Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program offers professional writers, composers, musicians, two and three-dimensional visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, digital artists, and artisans of all types the opportunity to pursue their art in a premier wilderness setting; Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.

The artist accompanies park staff on a backcountry patrol. Patrols may accommodate the artist to a certain extent, but artists must be both physically fit enough to attempt such a journey and possess the skills and experience for extended, rigorous wilderness travel. Each year there is one Artist in Residence Patrol of 10 to 14 days. Residencies usually take place during the summer from July to Sept.

Collaborative projects are encouraged as are programs that coordinate with local schools and organizations.


To apply, artists must go to the Call For Entry website and set up a login profile. From there artists can find the call and apply for the program.

Application Tips

Selection Process

Resident Artists

For more information on the Artist in Residence program, email Gates of the Arctic or call (907) 692-5494.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726


(907) 692-5494
This is a summer seasonal phone that will be answered from June 1 - September 30, seven days a week. From October 1 to May 31, please contact the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Fairbanks, Alaska at (907) 459-3730.

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