IOP Application and Guidelines                           

DEADLINE: October 31, 2015

NOTIFICATION: January 1, 2016


GRANT:  The IOP Grants Program is committed to providing in-kind support for up to nine artists to join us in a camp. The grant covers two nights camping and simple meals during each artist's stay.

GUIDELINES: IOP is looking for artists to join us at different places along an artist-led expedition beginning in (present-day) Yellowstone National Park, (the first USAmerican national park) and traveling along the 42nd parallel. The IOP camp will be an installation space, made of objects, performances and reading, soundscapes, and ephemera. When you leave camp, we ask that you loan a relic of your participation moving through the “thrilling landscapes” and thinking about the “second century of stewardship and engagement.”  

If selected, there is a $25 fee to participate. This $25 confirmation/registration fee helps to cover food and camping for 2 nights. Invited participants are expected to cover personal travel expenses to/from the site and park entrance fees.


  • Any individual artist or collaborative team may apply (visual arts, media arts, performing arts, writing, music, etc.)
  • Those that qualify for funding from the NPS/NEA “Imagine Your Parks” (nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government) may not apply. 
  • Artists over 35 years of age are highly encouraged to apply
  • Must be open to the uncanny and unexpected
  • Experience with basic camping (you will be required to provide your own gear including tent, warm sleeping bag, sleeping pad and travel mug)
  • No proof of citizenship required


To apply, please prepare the following items and submit via e-mail (  Unless specified, materials may be submitted in either MS doc or PDF format:

  • Application information (see below)
  • Resume/CV 
  • Work Samples (1-3 written samples, 6-8 images (JPEG, 72 dpi, and not to exceed 1500 x 1500 pixels)  or 5 minutes of video or sound (mov, mp4, mp3, aac, wav) -- interdisciplinary artists should combine as you see fit.
  • A correlating list of work, including title, media, dimension, and year 
  • Project Proposal (300-500 words)                

INFORMATION (please cut and paste below and include with project proposal)


Street Address:






Please briefly describe your camping experience (100 word max)

Apply to join us for one of the four sites listed below (please indicate order of preference)

  • Site 1: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (June 13-15)
  • Site 2: City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho (June 17-19) 
  • Site 3: Oregon Desert Trail (Southeast OR) (June 22-24) -- Please note: this site will have the least services and more extreme temperatures.
  • Site 4: Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, California (June 26-28)