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:
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 Artist-in-Residence sessions:June 3 – 28, 2019
July 8 – August 2, 2019
September 2 - 27, 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.
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.
HousingThe 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 ArtistsUp 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 Artist-in-Residence program is open between November 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019.
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 early April at the latest.
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.
Last updated: November 26, 2018