Former Artists-in-Residence

Glacier's artists-in-residence have come from a variety of creative disciplines. Besides presenting programs to the public about their work, many artists create work that the park can use in interpretive programs and media.



Norman Riley is an American photographer working in the f/64 tradition popularized by Ansel Adams. Like Adams, Riley uses old-style large format film cameras to produce highly detailed images in black and white.

K. Gretchen Greene is a Boston area sculptor and designer known for her innovative work in steel and bronze. Drawing on memories of oceans, rivers and streams, Greene combines curling, twisting waves, rhythmic perforations, and fragments of torch etched text to create large, multilayered, abstract wall sculptures and carved, curved, layered sculptural table bases.

Erik Koeppel's paintings have hung beside Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, John Frederick Kensett and George Inness. His artistic purpose is to share with the viewer his sublime spiritual experience with the beauty of Nature.

Chris Gug is a photographer that shoots water features from below, above and even from half below and half above. At Glacier, he challenged himself with wide-field astro photography in hopes of using Lake McDonald to create the world's first ever partially underwater photos of the Milky Way Galaxy.


Stephen Lias is a composer and Professor of Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He has produced over a dozen pieces celebrating the wildlife, geology, wilderness opportunities, and cultural history of national parks.

At Glacier, photographer Oliver Klink continued a project called Ice, seeking to communicate speculation, adventure, exploration, and constant change. He captured the first part of the project, Ice in the Arctic and Antarctica, with the next phase focusing on the origin of ice and the effect of glaciation.

Melinda Whipplesmith Plank is a print artist who uses wood blocks and colored inks to create art. Her Glacier work focused on the park's flora and fauna.


Helene Fischman is a professional artist and teacher. During her time in Glacier, Helene photographed the park and guided a hike with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Missoula where each participant produced a body of photography and created poems written in quintain. View photos from their week.

Myra Messick Simons has done exhibit and design work for numerous museums. Simons worked with Glacier's Interpretive staff to create artwork for a set of new exhibits placed on the short paved loop behind Logan Pass Visitor Center. The resulting Wildlife Superpowers Exhibit focuses on adaptations to survive in the alpine environment.


Angela Mele created scientific illustrations of park flora and fauna for use as educational props and for activities related to Glacier's fire ecology programs.

Sha Riordan has been involved in theater arts for more than 25 years and has been a classroom theater arts teacher as well as a working artist for the last 15 years. Riordan helped Glacier develop a play for elementary school students to perform focusing on the influential artists in Glacier's history.


Dr. David Hsiung is a writer and historian at Juniata College in Pennsylvania with a specialty in American History. He researched and wrote biographical information on the influential people in Glacier's history. His work was used in the park's "People in Glacier" education program that coincided with the park's centennial, and became resource material for ranger programs.

Tim Ryan is a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in Northwest Montana and works in the Tribes' Cultural Preservation Department. He has extensive experience practicing ancestral skills and technologies. Ryan used natural materials to produce traditional products including a fire kit, a digging stick, baskets, and other items. These products are used in a variety of education programs to discuss cultural history in northwest Montana.


Deb Gerace combined her talents as a writer, composer, and teacher to write songs about Glacier National Park. Listen to the recorded version of her songs and find lyrics.

Tyler Norgren is a physics professor and member of the National Park Service Night Sky team working with astronomers and national parks to protect our dark skies and promote astronomy education through their continued enjoyment. Tyler worked with Glacier staff to develop public astronomy talks, stargazing programs, an astrophotography class, and provided them with astronomical images for their interpretive programs.


Robin Peterson holds both a veterinary medical degree and a graduate degree in Science Communication, Illustration. She created an educational mural depicting the variety of habitats found in Glacier National Park and how these habitats change from east to west and from low to high elevations.


Graphic designer and medical/scientific illustrator Helen Seay created line-art illustrations suitable for children to color as well as natural history field sketches for use in pre- and post-visit materials for teachers.

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