curly haired man paints at easel by creek
Artist-in-Residence painting en plein air

NPS/Tom Gray

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. The program seeks professional artists whose work is related to the park’s interpretative themes and supports the mission of the National Park Service.
Glacier National Park’s Interpretive Themes:

  • The geologic features of Glacier National Park combine natural beauty, examples of mountain building, and the effects of glaciation, revealing many chapters in the history of the Earth.
  • Glacier National Park offers a variety of wilderness experiences that provide the challenges and rewards of encountering nature on its own terms while conveying the necessity of stewardship for the land.
  • Glacier National Park's designation as part of the world's first International Peace Park celebrates on-going peace, cooperation, and goodwill between two nations, and symbolizes the ideal of peace among all nations.
  • Glacier's cultural resources chronicle the evolving history of human activities, interactions, and experiences in the American west that reveal changes in societal attitudes about land and its uses.
  • The enduring connection between the Blackfeet, Salish, and Kootenai peoples and the landscape and resources of the area known as Glacier National Park is reflected through their history, traditions, language, and contemporary values.
  • The establishment of Glacier National Park and its geographic location has enabled its ecological processes and biological diversity to survive relatively intact in a rapidly changing and encroaching world.

Mission of the National Park Service:
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
The Artist-in-Residence program continues a long history of Arts in the Parks.

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Artist-in-Residence Cabin



The artists selected for June, July and September will be given rent-free use of a furnished cabin on the shores of Lake McDonald. This cabin is rustic with no cell phone service or internet. The artist selected for October will be given rent-free use of a furnished house in the park headquarters area located in West Glacier. Basic cooking equipment and bedding is provided. This housing is only available for the artist. Family members, significant others and friends will not be allowed to stay with the artist in the house.

Public Programs

The willingness to share your experience with others is a key component of the Artist-in-Residence program. During their residency the artists shall present three public programs. These programs can be lectures, workshops, demonstrations, performances, film screenings or guided walks, but should represent the artist's work and experience.

Upon returning home the artist is encouraged to present one public program to share the experience with their local community. This program should focus on their experience as the artist-in-residence and its influence on their personal enrichment.

Artwork and Digital Images

Artists are not required to donate any artwork to Glacier National Park. However, artists may submit digital images of their artwork to be used by the park for educational and interpretative purposes.


Dates for 2018 Sessions

  • June 4 – 29, 2018
  • July 9 – August 3, 2018
  • September 3 - 28, 2018
  • October 1 – 26, 2018

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2018 season has already passed. Applications were accepted through between November and January. There is an application fee of $20. If you would like to receive an email reminder or have any additional questions please send an email.

A jury consisting of art professors, professional artists, museum curators and National Park Service staff panel the applications. The applications are evaluated based on the submitted artwork, the proposed project, and ability to present educational programs to a diverse audience.

All artists who apply will be notified of the outcome in late March.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists four weeks of focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of this astounding landscape while pursuing their artistic goals. It also allows artists the opportunity to share their work with an international audience through educational programs and exhibits. The Artist-in-Residence program continues a long history of Arts in the Parks.

How do I apply to become one of Glacier National Park’s Artist-in-Residence?
You will apply using the website

When does the call for Artist’s applications begin?
The call goes out November 1st and will accept applications through the end of January.

Is there a fee for my application?
There is a $20 application fee which directly supports the Artist-in-Residence program.

When should I expect to hear back from the park on the status of my application?
All artists will be notified of the outcome in late March.

Can I bring a family member, spouse or friend?
This opportunity is for the Artist only. Family members, spouses and friends are allowed to help with the move in and move out process but are not allowed to stay during the entire duration of your residency.

Do I need to bring my own vehicle?
A vehicle is required for this residency.

Does the cabin have Wi-Fi or cell service? (Note this is for residencies in June, July and September)
The cabin has neither of these services.

Can I bring a pet?
Pets are not allowed during your time here at Glacier National Park.

Does the housing have a laundry facility?
Neither the Lake McDonald cabin nor the Park Headquarters housing has access to laundry.

Where is the closest access to grocery shopping and other services?
Columbia Falls which is located approximately 19 miles outside of the West Entrance to the park.

Can I participate in this program if I am not a U.S citizen?
Yes. A J-1 Visa is mandatory for participation in the program.


Meet the Artists

Read about work of Former Glacier Artists-in-Residence

Read bios for Current Glacier Artists-in-Residence

Check the park Calendar for artist presentations.


Last updated: May 9, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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