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



The Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park offers 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, supports the mission of the National Park Service and conservation of these public lands.

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.


Dates for the 2019 Artist-in-Residence sessions:

June 3 – 28, 2019
July 8 – August 2, 2019
August 26 - September 20, 2019

Benefit to the artist:

The program provides the artist with four weeks of uninterrupted time to pursue their work. It also offers the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach programs and contribute to the preservation of public lands.

Benefit to Glacier National Park:

The artist will present several public programs during their residency. These programs must be related to their 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 their experience as the artist-in-residence and its influence on their personal enrichment.

The artist will provide digital images of selected work to the park within six months of the completing the residency. The images should represent their experience 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.
General Information

Glacier National Park is located in Northwest Montana. The artist will be housed on the west side of the park. The nearest town is West Glacier, MT which is a small town located just outside the park. Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Kalispell are larger towns located about 30-40 minutes from the park and will provide the artist with most all necessary amenities. The artist will have limited access to cell phone service and internet is not provided in the house. Wifi service is available at several locations both inside and outside the park. Artists should be self-sufficient and provide all of their necessary art supplies. Artist must provide their own transportation.


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.

Collaborating Artists

Up to three artists may apply under one application if their proposed project is a collaboration of several artistic disciplines. The artists will be housed together and will need to be able to live and work in close proximity to each other.

How to Apply

The application period for Glacier National Park's 2020 Artist-in-Residence program will open around November 1, 2019. (Specific opening and closing dates for the application period will be announced later.)
Once the application period opens, applications are accepted through 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 by April 2020.

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 for applications will go out in the Fall of 2019. Check back here for specific dates.
  • 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 by April 2020.
  • 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?
    The only laundry facility in the park is half an hour away from the AiR cabin in the park headquarters area in West Glacier.
  • Where is the closest access to grocery shopping and other services?
    Very limited supplies are available at the campstore at Lake McDonald Lodge. There is a small grocery store in Hungry Horse about 8 miles west of West Glacier. Larger grocery store and other services are available in Columbia Falls, approximately 15 miles west of West Glacier.
  • Can I participate in this program if I am not a U.S citizen?
    Yes. Howevedr, a J-1 Visa is mandatory for participation in the program.
  • Can I collaborate with another artist?
    Yes. Up to 3 artists are allowed to jointly apply for the AiR program if the proposed project is a collaborative effort requiring multiple disciplines. These artists will be housed together and will need to be able to live and work in close proximity to each other. Please apply for all collaborating artists using one application.
  • What documents are required on the application?
    To apply you will need an artist statement, resume, letter of recommendation and media samples. Please do not include your name in your artist statement or your media samples, as our artist panel is done in the blind, with no access to the rest of your application. Do NOT mail any part of your application, including media samples to the park. If these documents are not loaded onto the CaFE site with your application, it will be rated as incomplete and you will not be considered for this residency.
  • What do I do if I am having trouble with the application process?
    Please put in a help ticket at the CaFE site at if you need help loading documents or have questions about the application process. The Artist-in-Residence Coordinator at Glacier may be out of the office on furlough from mid-November through late January. If you have questions about the residency, please email us at or call us 406-888-7851.
  • When do applications close?
    You will no longer be able to submit applications after the closing date (which will be announced later in 2019).

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: August 28, 2019

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