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, of West Lafayette, IN, is a poet whose eight collections include the recent Cadaver, Speak and The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2014, 2011). She's also written two essay collections about poetry, and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, London Review of Books, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She's been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and artist residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center (Italy) and at Isle Royale National Park. Boruch was a Fulbright/Visiting Professor in 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland though usually she teaches in Purdue University's MFA program which she established in 1987. Much of her work concerns the natural world, especially her Kinsgley-Tufts award winning The Book of Hours, the fierce and mysterious nature of that world and our troubling human place in it.
, of Oakland, CA, engages communities worldwide with an ongoing, participatory community arts project, "Snow Drawings." She graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany and received a masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. She has won numerous artist residencies, including the Bemis Center in Omaha, Djerassi in California, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, Valparaiso in Spain, Fiskars in Finland, and Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan. Her exhibitions include the DePaul Museum in Chicago, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Saarlaendisches Kuenstlerhaus in Germany, Organhaus in Chongqing, China.
is a poet and essayist who has lived in Alaska since 1973 and Fairbanks since 1981. He has taught philosophy at the University of Alaska, Purdue University, the College of Wooster. He fished commercially in Cook Inlet for thirty years, and worked at various times as a tradesman. He's traveled a lot by thumb, car, motorcycle and bicycle over the past 50 years, activities that have resulted in a lot of travel and journal writing. His poems are grounded in the world, in season and place and go on from there to consider the timeless human nature we share. A book of travel recollections and ruminations is presently ready for publication.
, of Emeryville, CA, strongly believes in capturing photographs that articulate that humans are not separate from nature. A TED Talks Senior Fellow and Stanford Knight Fellow, her photographs have been featured in National Geographic and TIME magazines. She has a bachelor's degree in the fine arts photography from the State University of New York at Purchase. She has won several photography awards, including a National Geographic Award and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award. In 2008, Seaman was honored with a solo exhibit, "The Last Iceberg," at the National Academy of Sciences. Seaman advocates the importance of recognizing the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings.
Yelizaveta P. Renfro
Yelizaveta P. Renfro, of West Hartford, CT, is the author of a collection of essays, Xylotheque,available from the University of New Mexico Press, and a collection of short stories, A Catalogue of Everything in the World, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, North American Review, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review, Witness, Reader's Digest, Blue Mesa Review, Parcel, Adanna, Fourth River, Bayou Magazine, Untamed Ink, So to Speak, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska. Currently a resident of Connecticut, she's also lived in California, Virginia, and Nebraska. Visit her website.
, of Cordova, AK, grew up in Maine and graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1976. He moved to Alaska in 1977 and has lived in Cordova ever since. From 1989 to 1999, he spent four austral winters and six austral summers down on the ice. He was a participant in the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writer Program for a summer and winter at McMurdo Station, and a winter at Palmer Station, and worked for a NSF contractor for two winters and five summers. He spent three months in 2004 at Summit Camp on the Greenland Icecap as a science tech and painted in his spare time. He continues to travel around Alaska and the Arctic to pursue his interest in high latitude landscapes.
, of Los Angeles, CA, earned a BFA Cum Laude from Art Center College of Design in 2004. His work has been displayed at the Hammer Museum, and acquired by The Houston Museum of Contemporary Art and the Portland Art Museum. His landscapes reflect the subtle friction between urban development and nature. Evoking the fragility of our environments, his medium of choice is graphite, a natural mineral, resin, a byproduct of plant materials, and mylar, a manufactured film, through which he accomplishes ethereal artworks with a sense of depth. Some of these pieces are cast in vintage medicine tins and corroded pipe-ends, lending an intimate quality to the works.
, 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
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
, 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."
'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
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
, 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.
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
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
2013 Artists and Writer
NPS Photo / Charlotte Bodak
is a woodturner and sculptor who incorporates mineral crystals into his designs. This unique style of artwork has earned him many awards including recognition by Southwest Art magazine as the most innovative wood artist in 2007. He has also been featured in many other books and magazines, including most recently "100 Northwest Artists." Stephen's work is found in numerous private, corporate, and institution collections around the world. Trained in electrical engineering and mathematics, Stephen was an entrepreneur in the Seattle, WA area for 25 years designing cuttingedge satellite communications equipment. Retiring from the field in 2002, he pursued his love of art which draws inspiration from the natural beauty and cultural aspects of the Pacific Rim. The residency in Denali was deeply inspirational on many fronts and has lead to entirely new lines of artistic exploration. Visit his website
Wendy Klemperer is a sculptor known primarily for her large scale steel pieces of animals in motion, many of which are installed in permanent locations across the country. She earned a bachelor's in biochemistry at Harvard before moving to New York City to pursue art full time, earning a B.F.A. in sculpture at Pratt Institute in 1983. She has had residencies from the Skowhegan School, MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sculpture Space in Utica, Denali National Park, and SIAS University in Xinzheng,China. She has exhibited often in New York City and throughout the United States, including installations at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY, the Bridgewater-Lustberg Gallery, NY, The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln MA, and Pratt Institute Sculpture Park in Brooklyn. She has had several comprehensive solo shows organized by June LaCombe/SCULPTURE throughout Maine. Her residency at Denali was fruitful. She travelled the length of the Park Road observing the behavior of animals moving and interacting freely in the vast landscape of the park. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and Nelson, NH.
Visit her website
Kathleen Dean Moore
is a nature writer and environmental philosopher, best known for books set on the edge of water – Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. In new work, she turns to the moral urgency of climate action: Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril; “If Your House is on Fire,” SUN magazine; and other pieces. Moore is Distinguished Professor emerita at Oregon State University, co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, and a member of the Board of Directors of Orion magazine. She travels widely to speak about ethics and climate change. At the edge of the East Fork of the Toklat River in Denali, Moore thought and wrote about change. Visit her website
NPS Photo / Alex VanDerStuyf
2012 Artists and Writers
is exploring philosophy as a parallel to art and art as a parallax for philosophy while she pursues her PhD at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (Portland, Maine). Visit her website.
is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited nationwide, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Las Cruces Museum of Art and the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Grants include: Colorado Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship Award, Grants to Artists and Organizations Award, and Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, artltd., ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, the Christian Science Monitor, the Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News. Trine has attended residencies at Yaddo and Denali National Park. Trine has completed public art commissions for the City and County of Denver and the University of Colorado. Private collections include the Four Seasons, HSBC, AT&T, Hewlett Packard, Century Link, the University of Iowa and Denver Children’s Hospital. She is represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Zg Gallery in Chicago. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Visit her website
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is author of The Heart of the Sound, co-author of Among Wolves, and co-editor of Crosscurrents North. Pushcart-prize nominee, her essays, poems, and articles have appeared in dozens of journals, magazines, and anthologies, among them Orion, Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, Literary Mama, North American Review, AQR, The Future of Nature, and on National Public Radio. She has taught creative writing and women’s studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and writes for nonprofits on environmental issues, from polar bears to oil spills. She writes a blog called Art and Nature
. A North Carolina transplant, she has lived in Alaska for more than 25 years. Visit her website
is a studio jewelry maker/sculptor living in Homer, Alaska. She studied and received her degree in landscape architecture from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, with the intention of better integrating human built environments within their respective surrounding natural landscapes. She worked in this capacity in Colorado for many years Today her artwork is inspired by her continued deep connection with Nature and her on going advocacy for the natural environment. Her work is in the collections of the Anchorage Museum and the Pratt Museum in Homer. It has been shown across the country in museums, galleries and publications in her ongoing advocacy for the beauty and importance of the complexly interconnected natural systems which we all depend upon.
is the author of Listening Hard Among the Birches, a collection of poetry published in 2002 by Vanessa Press, Fairbanks, Alaska. Her poetry has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions, including an Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park in 2012, a Rasmuson Individual Artist Project Award in 2007, and an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts in 1984. She is the winner of the Midnight Sun, Fejés, and Anchorage Daily News-UAA prizes for poetry. Linda’s poems have been set to music in three song cycles, one of which, Poem Against the Cold, by British composer Corey Field, was performed at Carnegie Hall. A retired biologist and elementary school teacher, and an active master gardener, Linda lives near Fairbanks, Alaska.
NPS Photo / Sean Proctor
2011 Artists, Writer, and Composer
Marian Berger-Mahoney is a painter from Volcano, Hawaii. Currently she is concluding a three year project for the San Diego Zoological society illustrating a book entitled "Living Endemic Birds of Hawaii ". She grew up camping, hiking, and horseback riding in Alaska and in the early seventies studied red foxes residing at the East Fork Cabin. She is planning to create two-dimensional pieces that are representational close-ups, such as the inner beauty of a wildflower.Visit her website.
Mark Wedekind is a woodworker/ furniture maker from Anchorage, Alaska . He has received several commissions, including 14 original benches installed at the John Butrovich Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. While he uses traditional techniques to create his art, and the physical work is completed inside his shop, his inspiration comes from spending time in the earth's wild places.
Gina Hollomon is a studio clay artist from Anchorage, Alaska who has a background in biology. She has created several installations including life-size flocks of sandhill cranes, pintails, and Canada geese appearing to fly in one window, up a staircase, and out another window at the Nordale Elementary School in Fairbanks . She has gained inspiration from her volunteer work with the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage , and is looking forward to absorbing and observing the natural rhythms of Denali.
Carolyn Kremers writes literary nonfiction and poetry, and teaches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her books include "Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup'ik Eskimo Village" and "The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North." Essays and poems of hers have been broadcast on public radio and have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies. During her residency she hopes to reflect on her 30-year relationship with the park and to explore past and present interactions between humans, animals, plants, climate, weather, and change. Visit her website.
Over the past few years, Stephen Lias
has become increasingly focused on his activities as an adventurer-composer. His passion for wilderness and outdoor pursuits has led to a growing series of works about the national parks of the US. He has had residencies at Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and has written over a dozen park-related pieces that have been premiered at conferences and festivals in such places as Colorado, Texas, Sydney, and Taiwan. His recent composition, “The Ghosts of Mesa Verde”, was premiered at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, and upcoming world premiere performances include “Kennecott” with the SFA Wind Ensemble, “Range of Light” with saxophonist Nathan Nabb, and “Gates of the Arctic” with the Boulder Philharmonic. He is the founder and leader of Alaska Geographic's annual "Composing in the Wilderness" field seminar, now in its third year. Stephen Lias’s compositions are regularly performed throughout the United States and abroad by soloists and ensembles including The Louisiana Sinfonietta, XPlorium Ensemble, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. He currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas where he is Professor of Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University.
2010 Artists and Writer
Harlan W. Butt
is a metalsmith from Denton, Texas. Harlan's unique enamel and silver vessels are inspired by a love of nature and poetry. He is a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he has taught since 1976. He is past President of the Enamelist Society and a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. His work has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and throughout the United States. He has spent time studying in Japan, including a year working in the studio of master metalsmith Shumei Tanaka and at the Biso Cloisonne Company, both in Kyoto. Visit his website
is a sculptor from Cincinnati, Ohio. Richard's sculptures have a whimsical, humor-based aesthestic and are often made out of wood, bronze and paint. Richard received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Photography in 1994 and a Master of Arts in Studio Arts in 1998 at Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Thereafter, he pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture in 2001 at University of Cincinnati. His artwork focuses on two points of interest; the narrative, such as telling stories relating of the past, future, biological or psychological. His second point of interest, focuses on the use or abuse of the English language, specifically how language becomes repetitive, negative and sometimes humorous. He is currently represented by Sandra Small Gallery in Covington, Kentucky.
is a mixed media artist often working in drawings, paintings, prints, and installations. Her work documents her experience of the intersection of nature and the ideologies that frame our cultural understanding of the natural world. She examines the relationships people have with wild and domestic animals and see her art as a diagram of these narratives. Kirsten is currently the gallery director of the Visual Arts Center at Boise State University. She is also an art department faculty member at Boise State teaching a variety of studio arts. Grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boise Weekly helped to fund the residency and the work that followed. Visit her website.
, Alaska’s Writer Laureate (2008-10), holds a liberal arts degree from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vermont College. In addition to being an independent writer based in Homer, she fished commercially for many years and has, more recently, worked as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships. She is the author of three short fiction collections (most recently The Man Who Swam with Beavers, Coffee House Press, 2001) and four books of literary nonfiction (most recently Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life, University of Nebraska Press, 2009.) She teaches part-time at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College and in the low-residency graduate writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her awards include fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and residencies at a number of artist communities. Visit her website.
Pages from the East Fork Cabin journal
NPS Photo / Neil Blake
2009 Artists and Writer
Bill Brody is an artist and printmaker who obtains inspiration for his work from the wilderness landscapes that he has been able to explore over the years. The sketches, journals, and photographs he makes during his explorations are source materials for paintings, prints, and very large-scale works on forged and carved copper and bronze. He is a professor emeritus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Art Department, and he is known for his innovative work on the Body Language User Interface (BLUI) project at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at UAF. Visit his website.
The work of fiber artist Karin Franzen is widely known and she has been in several important international and national exhibitions, including “Quilt Visions 2008: Contemporary Expressions", "“Quilts of the Pacific Rim”, and “Made in Alaska”. Her work revolves around one of her favorite subjects, the birds of Alaska. Franzen uses the skills honed over a lifetime: drawing, mathematics, structural design, sewing, an understanding of biology, and business acumen to create her work. Visit her website.
John Morgan was invited to be Denali’s first Writer-in-Residence, which expands the Artist-in-Residence program at Denali to include non-visual media. He moved with his family to Fairbanks in 1976, where he teaches in the graduate Creative Writing program at the University of Alaska. He has published three books of poetry, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and in many other magazines and anthologies. Visit his website.
Long time Alaska painter Gail Niebrugge is known throughout the world for her use of pointillism, small-dot like strokes, in her work. A five time winner in the National Diabetes Association’s Holiday Art Search, Niebrugge’s artwork has appeared on hundreds of thousands of Christmas cards sold nationwide to benefit diabetes research. She has completed seven major public commissions in Alaska, including a ten panel multi-dimensional artwork for the U.S. Customs in Skagway. She was the first artist-in-residence for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and is the author of “Gail Niebrugge’s Alaska Wildflowers”, a book about her thirty-three years of work focused entirely on Alaska. Visit her website.
Sukey Bryan uses her oil paintings to explore the interaction and transformation of natural elements and cycles propelled by tidal, climatic, volcanic, and tectonic forces. She has a particular interest in the taiga, and tundra ecosystems, the flow of water across the varied terrain, and the climatic cycles of the land and flora. Visit her website.
Melanie Mowinski is a paper and book artist who explores patterns in time and nature through documentation and collaborations. Visit her website.
Ron Senungetuk, a sculptor and silversmith whose work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, was invited to participate in the program by the National Park Service. He works primarily in wood and metal and is known for his abstractions of animal figures. Senungetuk was born in the village of Wales on the Seward Peninsula, and has spent most of his life in Alaska. A Fullbright scholar, he has received many distinguished honors and awards, including the Governor’s Award from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Visit his website.
Sara Tabbert is a printmaker who has expanded the range of materials she works with to include carved wood, plastic, glass and mosaic tile. Her artwork comes out of her interest in the endless variety of the natural world. She has a long standing love for Denali, which she explored during her summers as a seasonal employee. Visit her website.
Janice Kasper is a painter who uses oil paints to provide poignant and whimsical portraits of wildlife and their environments. Her work reflects her passion for habitat conservation, but she also strives to provide fun and introspective images for her viewers. Visit her website.
Sheila King has been making baskets for over thirty years, and has taught basketry for twenty years. She draws inspiration for her intricate baskets from natural shapes and colors.
David King is a wildlife and natural landscape artist who works with watercolors. Retirement from a dental practice now affords him the time to explore areas and paint scenery and wildlife throughout the summer months.
Margo Klass is a student of aesthetic space who creatively uses light to produce sculptural boxes. She studied Northern Renaissance artists for their use of spaces receding into the distance, and she has been influenced by the interior spaces and exterior landscapes of Japanese temples. Visit her website.
Eric Meyer on the porch of the East Fork Cabin
Eric Meyer is a wildlife artist who works with oils. He has painted mostly fall landscapes on his previous trips to Denali, and is looking forward to expanding his work to include the lush, green landscapes of summer.
Ree Nancarrow is a quilt artist who has lived in the Denali Park area for over forty years. She chose quilting as her medium of choice in the early 1990’s because it provided an enormous variety of scale, color and texture. She dyes or paints most of her fabrics, but also stamps, stencils, silk-screens and elaborately quilts them.
Anna Marie Pavlik creates prints by using foam plates that have been indented with pens, pointed tools or textured objects. She uses her commitment to print making to encourage others to let nature be a presence in their lives.
Sandy Stolle is a wood sculptor who lived in the bush of the Northwest Alaska for twelve years before relocating to the rainforest, mountains and waters of Seward a decade and a half ago. She gains inspiration from the power and beauty of Alaskan environments. Visit her website.
Linda Beach is a fiber artist who draws inspiration for her intricately pieced art quilts from her love of nature. Her work is in numerous private collections as well as public installations across the country. She is the recipient of several awards and has also been the Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain, Acadia and Mesa Verde National Parks. Visit her website.
Kevin Muente is a landscape painter who saw a change in his spirit and his artwork when he first experienced the powerful landscapes and large spaces of the western United States. He feels that coming to Denali is the next step in his development as an artist and seeks to share the sense of awe he has felt in these places with others through his work. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Painting at Northern Kentucky University. Visit his website.
Rod Weagant is a plein air, or “on location” landscape painter, who has spent the last 25 years trying to communicate the wonder and emotions he feels when surrounded by the natural world. He travels the Yukon, Alaska and the western United States painting and conducting workshops. He has had over 30 one-man exhibitions and has participated in numerous group shows. Visit his website.
NPS Photo by Carol Harding
Diane Canfield Bywaters is a landscape painter with over 26 years of experience of “on location” painting. She is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin. She has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad to paint dramatic landscapes to raise the environmental awareness of the viewer. She has been an artist-in-residence at several national parks, including Rocky Mountain, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Acadia, Hawaii Volcanoes, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Isle Royale, Glacier and Voyageurs. Visit her website.
Patricia Savage is a painter who is passionate about wild places and the species that inhabit them. She bridges the gap between science and fine art by portraying accurate biological relationships in her compositions. She has visited Alaska twice previously, and on one of the trips was the natural history artist for a four-week coastal cruise retracing the 1899 Harriman Expedition. Visit her website.
Jon Van Zyle and Jona Van Zyle came as a team, each bringing a variety of experience to this program. Jon has spent over 30 years in Alaska, and is well known for his paintings, prints and posters depicting the state’s beauty. He completed the Iditarod twice and in 1979 was made the official Iditarod artist, a title he still holds today. Besides creating the annual Iditarod poster, he produces numerous paintings each year for one man exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Jona’s interests include ceramics, metal casting and graphic design. She honed her sewing skills working as a sailmaker and currently works with leather and beads to combine traditional clothing ideas with a humorous Alaskan twist. She has designed logos for the Fur Rendezvous and the Jr. Iditarod Race. She has over 20 years of experience working with huskies, and has written and illustrated many articles about dog history and training for a variety of publications. Visit their website.
• Rachelle Dowdy
Rachelle Dowdy, a sculptor, is currently the Artist in Residence with the Artist in the Schools Program in Fairbanks, working with students from elementary age through high school. She gets ideas through her experiences and observations, and sees her work as a reflection of human relationships to Alaska’s landscape. She has had solo exhibitions in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Homer. Visit her website.
• David Mollett
David Mollett is well-known for his brightly-colored paintings of the dramatic scenery of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and areas in and around Denali National Park. He owns the Well Street Art Company, a contemporary art gallery in Fairbanks and was the 2002 guest curator at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. He has had solo shows throughout Alaska and his work is included in all of the state’s public art collections. Visit his website.
• Rebecca Voris
Rebecca Voris is a weaver who draws with yarn and paints with dye directly on the loom while composing an image. Her work has been exhibited in Anchorage and Fairbanks and is in the collections of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
Photo courtesy Missy Woodward
• Kesler Woodward
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. An Alaska resident since 1977, 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. Kesler serves as the program adviser for the Denali Artist-in-Residence program and chairs the artist selection committee. In 2004 he received the first Alaska Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and in 2012 he was awarded the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Alaskan Artist Fellowship. Visit his website.