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

NPS/Tom Gray

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.

Artist selection has been made for 2017 season.

Trees next to a log cabin with porch
Artist-in-Residence Cabin



The lodging for the artists during the summer (June, July and September) is a historic cabin on the shores of Lake McDonald. It has a full kitchen, bath, one bedroom, and a studio space overlooking the lake. The October artist will be lodged in a house at park headquarters. Bed linens, towels, pillows and basic kitchen supplies will be provided. Artists are expected to provide their own art supplies, food and transportation. Artists are also responsible for the upkeep and cleaning of the house. Internet and cell phone service is not available. This housing is only available for the artist. Family members, significant others and friends will not be provided with housing.

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 2017 Sessions

  • June 5 – 30, 2017
  • July 10 – August 4, 2017
  • September 4 – 29, 2017
  • October 2 – 27, 2017

How to Apply

Applications for next year's artist-in-residence program will be 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.


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: June 30, 2017

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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