Denali National Park and Preserve Artist-in-Residence, Winter and Summer 2015

A panel of artists, writers, and park personnel appointed by the superintendent reviews applications from professional artists annually. Selection is made on the basis of required entry materials, vision, new and innovative ways of responding to the park, and recognized accomplishment as demonstrated in those materials.

Each residency takes place during a ten-day period. Artists are responsible for their own food and transportation. No stipend is provided. Each artist may bring with him or her one adult guest for the length of the residency.

Between June and September, summer residents stay at the historic East Fork Cabin at Mile 43 on the Park Road. Winter residencies take place between late February and the end of March and are based primarily at Park Headquarters at Mile 3.4. Depending on weather and other circumstances, winter residents also may have an opportunity to stay several nights at one of the historic ranger patrol cabins along the first 20 miles of the Park Road.

Each artist is expected —

  • to donate one art piece to the park. The work may be selected for display at art galleries throughout the park, including the Denali Visitor Center, Eielson Visitor Center, Murie Science and Learning Center, and the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, as well as Alaska Public Lands Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Finished pieces should not be larger than 60 inches in any direction, and should not require the park to provide additional infrastructure or permanent installation. For pieces that have special considerations for display, storage, or transport, artists should provide appropriate frames, cases, or crates.
  • to offer at least one public outreach activity in the park entrance area on the final day of the residency. Artists and writers may choose between giving a demonstration, workshop activity, or lecture-style presentation.

All finished pieces are due at the park by Dec. 31 of the calendar year in which a residency takes place.


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