Denali National Park and Preserve Seeking Artists-in-Residence for 2010
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists for the 2010 Artist-in-Residence Program. A link to the online application and more information about the program is available at arts.alaskageographic.org. Applications for the 2010 season must be submitted by October 31, 2009. Notification letters will be sent out on November 30, 2009.
Artists reside in the historic East Fork cabin, located 43 miles into the park, for a ten day period between June and mid-September. In return for their residency, each artist donates a piece of artwork to the park’s art collection that was inspired by their time in the park. Artists also offer a public presentation for visitors at the end of their residency. Many of the works created by artists-in-residence from previous years are on display in the Denali Visitor Center and the Eielson Visitor Center.
The Artist-in-Residence program is a national program that enables established artists to reside in a park while they create park-related art. Artists have played a significant role in raising public awareness of the natural wonders preserved within the National Park System and the need for their protection since the creation of Yellowstone, the first national park.
Denali’s program is organized and coordinated by Alaska Geographic, the nonprofit partner for Denali National Park and Preserve, which also manages the park’s bookstores and jointly operates the Murie Science and Learning Center. The 2010 season will be the ninth year for the program in Denali.
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.