• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain


    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Artist-in-Residence Program

Art teacher and student by picnic table consider distant landscape
Winter artist Beau Carey leads an outdoor painting class in March 2014.
NPS Photo / Jay Elhard
Since 2002, more than 50 accomplished artists, writers, and composers have participated in the Artist-in-Residence program. Following a 10-day residency, each volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors and to donate one piece of art to the program collection. Artists are challenged to create pieces for vistors that offer a fresh and innovative perspective of the park drawn from their own experience.

Within the past year, the program has demonstrated a renewed commitment to providing expanded opportunities for artists, and for fostering greater interaction between artists and the visiting public. A new winter residency program was created, along with a new series of afternoon outreach activities throughout the summer in public areas outside the Denali Visitor Center. With the welcome addition of several new gallery spaces, more pieces in the program collection enjoy a larger life in the public eye.

With its next open call May 1 to Sept 30, 2015, the program will invite a new category of applications for an annual residency in music composition. The first selected composer will visit the park in 2016, and a composition that he or she donates is expected to be performed at the Denali Music Festival in 2017, as the park is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding as Mount McKinley National Park in 1917.


  • Watch two student documentary video interviews with Deborah Bouchette (Running time 03:39)
    and Trine Bumiller (Running time 01:48), both artists-in-residence during summer 2012

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