Call Type: Residencies
City: Denali National Park
Entry Deadline: 9/30/15
Since 2001, a total of 60 accomplished artists, writers, and composers have participated in the Artist-in-Residence program at Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Following a 10-day residency, each volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors and to donate one piece of finished artwork to the program collection. For a two-year trial period beginning with this open call for residencies in 2016, the program will explore a preference for digital and performance-based donations rather than physical pieces for the program collection. Artists are challenged to create artwork and activities for visitors that offer a fresh and innovative perspective of the park drawn from their own experience.
In recent years, the program has expanded opportunities for artists to include a winter residency program and a dedicated residency in music composition. A first fine arts photographer was selected to participate as a visual artist in 2015. Each summer, greater direct interaction between artists and the visiting public now takes place through afternoon outreach activities in public spaces outside the Denali Visitor Center.
With the welcome addition of a new interactive iBook catalog and several new gallery spaces, artwork donated to the program collection enjoys a larger life in the public eye. Current gallery spaces include the Denali Visitor Center, Eielson Visitor Center, Murie Science and Learning Center, and the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, as well as Alaska Public Lands Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.