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Program Application

Applications are accepted only through an online process hosted by CaFÉ ( Visual artists and writers please apply. Entries are accepted each year from May 1 through September 30 for residencies during the winter and summer of the following year. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Selection Process

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.

Application Materials

Visual Artists

The application requires:

• Six images
• Artist statement
• Artist resume
• Image list


The application requires:

• Writing sample: one page, 12-point font, single space, saved as a PDF document. Poetry may be presented in multiple columns, but may not exceed a single page. Pages scanned from published works that are designed to different specifications will not be considered.
• Writer statement

• Writer resume


Program Overview

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.

Program Advisers

  • Kesler Woodward, the park's first Artist-in-Residence, has painted Alaska and the circumpolar North, from Hudson Bay in Canada to the Bering Strait and Siberia, for more than 35 years. He has been an Alaska resident since 1977, and his work is included in all major public collections in Alaska and in museum collections on both coasts of the United States. He is Professor of Art, Emeritus, at the University of Alaska, where he taught painting for twenty years before retiring to paint full time in 2000. Woodward serves as the adviser and on the selection committee for the visual arts program.

  • Tom Walker, the author of more than a dozen books centered on Alaska, has lived in Alaska for almost 45 years. His two-volume history of McKinley Park (1902-1930 era) took almost 30 years to complete. He has won awards for both his photography and his volunteer work with Alaska wildlife issues. Walker serves as the adviser and on the selection committee for the writing program.

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