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Artist-in-Residence Program

Woman seated in snow paints a winter landscape

This woman was among 15 students to take part in a public outreach activity offered by Beau Carey, artist-in-residence in winter 2014.

NPS Photo / Jay Elhard

Applications accepted online
May 1 to Sept 30
for Artists-in-Residence in winter and summer 2015

If you're a professional artist or writer, you can Apply Now for a residency to share your experience of Denali through your art.

Eight selected for residencies in 2014

Denali's renowned Artist-in-Residence program will host five artists and three writers in 2014. There were a total of 258 applicants to the program, including 210 artists and 48 writers. Applications came from 38 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as eight countries – Belgium, Chile, England, France, Korea, Norway, Peru, and Singapore. The number falls at the upper end of a range between about 50 in 2008 to more than 300 reportedly received in 2011.

Since 2002, the park has hosted more than 45 artists and writers, and two invited composers. Plans are in place to begin inviting applications for music composition in 2015 for residencies beginning in 2016. Other disciplines, such as dance, drama, and new media, may be considered in subsequent years. All residents take part in a public outreach activity during their stays and eventually donate one piece of art to the program's permanent collection.

Carey and O’Donnell launch new winter program

In March 2014, one artist and one writer took part in 10-day winter residencies based at Park Headquarters. Each was able to spend three nights at the historic Savage Cabin near Mile 12.8 of the Denali Park Road. This expanded program opportunity, not announced previously, will now become a standing category for applications in subsequent years. It is intended both to raise public awareness of winter visitation opportunities in the park, and to increase the number of pieces that represent winter in the program’s permanent collection.

Beau Carey

Beau Carey, of Albuquerque, NM, recently returned from an international residency in Norway's Arctic Circle. He received an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2010 and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. He was a two-year resident artist at RedLine Denver and is co-founder of Denver's Tank Studios. Carey's paintings reflect a contemplative stance on place and its cultural implications. Vast surroundings, environments, and situations are conveyed in his landscape-based works through formalized compositions that focus on fundamental elements, sometimes reduced to the point of vertical or horizontal bands of color as reference to environmental components. Other times his work becomes fully representational pieces that examine the historical complexities found in individual sites. Visit his website.
Photography of writer Nicole Stellon O'Donnell

Nicole Stellon O'Donnell

Nicole Stellon O'Donnell is a poet and essayist who lives in Fairbanks, AK. Her novel-in-poems, Steam Laundry (Red Hen Press), won the 2013 WILLA Award in Poetry. Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Brevity, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Women's Review of Books, Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review and other journals. She is a winner of an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation and a Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Visit her website.
Six set for summer residencies at East Fork Cabin

Between June and August, four artists and two writers each will have 10-day residencies based at the East Fork Cabin near Milepost 43 of the Denali Park Road.

Photograph of writer Tom Sexton

Tom Sexton

Tom Sexton, of Anchorage, AK, is a former poet laureate of Alaska who has lived in the state for more than fifty years. He began the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1970 and retired in 1994. He is now professor emeritus of English. Most of Sexton's poetry can be considered nature poetry, but he is also the author of three collections about growing up in a decaying Massachusetts mill town and was the opening poet at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in 2011. Dean Young, writing in the New York Times, said of Sexton's latest book, I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets, "he revels in the natural: river otter and Arctic char, sedge wrens and yellow warblers, witch hazel and the wolves of Denali."
  • Sexton's public outreach activity is set for Thursday, June 19. Mark your calendar, and follow DenaliNPS on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and details.
Photography of artist Lorraine Bubar

Lorraine Bubar

Lorraine Bubar's interest in papercutting developed out of a love of traveling the world, hiking in its mountains, and a desire to honor its diverse cultures through an art form that crosses the boundaries of culture, art, and craft. Her papercuts capture the fragility and beauty of different environments with their intricate lacework of cut and layered papers. Before turning her energies to papercutting, she worked in the animation industry and as a studio arts instructor. She has exhibited her papercuts, watercolors, and mixed media artwork in numerous exhibits in the Los Angeles area, where she lives, and abroad. She is currently illustrating a children's book to be published in 2014. Visit her website.
  • Bubar's public outreach activity is set for Thursday, July 3. Mark your calendar, and follow DenaliNPS on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and details.
Photograph of artist George-Ann Bowers

George-Ann Bowers

Nature and its seemingly chaotic beauty inspire Berkeley, CA textile artist George-Ann Bowers. Weaving complex layers of warp and weft, she captures nature's magical mix of color, texture, pattern and structure, and exhibits her work throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Her weavings have appeared in Fiberarts magazine, the Surface Design Association Journal, and the recently-published volume Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoesser. She has completed residencies at Oregon's Crater Lake, Acadia National Park in Maine, and the Grand Canyon, and is excited to explore new territory around the 63rd parallel. Visit her website.
  • Bowers' public outreach activity is set for Thursday, July 17. Mark your calendar, and follow DenaliNPS on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and details.
Photograph of Angela Morales

Angela Morales

Angela Morales, of Los Angeles, CA, currently is working on a collection of personal essays about the intersection of wilderness and city, city living and solitude. She is also working on a project that explores children's perceptions of nature. She teaches composition and creative writing at Glendale Community College, and her essays have recently appeared in The Harvard Review, Southwest Review, The Southern Review,The Los Angeles Review, River Teeth, The California Prose Directory, Arts and Letters, and The Baltimore Review. Her essay "The Girls in My Town" was reprinted in Best American Essays, 2013 and her essay "Riding in the Dark" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's James Phelan prize for nonfiction manuscript-in-progress, Exhuming Abuelita, a family memoir.
  • Morales' public outreach activity is set for Thursday, July 31. Mark your calendar, and follow DenaliNPS on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and details.
Photograph of artist Linda Infante Lyons

Linda Infante Lyons

Linda Infante Lyons earned a degree in Biology from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA. and studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Vina del Mar, Chile. Her paintings are part of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center's Alaska Contemporary Artists collection and the Alaska State Council on the Art's Alaska Contemporary Art Bank. She has produced public art for the Anchorage 1% for Art program and was recently awarded the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Grant. She enjoys visiting remote Alaska villages with the Artist in Schools program, helping local children to create collaborative murals. Linda currently paints and teaches painting in her Mountain View studio in Anchorage, AK. Visit her website.
  • Lyons' public outreach activity is set for Thursday, August 14. Mark your calendar, and follow DenaliNPS on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and details.
Photograph of artist Charlotte Bird

Charlotte Bird

Time, process and change are persistent themes in Charlotte Bird's work. Patterns, shapes and lines in the natural world fascinate her. Lichens, mosses, ferns and fungi all produce organic structures that speak of the passage of time and the changing landscape over which we humans have much responsibility. Bird, of San Diego, CA, has been a full-time studio artist for more than twenty years. Her lifelong love affair with textiles has produced contemporary wall quilts, three-dimensional sculptures, and one of a kind artist's books. She dyes, prints and silkscreens her own fabrics. Her work is represented in both public and private collections around the country including hospitals and school settings. Visit her website.
  • Bird's public outreach activity is set for Thursday, August 28. Mark your calendar, and follow DenaliNPS on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and details.

  • 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

Did You Know?

eight caribou grazing on a hillside

Denali provides a special opportunity to study a large, intact and naturally-functioning ecosystem. Researchers can monitor climate change in Denali and contribute to larger-scale climate monitoring and management efforts.