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2020 Artist-in-Residence Program  -  Denali National Park  •   Denali National Park, Alaska
Deadline:  September 30, 2019
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Eligibility: International

Denali is seeking a diverse suite of voices to help share the unique story and important messages of Denali through art. This year we are asking applicants to focus on the topic of "Adapting to Change". 

Alaska Native Artists and Artists working in sustainable, recycled, or repurposed material (Visual Artists) are strongly encouraged to apply. Alaskan Artists: Contact the Artist in Residence Coordinator directly if internet access or speed is a challenge, and a mail in application can be arranged. 

The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to exploring new ways for visitors to experience Denali. From hundreds of competitive applications each year, about a half-dozen accomplished artists, writers, and composers are invited by the park superintendent to spend ten days in Denali at their own expense the following summer. Visits include a permit for limited access along the Denali Park Road and time at a historic ranger patrol cabin.

Each participant volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors and may choose to donate a finished work to the program collection. Artists are challenged to create works for visitors that convey a fresh and innovative perspective of Denali drawn from direct experience. With the welcome addition of several year-round gallery spaces beyond park boundaries, more of these donated works enjoy a larger life in the public eye. Our digital gallery is enjoyed by many who visit us by website long before or after their actual trip in the park. Although digital and performance based donations are often preferred due to lack of storage, physical peices may be donated if approved in advance and meet these specific guidelines. 

  1. Two-dimensional donations should not exceed 48 inches in any dimension and be suitably framed for hanging on wall-track systems in park galleries.
  2. Three-dimensional donations that require the purchase of custom display cases may not exceed 24 inches in any dimension. No piece should require permanent installation or structural modification of park facilities.


Costs of program operations and collateral-duty staffing are supported by visitor entry fees. Costs of supplies for free outreach activities are provided by Alaska Geographic with funds derived from purchases at park bookstores.

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Denali National Park