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Three artists, two writers, and two composers will visit Denali National Park and Preserve in 2017 through its Artist-in-Residence program. Two of the residents will visit in March as part of a winter program. Five others will take part in a summer program between June and September.
Since 2002 more than 70 accomplished artists, writers, and composers have participated in the program. Following a 10-day residency, each artist leads a public outreach activity with visitors and donates a piece of artwork to the program collection. Residents are challenged to create pieces that offer visitors a fresh and innovative perspective of the park drawn from the artist’s experience. An online catalog of all works donated to the program collection is available at https://go.nps.gov/DenaliArt.
The call for applications for 2018 residencies will be May 1 to September 30, 2017. Learn more about the program
Participants for 2017 include:
- Jillian Youngbird is a hunter-gatherer, a story-teller, and a visual artist. Living between Ozarkian and Native worlds, Jillian uses found and recycled materials to create sculpture, installation and performative pieces that invite those in her environment to explore the intentions and inventions found in the communication of history, folklore and culture.
- Andrew C. Gottlieb lives and writes in Irvine, California, and is on the editorial board of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments. His writing—often focusing on the natural world and our place in it—has appeared in many anthologies and journals including American Fiction, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, The Fly Fish Journal, Orion, Poetry Northwest, Poets & Writers, Salon.com, saltfront, and Sugar House Review. He’s taught writing at the University of Washington, and Iowa State University, and has been writer-in-residence in a number of wilderness locations. When not writing he spends time with family or heads out fly fishing. Say hello at: www.andrewcgottlieb.com.
- James Temte expressed his passion for creativity in a variety of ways while growing up in Wyoming. Temte is a non-objective abstract artist residing in Anchorage Alaska. He is interested in the creative process and the balance between chaos and order. He is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and explores concepts relating to culture, humanity, identity and his love for nature. After leaving home for college he explored his interest in the life sciences, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology Fort Lewis College and later his master's degree in applied environmental science and technology University of Alaska Anchorage. Temte states: “As artists our task is to observe. To take in our surroundings and share what we see and feel with others. I receive inspiration from personal experiences, my ancestry, emotions, and the world around me. I love the challenge of sharing my journey through manipulating material and using nonconventional tools and techniques. For me, each piece starts with a vision, location or concept, and I create from there.”
- Susan Campbell moved to Fairbanks, Alaska twenty-seven years ago and found home. She has backpacked and paddled thousands of miles across the far north, including multiple traverses of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the western Brooks Range, and the northern coastal plain. Those wilderness adventures, along with excursions in the boreal forest around her home, inspire her work. Her poetry has appeared in PoetryALASKAwomen: Top of the World, Ice Floe II, Alaska Quarterly Review, and in a specially commissioned work for the Alaska Chamber Singers. After 30 dynamic years, she recently retired from teaching elementary school.
- New York native and artist Faith Revell lives remotely in Valdez, Alaska – a place of extremes that straddles the Chugach Mountains and the sea. Inspired by natural phenomena, human geography and movement, Revell’s abstract paintings and modern photographs exude a visceral, kinesthetic perspective on life unfolding. Revell received an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and BA from Binghamton University. She has exhibited widely on the East Coast and Midwest with her work found in private collections throughout the U.S. Revell directs the education program at the Valdez Museum and intermittently teaches fine arts at Prince William Sound College as UAA adjunct faculty. Curiosity and a love of learning are her inspiration.
- Stephen Wood is a composer, educator and performer with a holistic view of the world. His visionary “Inspiring Stewardship” educational workshop is receiving national interest for its fusion of music, creativity and environmental studies. Stephen has served as a Composer in Residence for Cumberland Island National Seashore, the Okefenokee N.W.R, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Red River Gorge Geological Area and has participated in Denali National Park’s monumental Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar. Wood’s compositions are regularly performed by professional and student ensembles in alternative performance venues and site specific environmental locations. He received his B.A.in Composition from Ohio State University and his M.M. in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.
- Josh Evert is a songwriter/composer/producer from Milwaukee, WI. He was previously the Artist-in-Residence at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, NE and ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) in Steuben, WI. His credits for soundtracks include Al Jazeera's Faultlines series, The Laura Flanders Show and various projects by independent filmmakers. Josh is the primary songwriter of The Fatty Acids, who put out their fourth studio album, Dogs of Entertainment, in February of 2017. He also co-founded Silver City Studios, an audio work space on Milwaukee's south side.
Displays of donated visual art are currently offered within the park at the Murie Science and Learning Center and Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, as well as Alaska Public Lands Center (APLIC) in downtown Anchorage and the Fairbanks Public Lands Center located in the Morris Thompson Visitors Center. During the summer visitor season, there are additional displays at the Denali Visitor Center and Eielson Visitor Center.