Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site

Artist in "Their" Residence

Artist in Their Residence Program

Now Closed

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bosque Redondo Memorial has the wonderful opportunity to work with so many indigenous communities from Arizona and New Mexico.  Currently, the grant cycle has been fulfilled.  As new funds become available, the program will be renewed.  We thank all those who have participated in the last five years.


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


  • Artist/scholar will provide an art piece or scholarly work to remain at BRM.
  • Artist/scholar will be available to visitors and staff for at least one Facebook Live event per week
  • The site will announce these residencies and exhibits to the community.
  • The artist or scholar will film themselves working on the art work or a filmed discussion about the scholarly work
  • The film will be edited by BRM staff to be showcased on a Facebook premier where the artist or scholar discusses their work with BRM moderator and audience
    • The film must be submitted no later than Wednesday during the week of your residency.


  • Artist/scholar lives in his/her own residence for one or two weeks
  • 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. 
  • 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. NM Native American history as associated with conflict due to colonialism. 
  • 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 during this time, it will be a Facebook premier of the filmed work
  • 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.


During normal times, we provide a residence on site.  But this program is artists in their own residence.  However, if an artist does require technologial support in order to produce a film as required, please let us know when applying as we will provide some equipment upon request.


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 you will also be required to provide a portfolio or examples of your art work or scholarly work after completing application to the inpretive staff at Fort Sumner Historic Site for review.  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 contacted after you sumbit your application to direct you to how to submit your portfolio.  We will let you know as quickly as possible if you are accepted.  Keep in mind that the artist in their residence is an adaption resulting from Covid 19.

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.