries are available in town at Dave’s Grocery and the Dollar Store. There are restaurants available as well that include: Rodeo Grill, Dariland, and Sadie’s.

Space will be provided your studio dependent upon your needs in the Memorial space, which will allow for ample work space and ease of access to the public.


A honorarium of $1000 will be provided for the artist for each week of residency (two week maximum).


The program is intended for artists/scholars with professional credentials and legitimate standing within their respective communities.  Visual artists, musical composers, writers, historians, archaeologists, genealogists, may apply.


Complete the application for residency and submit it along with a sample of your art/scholarly work to the interpretive staff at Fort Sumner Historic Site for review.  Please submit your work via email or mail.  The submitted paper materials will not be returned to you.  The following formats are preferred: for two dimensional art, use JPG files; for music, use MP3 files; for motion picture images, use files that are readable with Microsoft Media Player; for the written word, provide Microsoft Word files or PDFs.  Although we prefer digital media, we will also accept hard copy photographs and printed materials for review.  You will be notified within two months of receipt of your application if you have been accepted to participate in the program.

The selection process will involve a panel drawn from varying fields of expertise including professional artists, educators, interpretive staff, curators, the Friends of the Bosque Redondo, and others interested in the program.  Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

Once you have been accepted in the program, additional detailed information will be provided to prepare you for your visit.