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.



Ben Justis (July 13 - August 7)
Composer and percussionist Ben Justis has enjoyed performances of his works domestically and internationally by such ensembles as the Portland Percussion Group and United States Air Force Band. During the summer of 2019, he was an Artist-in-Residence at Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska) and Denali National Park, where he worked on original music to be donated to the parks. While in residence in Glacier, he took audio recordings of ambient soundscapes and anthropogenic noise which will inspire a piece that aims to sonically represent the retreat of the area's once-mighty glaciers. While at Glacier, Ben was able to give a virtual presentation on his work. An audio described version of this video is also available.

Ann Mansolino (August 31 - September 25)
Ann Mansolino uses photography, writing, and handmade book forms to explore the relationship between the internal self and external ideas of place. She is interested in the ways in which landscape can help us understand ourselves – as metaphors for our emotions and psychology, as well as expressions of our more literal relationship to nature and the larger world we inhabit. While in Glacier National Park, she created image and text works that reflect upon the features of the land, the need for preservation and conservation, and relevance of glaciated landscapes to our internal experiences of being human in the world. While at Glacier, Ann was able to give a virtual presentation of her work. An audio described version of this video is also available.


Amory Abbott (June 3 - June 28)
Abbott's charcoal landscape works are imaginative and dramatic reinterpretations of the world around us. Atmospheric and dark, dreamy and foreboding, his drawings envision wild and remote geographies as places of ancient magic, origins of myths and prophecies, of adventure, communion, cataclysm, and transformation. By combining local history, regional folklore, and global ecological concerns, Abbott uses his unique and fantastical style to explore how the deeper experience of place can inform how we see, how we relate, how we live in, and how we move through the land around us. Through workshops and material demos, he and park guests searched for deeper connections to the ground under their feet, and ethical paths forward as caretakers of our magical and precious planet.

Chad Farnes (July 8 - August 2)
Farnes uses the unique medium of tape, such as duct tape and painter's tape, to create photo realistic images. His art can best be described as a mosaic, emphasizing the overall impact that can be achieved through a collection of small pieces. Farnes recreated images from Glacier National Park using only tape and aided visitors in creating their own tape art masterpieces through a tape-by-numbers (similar to paint-by-numbers) system. Visitors were able to interpret the mosaic style to further evaluate the importance of individual actions when creating a sustainable environment.

Nic Fischer (August 26 - September 20)
Fischer is a painter who combines field studies with satellite imagery to illustrate backcountry exploration within expansive landscapes. Through presentations Nic shared his artistic process and the set up for backcountry painting. During his residency he painted from the summit of Edwards Mountain and created a foundation of reference from which to execute a large, complex landscape painting celebrating the reopening of Sperry Chalet and its majestic surroundings.


Matthew Harrison (June 4 - June 29)
Matthew is a vocal music specialist who translated the epic landscapes and rich local culture into choral literature for all ages. Through choral music, students can be metaphorically transported to the park and experience the sights and sounds through their active engagement with music written in Glacier for Glacier. During his stay here he collaborated with the Glacier Chorale to create a concert of the pieces he created during his residency. He believes when people can stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and experience the inherent beauty of creating harmony, a powerful force awakens for good in a world that needs more empathy.

Emily McIlroy (July 9 - August 3)
Emily uses the practice of drawing and painting as a means of connecting inner and outer landscapes. Her work explores forces and life forms of the natural world as metaphors for human emotional experience, and points to the radical ways we are interrelated with our environment. During her residency, she focused on the act of walking as part of her artistic process. Responding to Glacier’s wilderness through the creation of images and text, she composed an aesthetic field guide that aims to connect visitors with their passage through the park.

Jamie McHugh (October 1 – 26)
Jamie is a multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on the interplay between the inner landscape of the human body and the outer landscape – or larger body – of the natural world. His photographic and video work, primarily generated on the northern California coast, centers on the varying forms, qualities and movements of water to create inner coherence in the viewer. He was thrilled to immerse himself in the Glacier Park ecosystem to discover all that a new, unique terrain can inspire and generate. Jamie's final product was a time lapse video set to somatic music of superimposed photographs taken during his residency.


Matthew Dickerson is a narrative non-fiction nature and outdoors writer. In addition to his recent books Trout in the Desert and Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia, he has also written for literary magazines, journals of eco-poetics, fly-fishing magazines, newspapers, and web publications.

Laura Burlis completed a series of polymer clay landscapes, based on the varied ecosystems and biospheres found within the park. Her goal for her residency was to use her art to illuminate that connectedness, and thus respect for nature and peoples, to the visitors.

Pamela Haunschild is a painter of nature and wildlife. She works hard to develop paintings that speak to the beauty of our natural world and increase the desire of viewers to preserve that beauty.

Linda Beach createda series of art quilts featuring the different species of trees within the park and the particular role each of these species plays within their ecosystems as well as the challenges they face. She will explore the park, seeking out the various tree species and learning in more detail the challenges each of these species faces within the park. From this knowledge and the inspiration she finds in her explorations of the park, she would create her series of work.


Suze Woolf is a watercolor artist. Her art seeks to capture intense visual experiences and bring attention to the impact humans have on the environment.

Bryce Lafferty combines watercolor with sculpture and new media to create his innovative artwork. During his residency he explored the natural and human engineered systems that coexist presently and historically in the park—both visible and invisible.

Craig Barger is a photographer creating tintype portraits of farmers and craftsman who work the land. During his residency at Glacier he focused on National Park Ranger culture as well as other land stewards.

Jill Haley is an oboist/English horn player, and pianist who composes and records original music about national parks. After her first visit to Glacier National Park she was inspired to write music which led to her first recording “Glacier Soundscapes.” This also led to her interest in visiting and writing music about other national parks. During her residency she composed new music, as she revisited the original places that inspired her first recording.


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.

Last updated: December 3, 2020

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