The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to exploring new ways for visitors to experience Denali. From hundreds of competitive applications each year, about a half-dozen accomplished artists, writers, and composers are invited by the park superintendent to spend time at a historic ranger cabin in Denali at their own expense the following summer. Visits also include a permit for limited driving access along the park road.
During their residency, each participant is required to lead a public outreach activity with visitors. Visitors enjoy sharing hands on activities and time with our artists, and in turn find unique ways to connect with Denali on a more personal level. Artists may choose to donate finished work to the park, however, due to lack of appropriate storage and display locations, the park prefers digital and performance based donations. Artists are challenged to create artwork and / or activities for visitors that offer a fresh and innovative perspective drawn from their own experience.
Several year round gallery spaces beyond park boundaries allow the opportunity for many donated works to enjoy some time in the public eye. Our digital gallery is enjoyed by many who visit us by website long before or after their actual trip in the park
Costs of program operations and collateral-duty staffing are supported by visitor entry fees. Costs of supplies for free outreach activities are provided by Alaska Geographic with funds derived from purchases at park bookstores.