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Denali National Park and Preserve Artist in Residence

Artist Residency
Deadline: September 30

Denali National Park and Preserve
Denali National Park, AK

As we celebrate Denali National Park and Preserve’s 100th birthday, the park has a refreshed commitment to embrace the next century of inspiration and conservation.  Denali is seeking a diverse suite of voices to help share the unique story of Denali through art, with an eye to the future as we ask applicants to focus on the subjects of sustainability, recycling, re-purposing or climate change. Alaska Native artists and artists between the ages of 16 and 25 are strongly encouraged to apply.The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to exploring new ways for visitors to experience Denali. From hundreds of competitive applications each year, about a half-dozen accomplished artists, writers, and composers are invited by the park superintendent to spend ten days in Denali at their own expense the following winter or summer. Visits include a permit for limited access along the Denali Park Road and time alone at a historic ranger patrol cabin.

Each participant volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors and to donate a finished work to the program collection. Artists are challenged to create works for visitors that convey a fresh and innovative perspective of Denali drawn from direct experience. With the welcome addition of several year-round gallery spaces beyond park boundaries, more of these donated works enjoy a larger life in the public eye.

Costs of program operations and collateral-duty staffing are supported by visitor entry fees. Costs of supplies for free outreach activities are provided by Alaska Geographic with funds derived from purchases at park bookstores.

The Residency Experience and Expectations:  All residents must provide their own transportation to and from the park, as well as any supplies, provisions, clothing, and outdoor gear for the duration of their stay. No stipend is provided. Each resident may bring one adult guest to stay within accommodations provided. Residents must have a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to drive according to prescribed “Rules of the Road.” Artists under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent/ guardian chaperone during their residency.


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