Artist-in-Residence

Man paints a picture of rushing water along the bank of McDonald Creek
An artist begins a painting of the rushing water and red rocks of Upper McDonald Creek

NPS PHOTO

 

The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers artists four weeks of focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of this inspiring landscape while pursuing their artistic goals. The program seeks artists whose work is related to the park’s interpretative themes, supports the mission of the National Park Service and conservation of these public lands.

It also allows artists the opportunity to share their work with an international audience through educational programs. The Artist-in-Residence program continues a long history of Arts in the Parks.

As part of the 2020 artist in residence program, our friends to the north in Waterton Lakes National Park (WLNP) invite successful candidates to visit Canada for a day to further connect the two parks as the world’s first International Peace Park (1932) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (1995). The trip to WLNP will consist of a tour of Waterton as well as giving a workshop/presentation similar to the ones given in Glacier National Park. The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site share geology, ecology, lakes, wildlife, and culture, all of which transcend international borders. WLNP staff wish to share their art and stories as well. A valid passport is required for visitation into Canada, so please plan accordingly if you wish to accept their invitation.

Dates for the 2019 Artist-in-Residence sessions:

June 1 – 26, 2020
July 6 – July 31, 2020
August 31 - September 25, 2020


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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the call for Artist’s applications open in 2020?
The call will open on November 6 and applications will be accepted through January 6. You will no longer be able to submit applications after 11:59pm Mountain Time (Denver) on January 6th.

What artistic mediums does this program accept?
This residency is open to artists of all disciplines including visual artists, writers, videographers, dancers, singers, musicians, etc.

How do I apply to become one of Glacier National Park’s Artist-in-Residence?
Applications are submitted using the website www.callforentry.org, attaching the required documents including resume, media sample, and writing sample if you are a literary artist. IF you are interested in seeing the questions asked on the Call for Entry site, click here. Please do not mail any part of your application, including media samples to the park. If you do not have the required documents downloaded as part of your application by the time the call closes, your application will be considered incomplete, and we cannot consider you for a residency.

If you are having technical issues, or need guidance on how to use the site, check out all the quick guides and other resources on the CaFE site by clicking on the help tab at the top of the page, or email technical help by using the ticket tab.

Glacier National Park's Artist-in-Residence Program Director will be out of the office starting November 22, returning in mid-February. There will be limited other staff to answer questions about the AiR program during this time. For questions, please contact park staff at e-mail us.

Is there a fee for my application?
There is a $20, non-refundable 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 early April at the latest.

How does the park pick the artists for this residency?
Your application will first be reviewed by park staff, who will look for applicants that have projects that fit with the goals of this NPS residency. The top 50 applications will be shared with our artist panel. The artists will then score applications, picking the top 25 applications to be shared with a staff panel. This group of Glacier employees will interview and choose the final 3 artists to invite this year, based on proposed projects, presentation ideas and connections with Glacier National Park’s interpretive themes.

What am I asked to give back to the park as part of this opportunity?
Glacier does not require donations of pieces of art, but instead asks for digital samples to be provided within six months of completing the residency. The images should represent their work done as the artist-in-residence. The park has the right to use those digital images in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach.

The park also requires all Artists-in-Residence to share three public presentations to be given during the artist’s residency. Programs must be related to your experience as the artist-in-residence. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. We ask that programs are offered on both sides the park, and possibly in the local community. Programs can be for any audiences, including youth, park staff, visitors and locals. Upon returning home the artist is encouraged to also present one public program to share the experience with their local community. This program should focus on your experience as the artist-in-residence and its influence on your personal enrichment.

Can I collaborate with another artist?
Yes. Up to three artists may apply under one application if their proposed project is a collaboration of several artistic disciplines. Specific directions on how to apply as collaborating artists can be found in the application. The artists will be housed together and will need to be able to live and work in close proximity to each other.

Housing
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. 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.

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?
The cabin has neither of these services. The nearby Lake McDonald Lodge may provide intermittent Wi-Fi.

What is provided by the park for my visit?
The cabin is fully furnished, with kitchen supplies and linens. This includes a coffee maker, toaster, microwave, sheets and towels. You will need to bring your own food and clothing to be safe and comfortable out exploring the park. We also provide bear spray and park radio.

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

Does the housing have a laundry facility?
No. There is a communal laundry facility in Park Headquarters, approximately twenty minutes from the cabin.

Where is the closest access to grocery shopping and other services?
The closest option is Hungry Horse, located approximately 20 miles from the AiR cabin. Columbia Falls, a larger town with more services, is located approximately 27 miles from the AiR cabin.

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, and you can apply for a J-1 in early April after you have received a residency offer.

Email e-mail us to be added to our email list for updates on exact application dates each year, or with questions about 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: November 6, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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