Denali National Park and Preserve Seeking Artists-in-Residence
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists for the 2007 Artist-in-Residence Program. Entries will be accepted with postmarks dated November 15, 2006 through January 31, 2007. Notification of selection will be made by the end of March 2007. Application information is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence.htm or by contacting the Murie Science and Learning Center at (907) 683-9532 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.
Artists reside in the historic East Fork cabin, located 43 miles into the park, for 10-day periods from mid-June through mid-September. In return for their residency, artists agree to donate a piece of original art representative of their stay to the park for the benefit and enjoyment of all visitors. Artists also present at least one public program during their residency, which may take the form of a slide lecture, demonstration or workshop.
This is the sixth season for the program, which offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their work amidst Denali’s natural splendors. Many of the works created by artists during the previous five years were displayed in the Denali Visitor Center this past summer.
“We are excited to share with our visitors these marvelous works of art that were inspired by this special place,” said Superintendent Paul Anderson. “We look forward to providing additional artists with the opportunity to experience the park, and through their work, further enriching the experience of our visitors.”
The artists for 2006 were Eric Meyer, a wildlife artist from Arlington Heights, Illinois; fabric artist Ree Nancarrow of Denali Park, Alaska; Anna Marie Pavlik, a print maker from Austin, Texas and Sandy Stolle, a wood sculptor from Seward, Alaska. Other artists who have participated in the program are: Linda Beach of Chugiak, Alaska; Diane Bywaters from Wisconsin; Rachelle Dowdy of Anchorage, Alaska; David Moffett from Fairbanks, Alaska; Kevin Muente of Erlanger, Kentucky; Patricia Savage from Raleigh, North Carolina; John and Jona Van Zyle of Eagle River, Alaska; Rebecca Voris from Anchorage, Alaska, Rod Weagant from Haines, Alaska and Kesler Woodward of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Did You Know?
Denali is home to both black bears and grizzly (brown) bears. Black bears inhabit the forested areas of the park, while grizzly bears mainly live on the open tundra. Almost all bears seen by visitors along the Park Road are grizzlies.